Stgeli's Allotment blog


Describing my allotment since 2011

Archive for April, 2011

Sunday, April 24th, 2011

Nice early start meant that I was much more into the 90 minute session that I spent up there.

Sowed broad beans, peas, more radish and turnips plus some lettuce in the greenhouse ready for planting out. I tend to do lettuce using direct to ground and pots to plant out as they seem to work equally well.

It’s desperately in need of rain up there but fortunately I still have enough in store to be able to water things.

This regular watering means that things are really starting to show mostly the beans, peas and onions are benefiting from the time spent with the watering can. Only the parsnips haven’t germinated yet although it is not unusual for them to need three sowings.

Friday, April 22nd, 2011

Another long session where I got loads done despite being up there later than planned.

I got the wire around the brassicas, onions and salad vegetables put up. This should keep the rabbits at bay and in conjunction with a net, the pigeons.

I also sowed come kohl rabi in the greenhouse and did the usual round of watering given the lack of rain for the past two weeks.

I also noticed that I have a hole in one of my water barrels which I will have to plug with some sealant.

Tuesday, April 19th, 2011

Short watering visit where all the plants got a good soaking to compensate for the long period of time with no rain. I also got the small number of strong shallots that we pickle planted. There probably won’t be enough for this year to use but they will be saved for next year.

It’s actually not looking too bad up there at the moment despite the lack of rain. The broad beans, peas and potatoes are already showing and we had our first asparagus spears earlier this week.

More forking and potatoes

Sunday, April 17th, 2011

Got my initial patch finally forked with the first round of weed removal. The left over second potatoes plus some that were just hanging around from shop bought ones also went in. I have probably three more rows worth of space and that bed is full.

At least the ones planted a few weeks ago are starting to show which is heartening. The bed is benefiting from the lack of water in that the weeds are being kept down.

More sowing

Sunday, April 17th, 2011

Added a row of shallots to the onion bed. These aren’t the super strong varieties that we pickle, the small number that I have left of those are due to go in soon.

I also got carrots, lettuce and radish sown outside plus brassicas inside. Due to a massive over production of cabbages through the years, I’m limiting these to significantly less. Since I know that we’re responsible for Christmas lunch this year sprouts were also included. Stuff such as turnip, kohl rabi and swede will go in at a later date.

More things in the ground and on it

Saturday, April 9th, 2011

Another hours long session today with beans, peas and potatoes going into the ground. I also covered the area around the fruit trees with cardboard to keep the weeds down.

Long days work

Friday, April 8th, 2011

Had a day off today so was able to get caught up with the planting of onions and parsnips. Both these take about 90 minutes each to properly get them sorted.

The onions needed a chunk of ground forking over then planting the sets so that there is enough space between them. The parsnips need cone shaped holes creating, filling with a mixture of compost and grit sand and finally three seeds sown in each one. It’s a lot of faff but does result in fantastic large non-forked roots.


More weeding

Wednesday, April 6th, 2011

The new allotment is being created out of a huge patch of weed-infested ground that includes Himalayan Balsam, dock, buttercup and grass. The former is straightforward as it is an annual but the latter weeds are a huge pain to deal with. So after digging an area just to break up the soil it has to be forked over to remove as many roots as possible.

This is long and time consuming business with little more than two square yards possible in thirty minutes when the going is really bad. It pays dividends in about three years when things get easier but it’s really hard work to begin with.

But having done it before, I know that it will get easier so it’s worth the effort and being close to the house means that I don’t have to spend thirty minutes travelling time so can do a bit each evening.

You get a huge pile of weeds and roots at the end of it ‘though.

Long winded way of saying that another small patch of previously dug wasteland was forked over and the rubbish growing within was partially thinned out.

Watering things

Tuesday, April 5th, 2011

Slight lack of time has meant that all I’ve been able to do up at the allotment has been water the leeks and onions that were sown a while back. Some have failed to appear and have been resown with newer seed.

The rest of the crop seem to be doing well along with that sown at home.

New potatoes

Saturday, April 2nd, 2011

This is new in both type and location as I got the remainder of my first earlies planted in the new allotment at home. It seemed like a sensible thing as it will be nice to have new potatoes straight from the ground without a twenty minute journey back.