Wednesday, April 27, 2005
Monday, April 25, 2005
Saturday, April 23, 2005
Saturday, April 16, 2005
Broad Bean Update
Wednesday, April 13, 2005
Sunday, April 10, 2005
Chinese Artichokes & Onions
Friday, April 08, 2005
I finally picked some of the overwintered Chard. It is looking very fresh and tender, unlike the big fat late season stalks. We also picked some Early Purp for a stir fry with sesame seeds, garlic, onion, mushroom, a splash of white wine, a few chives from the garden and Blue Dragon crushed yellow bean sauce. We also used "add to the pan" noodles. Not strictly Allotment business but while we were at the Zoo today it (lightly & briefly) snowed!
Wednesday, April 06, 2005
Small Triangle Remaining
This small triangle is the only remaining empty space!!! Even in the wind and rain it was quite cosy in the GH, even though it leaked a bit at all four corners. I think I will use silicon sealant on the gaps. Is this a good idea? I cut the small piece of glass for the central door panel myself and am building up to this oddly shaped pane.
I am going to grow French beans in pots on the staging using capillary matting for watering. I am wondering about some tomatoes in rings and some in growbags to see which do best. I really must get pricking out at home and shifting things into the GH.
Blustery Weather Upsets Broad Beans
When I got here this afternoon it was very blustery and the windbreak had come loose and bashed some of the Garlic. (Oh the irony). The staples had been wrenched from the posts so I tied it up with a small piece of string. Hope it does the trick. The beans were flopping all over the place so I stuck in a few extra canes at various angles to give them some support. If I don't taste Broad beans this year ther'll be big trouble....
The garlic looks like it will be ok. Tim was very impressed with the size of the overwintered garlic. I really wish I'd got more than one bulb from Robinson's (see links). I begrudged a couple of quid for an extra bulb and now look at me!
View from Elsewhere
Sunday, April 03, 2005
2nd Earlies Planted
I planted a small number of second earlies today. They are in the darker area of soil. The other end of the bed has the first earlies. I am intending to plant the maincrop (Desiree) later this week.
I top dressed most of the vegetables with pelleted chicken manure as Geoff Hamilton recommends.
In case you're wondering I haven't quite got all the glass in the GH yet as I need a couple more pieces cutting, and I seem to be one 24" x 24" square short for the door.
I have decided to move the MGH at home to the opposite wall as the seedlings are going leggy staight away due to the shade from the clematis and rose.