Graham spent the morning making jam from the fruit we had frozen in the autumn. 4kg of sugar was used to make this rasberry and blackberry conserve.
Sunday, 19 May 2013
Monday, 6 May 2013
With the weather set fair, we spent a lot of hours on this weekend at the allotment.
Lots of edgig and rotivating were done.
From a planting point of view, it was Peas, Broadbeans and Sweet Peas transplanted from the greenhouse. Seeds were sewn for Spring onions, carrots and poppies.
Onions were hoed, and the weeds taken to the tip. Exhausting.
Sunday, 28 April 2013
6 years in, we've decided to invest in technology and have got ourselves a rotivator. It ploughed this bed really quickly. But apparently it is quite tiring taming the machine.
In the bed I planted spinach and beetroot. Aso, in the raised bed, I planted some Radish seeds.
Wednesday, 24 April 2013
Today at the allotment wepicked the first crop from 2013 growth (we're still picking some cabbage from last summer). All rather exciting.
The other good news at the allotment is that the warmth of the last few days has allowed the onions to grow, and it looks like we might be in for a good crop after all (fingers crossed).
The broadbeans are doing well down there too. There's still a lot of digging and prearation to do though before we can put other plants and seeds in.
Saturday, 20 April 2013
Sunday, 14 April 2013
Today has been about the first truly warm day (car thermometer said 19 degrees). Whilst we had a little pop to the allotment to put some veg peelings on the compost heap, and have a look at the onions - about 20, today was about sewing seeds in the greenhouse.
The greenhouse is now looking fairly full :-). Today I've planted:
- French beans (cobra) - we eat these during the summer
- Runner beans (Butler) - we freeze these for winter eating
- Courgette (jemmer F1) - we eat as many of these as we can, and then make ratatouille with the rest. These are a bright yellow colour, slightly sweeter than green courgette, and look far more interesting on your plate!
- Sweetcorn (early extra sweet F1)
- Gourds (Butternut, and Uchiki Kuri)
- Pumpkin (small sugar).
Note, I didn't need the extra broadbeans I planted - I now have about 45 plants! Going to be a lot of picking!!!!
Sunday, 7 April 2013
So we went away for a fortnight, and what should be the beginning if Spring. But the UK has had freezing cold weather during this time, therefore I was a little bit weary about what I would find.
At the allotment, the garlic has begun to grow (hurrah); the rhubarb has frost burn, but should be recoverable (hmm); and the spinach and rainbow chard has been destroyed (boo).
In the greenhouse, the broadbeans that I thought were old and knackered have sprouted (bonus bumper broadbean bonanza?);the peas and tomatoes are beginning to do their thing (nice), and everything else is not responding (hurry up).
However, as it is now a little bit warmer (washing is drying outside), and signficantly lighter, I hope that things will catch up, and we actually planned our holiday really well!
Saturday, 16 March 2013
Whilst it's still a little cold, today I've planted:
- Broadbeans (Bunyards Exhibition) - yes, I know this has already been said once this year, but after a freezing fortnight and no sign of growth, I decided it might be because the seed is old, so I purchased some more this morning from Sainsbury's and it happens to be the same type.
- Squash (Early Flat White) - this is a heritage type, let's see if it grows
- Statice - Art Shades Mixed - some flowers for my garden
- Pea - Klevedon Wonder
- Leek - Caretan
Sweet Pea - Perfume Delight, to encourage the bees at the allotment and for picking for my living room.
Hopefully it will warm and they will grow.
Wednesday, 13 March 2013
Monday, 11 March 2013
Goodness, didn't expect this snow and cold this far into March. The fleece is back out on the onion bed. I'm hoping that the crop isn't ruined.
I've only got the broadbeans in the mini greenhouse, no point planting anything else as it won't germinate in this cold. Hoping that the broadbeans take off too.
Saturday, 9 March 2013
Thursday, 7 March 2013
A recent advert was sent through from the Alton Allotment Assocation, asking
"Do you grow your own fruit, veg and flowers and do you know what to do with them? Are you the complete kitchen gardener?
We are looking for pairs who have the skills and the dedication to compete to be the nation's best kitchen gadener. someone who can cultivate the perfect carrot, make their green tomatoes into award winning chutney and turn their dahlias and sweet peas into floral arrangements fit for a Queen.
If you have the skills to compete and are interested in featuring in our BBC 2 series...."
Whilst this isn't for us - don't have the time for a start, we probably don't have the skills either. We make a really good pair, my leading the growing, Graham leading the cooking. But we are probably too 'safe' with what we do with the product at the end of the day.
This is a little bit of a challenge to make sure that we continue to learn and develop on our allotment.
I've used organic coir pots for the first time (a gift), to bring these seedlings on.
Chilli is (Hot) Orange Wonder
Tomato a mixture of Gartenperle and The Amateur (seems appropriate).
I've got them on the windowsill in my dining room, and have put clingfilm on top to keep them warm. When they're a bit bigger, they will be planted into larger pots.
Sunday, 3 March 2013
We spent the morning tidying at the allotment.
The biggest issue with tidying in the raspberry bed is clearing the raspberry routes, these have a tendency to put out shoots so as to colonise new areas, so we dug up masses of these so that something else can go in this bed too - possibly the spinach, but I'm not quite sure yet.
Today's the 3rd March, you can see the rhubarb sprouting in the background, won't be long until we are picking it.