Friday, 3 August 2018

Getting some harvest

My paprika type peppers are beginning to go red. I bought several different types which I will smoke, dry & powder for use in cooking.

These ones are an upright type.

These are Cayenne.

I have a few pumpkins ripening.

Lots of water needed.

Having major problems with the tomatoes, they all have yellow shoulder, supposedly caused by lack of available potassium. Some also have blossom end rot. Next year i will have to add lots of organic matter to stop this happening again.

My calabrese is finally getting there.

Sweetcorn has done the best. There are so many large cobs, I've already picked loads.

Tuesday, 17 July 2018

Still no rain.

I finally figured out why I had a few extra bits from the staging. I'd put it together wrongly, only because I copied how it came apart. The person I got it from had put it together wrongly in the first place. I took it apart & put it all together correctly.

The peppers are growing nicely in the greenhouse, still waiting for them to go red.

The pumpkins are growing well, a few good flowers already.

My tomato plants are doing ok, a few brown patches on the leaves & some have blossom end rot. Beginning to turn red now.

The sweetcorn is doing brilliantly. I have got so many corns, most are now going brown on the tassel ends. 

The neighbouring plot is doing well, although I have noticed a lot off brambles are coming up through their raised beds. They are coming back up on mine too even though I tried to dig them all out.

I have been going down the plot every other day to water. We have had no rain for about 2 months now. My poor potatoes are not doing very well because of it. It also means the soil is very hard & I've now broken 2 spades digging.

Tuesday, 5 June 2018

Gooseberry bushes

So I put a call out on freecycle for some fruit bushes & got a reply back for 3 mature gooseberry bushes. Good, Mum loves them & the 2 I found on the plot got killed off by the neighbours. 
So off I trot to collect them. The guy has dug them up & left them out for me to pick up. 

Not sure when he dug them up but they were very dry & very old.

This was the worst one, there was lots of weeds mixed into the roots so I had to pull them all out. I also cut them into smaller bushes & cut loads of dead wood out.

I was left with 3 buckets of waste, but I did end up with 7 very nice bushes. They have all been potted up & watered well. Now to let them grow on a bit before putting them down the plot.

Tuesday, 29 May 2018

Getting there

Gosh, I've been bad at keeping up with the blog again. It's been a hard slog down the plot & all the weeds are growing back. 

I've put cardboard down to try & help keep them down but brambles are very determined to grow. I intend to put some pumpkins in to help keep it all down.

I have put plastic windows into the greenhouse as we aren't allowed glass in case someone hurts themselves. There is just the large end, 4 triangles and the door to finish off.

I have 2 water barrels that I need to get sorted & hooked up to it.

I have put the first lot of peppers in, the staging looks good although I seem to have ended up with a few bits left over that I didn't know where they went.  

 I also managed to get myself a storage box for free from a friend. I have a baby changing table to go in too (for a potting table) but not sure where I'm going to put it.

The potatoes are coming up nicely, so are the weeds but they should soon get smothered by the potato leaves.

Got the sweetcorn in, put little collars around them to help keep water in & protect them from slugs/snails/mice etc.. I have also put a row of garlic around them (not in pic) that has been waiting to go in since before Christmas.

Next I managed to get my tomatoes in. Again I put little collars around them (cut from plastic bottles). Also more garlic planted around. The tomato plants look a bit yellow in this picture but I think that's where the sun was catching them.

Still loads more to do. All the weeds are coming up, still have to dig the top bit for the beans & need to get the raspberries in, and the broccoli. Never ending, but that's the fun of it.

Wednesday, 25 April 2018

Greenhouse is up

Phew, what a week. We had lovely sun last week & it was very hard work getting all the sand & pavers down to the plot. This week it's much colder & very windy but I cracked on.

I got the whole frame up on my own, it took a bit figuring out how it went together & I was one piece missing but knew it was a home somewhere (finally found it). I have 10 plastic panes on order, will need some more but in bigger sizes.

I dug over a bit more, so many bramble roots. All the weeds are starting to grow again. I have some cardboard down & will be getting more. Some of the tree stumps are starting to grow so I can now see most of them are Sycamore. They will come out eventually

Wednesday, 18 April 2018

Building the greenhouse

I have a few days off work so managed to get down to the plot. Luckily the weather has got so much better, it was 26C according to the car temp.

I had to make several runs down there, first with the wood planks & then with the sand, but i got it sorted. Tomorrow I will take the paving slabs to lie on top.

 I expect I will find a few gifts left by the local cats by the time I get back down tomorrow.

I got a few rows of potatoes in, it wasn't easy as I broke my spade.

This is only one of the bramble roots I have had to dig out. There are loads more.

Hopefully I will be able to pick up some cardboard to cover the end of the plot soon.

Monday, 19 March 2018

Plottin on.

Well after all that snow we had some nice weather so I got down the plot to do some more digging. 

I picked up 40 pavers & have just laid them down on the ground so I can see where I'm going & to help with planning. They are bumpy but I will smooth that out before I finish.

I have dug 25ft by 14ft so far. The lump of concrete goes all the way across the plot, I'm wondering if it's some type of pipe line for the houses nearby.

At least I will have space for the potatoes & sweetcorn. Now to dig somewhere for all the rest to go.

At home I have some plants already growing. Some of the peppers haven't yet germinated, hopefully they will soon. I did sow some more.

Locsei and Pimento have all germinated, Bukaten is 2nd with 80%, Cayenne has only 60% whilst the Tomato Pepper & Kalocsai haven't germinated yet. 

The Indigo on the far right is for my home garden, it produces a blue dye. None of them have germinated yet either.

My tomatoes are doing brilliantly. The Roma is the only one which has 2 that haven't germinated but that's not a problem as there is plenty of time to sow some more.

I have plenty of potatoes chitting. Rooster, Desiree & Maris Piper.

Mum's peas have started, there are lots of gaps where some haven't yet germinated, not sure if I need to wait or re-sow.

I decided to use some fence paint I found in my shed to treat the wooden parts of the shelving for the greenhouse, they look really nice now.

Then it decided to snow again so I've not been able to go plotting all weekend.