Plot 32A

Plot 32A was A Plot of Two Halves but now we only have the one half….


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Its Half Time

Well today we have given up one of the two halves.  We haven’t had the time of late to go and do both halves justice and it was becoming more of a chore when we were there.

So, we have kept the half where we have built the fruit cage and that had the greenhouse and shed on.

All of that half is covered with weed control fabric and wood chip to reduce the pesky weeds.

We will now build raised beds and fill with top soil to get ready for next years growing season.

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We have work to do to tidy up area’s but we have time during the Autumn and Winter to do this.

Stay tuned folks……

 

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Planting in the rain…..

This weekend has been a bit of a wash out.  Saturday was a non starter as far as the plot goes so I had to go down today.

I took so beef tomatoes that we had been given down to plot on.  7 in total, nicely potted on and in the green house.

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I also planted 2 cucumbers and 4 squash plants into grow bags in the cold frame.

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We still have more tomato plants and squash to put in!

That was enough for the afternoon but before I left I took a quick look around the plot.

Everything is coming on nicely.  Just need a nice long summer now please!!!

Stay tuned folks for more blog updates……


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FRUIT CAGE!!!!!

Ladies and Gentlemen, the fruit cage is constructed!!

Its taken a while, its not perfect but it is ours and it is great!!

All we need to do now is net it and get some more fruit plants and we’re off.

We will have strawberry gutters all the way through on the inside support posts for even more fruit!DSC_3124DSC_3123DSC_3122

We had a load of wood chip delivered a few days before and this needs to be spread around now to cover the area completely in an effort to suppress the weeds!

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We have topped up the flower border and it now looks so much better, especially with the addition of some more flowers.

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Most of the veg beds are now weeded and planted, thanks to Mrs Weston.

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We have 4 more beds to rescue from the fast growing weeds that have popped up in the last 3 – 4 weeks.  If only the veg grew as fast eh?

During a small break in the work, I noticed a rather large bee busying itself on the blackberries.

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It was considerably bigger than all the other bee’s that were around.  A queen maybe?

Anyway, stay tuned folks as the next event will be the netting and more fruit plants being introduced!

 


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Hot Day in the Sun

Long day at the plot yesterday.  Got there about 1045 with plans to weed the beds and continue on the fruit side and cover the remaining area.

The garlic looked ready to harvest so that was the first job.  Weeded that bed as well so that we could plant in it afterwards.

We had one Elephant garlic and the rest was over wintering garlic.  Most was OK but some were small with more cloves growing further up the stem!?

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Alison weeded the rest of the beds and we found that we had quite a few carrots which was a nice surprise.

We left the parsnip bed alone as we couldn’t quite distinguish them from the weeds!!

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Alison then planted the celery and broccoli in the bed that had housed the garlic.

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Then it was the turn of the bean and cucumber bed to get weeded.  We harvested some beans.

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I continued to weed and cover the fruit side of the plot and I marked out the area for the poly tunnel.  Just got to order it now!!

Before we left the greenhouse plants and tomatoes outside the greenhouse got a good watering.

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Along day but a productive one.


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A Plot of Two Halves, now has Two Halves!

Long day at the plot today and it started well and got better!

The community Payback guys were digging one half of our plot over after it had been strimmed previously.

This was the half after the strimming session:

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The payback guys dug over and removed the weeds on over 40 square meters of the area that you see above.  I then covered the area with weed control fabric, pinned and weighed it down to protect from the winds.

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There is still a bit to clear but it shouldn’t take that long and then the whole area will be covered.

On here we will have a poly tunnel and a fruit area, raspberries, blackberries, strawberries etc.

At the front we already have a plum tree and a cherry tree and we will add a pear tree and some more rhubarb.

Alison was busy weeding and planting today.  She planted the cucumbers in the netted greenhouse, where the beans are growing nicely.  She also planted out the beetroot and lettuces.

I made a 6ft x 6ft raised bed and repaired a couple of others.  We now only have the 6ft x 6ft bed to plant in on the veg side of the plot.

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We also have some new arrivals in the pond; 2 frogs found by the payback guys were re homed and joined the tadpoles.

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At the end of day Alison planted more flowers in the front of the plot which will attract some much needed bees!!

the next few weeks will be interesting as everything is starting to grow and fruit.  Happy times ahead!

Stay tuned folks…….

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Plot Review – Month on Month

We were looking through some plot photo’s today, showing Alison’s niece what we had done so far, when we saw the image taken, the day we signed for the plot, the 27th of September 2014.

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Within a month we had planned the area for the shed and large greenhouse, weeded and covered the area.

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After the bonfire evening in November, we cracked on with the veg side of the plot and unearthed some pre existing beds.

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December gave us some lovely frosty days.  One of these days gave me the opportunity to dig up the old raspberry canes and make that particular area ready for potatoes.

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January saw a marked improvement in the whole plot.  We had a poly tunnel frame that we would use as a fruit cage, more beds were readied for planting and the over wintering onions and garlic were doing well.

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February saw us build an arbour over the middle path at the front of both halves.  To grow up and over the arbour we have planted blackberries and raspberries.

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March saw the large greenhouse take up residence on the plot.  The shed will go before the greenhouse to shield it from the wind, which generally blows down the site towards our plot.

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March also saw us loose the poly tunnel frame that we planned to use as a fruit cage.  The wind got hold of it and blow it right to the end of the site.  We did rescue the netting and roof of the frame to use to net brassica beds.

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April saw the shed make an appearance on the plot and 6 medium size beds plus the spud bed be ready for the planting to take place.  We also found that we had a small pond in the corner of one of the beds.

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And finally, or at least so far, to May.  The greenhouse is clean and ready for the tomatoes, the potatoes are in and the pond has changed dramatically!

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The veg side, or as it is now known as Alison’s side, looks great now and we have 4 small beds left to plant up.

Its been a great 8 months so far.  Lots of hard work but that work has paid off.

In addition, Humphrey Park Allotment Association is a great site to be part of.  Everyone is so friendly and helpful.  The community spirit is amazing and there are events planned through out the year, including the plant sale of this bank holiday weekend, to raise funds for the Association and to bring the plot holders together and keep the community spirit alive and kicking!!


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Strimming & Planting

Well, this weekend was the allotment plant sale. So, we were up earlier than normal on Saturday and Sunday to go and help out.

After we had done what we could, we returned to A Plot of Two Halves.

Alison prepared two more beds and planted carrots and parsnips.  Her drills and lines are getting straighter!  The carrots are in the bed that is covered with the parsnips next door, uncovered.

We were given some beans so they were planted in the unglazed greenhouse for them to climb up the corners.  We then netted the whole greenhouse to protect them.

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Cucumbers will also go in the netted greenhouse to grow up strings from the apex of the roof.

We bought some flowers for the front border on the fruit half of the plot and I got to work planting them.

We have African marigolds, Cosmos, Corn Flower, Dahlia’s, Verbena, Petunia plus others, all planted and they should give a great show during the summer months and into Autumn.  All thats missing is some wood chip to cover the weed control fabric!!

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Alison had also planted lots of new seeds to try and get at least some growing in the hope of rescuing what we had lost.

The broccoli is growing very well already.

Two of our fellow allotmenteers donated so tomato plants to us and we have re-potted them and housed them in the green house with the hop that they will give us some good crops this summer.

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Next weekend, we have the option of the Community Payback Team digging over the fruit half of the plot and giving us a fighting chance of actually planting on there and eventually putting a poly tunnel on there as well.  So we hired the allotment strimmer and and levelled all the weeds and grass that had grown.

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The guys will then turn it all over, rake and skim what’s left, dig a bloody great big hole, fill it and cover it over.

I will then level that half completely and cover with weed control fabric.  We will then plant fruit bushes through the covering and cover with wood chip.

We will also put the poly tunnel on this side.

Then we are almost down and ready to enjoy the plot, not that we don’t now but to know that we have broke the back of most of the hard work.

Stay tuned folks….summer is just around the corner!!