Friday, 15 March 2019

The week from hell.

It's been a horrible few weeks for me. . My sweet dog became very ill & passed away. I miss her so much.

She was a very great digger. Usually in the middle of my lawn or flower beds. I would look out the window & see a shower of dirt flying in the air. She didn't get a chance to get down the plot with me, too many thorns with the brambles, was waiting until it was all dug over & safe for her.

I had got half of the whole plot dug over & sorted all ready to take her down this year. 

I have dug over the top patch, where the broccoli was last year. Will put the sweetcorn in here this year. I have ordinary ones & I also have bought some red & some black sweetcorn. Will be fun to see if they are actually coloured or if I've been "had". They were cheap enough if I have been.

I have planted the garlic & onions in this bed, covered with straw & hay. I have had to weed as the wheat or barley, whatever the straw was made from, had started to grow too.

This bed is for my fruit. Raspberries, yellow, black & red ones, summer & autumn fruiting. Also the strawberries.

Blueberries, Gooseberries & currants. 

Full length dug over & covered with horse poop, bunny poop & hay. The path has been done down the middle.

This was all before the storm hit. We have had very high winds & I haven't been able to get down there until today. Unfortunately I was met by this..... 

The greenhouse had been lifted by the winds & most of the plastic panes have been blown out. Most have been collected but there are about 3 missing, one I can see but can't reach beyond the railings by the railway line. I just hope it doesn't blow onto it.

I'm hoping my luck changes very soon. 

Tuesday, 20 November 2018

All over for now

Well my growing season is all over, the sweetcorn did very well, so did the broccoli. Got lots of pumpkins & peppers.

The tomatoes weren't very good but I did get enough to make more puree to last the next year.

The peas were a bust too. Potatoes didn't do well either.

So, I have been digging & making beds now. All the weeds have grown back.

Lots of ripe pumpkins, drying in the greenhouse.

Have built 2 sections of a compost heap, will add more soon.
Need to get the water barrels sorted out yet.

Plastic over the right hand side to kill weeds. On the left I have built 2 (now 3) beds. Still have more to do.

The tomatoes are now out & I have actually planted the garlic & winter onions. I have covered them with straw, don't know if it will be beneficial but can only try.

I have bought more raspberries & filled the bed. Also the strawberries have gone in under them.

I have laid the builders bags down then covered with the tree cuttings to make paths.

For the next few months I will carry on digging whilst the weather is good, which isn't today.

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