Plot 32A

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


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Cold Frame & Fruit Cage

Spent a good few hours at the plot today.  The weather was kind as it didn’t rain and was nice and mild.

I had taken a lot of wood to the plot during the week and needed to sort it out into what we needed and what I could give the site for anyone to use.

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Once done, I got on with building one of the two cold frames that we had been given.

The first one will go along the length of the greenhouse and we will grow lettuce and spring onions it in grow bags.

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Once cleaned and situated correctly, it was time to move on to the fruit cage.

As followers of the blog will know, I had already situated the met posts and 6 of the eight upright posts.

Now was time the add the top bars.

So that’s two thirds of the fruit cage almost completed.  There will be mid rails for more support and also support bars in the angles.

Then, we have to decide what fruit we will grow!

All being well, the cage will be completed in the next week and we can start to concentrate of the fruit and not the cage and also on cleaning the greenhouse and planning the seeds to sow!

Exciting times ahead as the growing season will soon be upon us.

Stay tuned folks…..

 

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Fruit Enclosure (for want of a better title!)

So today I went to the plot for the first time in months!!  Well, in actual fact, it is the first time in months!

Between the bad weather, a trip to New York and the festivities of Christmas and the New Year, we have not found the time to go.

We have always wanted an area where we can grow fruit and keep it netted to protect it from the birds.  So, this weekend saw (no pun intended) me purchase the timber and met posts and make a start.

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The enclosure will be 8 ft wide by 24 ft long and will be netted.

The first 6 met posts have been sunk into the ground, which after all the rain was easily accomplished by hand!

The treated timber has been screwed in situ in the met posts and.

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The top rails and middle rails will be added on the next visit, as will the angled braces.

We then have to decide what fruit bushes we want to plant and get the whole enclosure netted.

I also managed to clean and tidy the shed during today’s visit.

It is now nice and clean and organised a bit better.

So, we now have some impetus going forward into the coming weeks to finish the fruit enclosure, finish the weeding and generally tidy up the plot.

Stay tuned folks……….

 

 


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Over Wintering

This weekend I planted our over wintering onions and garlic.

We don’t grow winter veg but I think it is always nice to have something growing, or appearing to grow, over the winter period.

This year we are growing Elephant and Christo garlic and Shakespeare onions.Christo and Elephant Garlic Shakespeare Onions

The rest of the beds that are cleared of weeds and those that need weeding, will be manured and left for the ravages of a nice cold winter!

All being well we will build the fruit cage over the winter and prep it for new fruit bushes.

Lots to do and we are hoping for a cold rather than wet winter to allow us to do what we need to.

Stay tuned…..


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Just a bit of work…

Did a bit of work on our plot this weekend,  and I mean a bit!

Managed to weed another bed and part of another.

Picked the last of the chilli’s and tomatoes and took the onions and garlic home that had been drying in the greenhouse.

The was a lovely Red Admiral butterfly gorging itself on the Michaelmas daisies.  It was there for almost 20 minutes and posed for photo’s!!

Still loads to do….

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It’s Been 6 Weeks….

Yep, it’s been 6 weeks since we put in any work on the Plot of Two Halves!!

We have been to Greece in this 6 weeks, celebrated 3 birthdays and said goodbye to the family dog, Bess.

Fun, tiring and emotional, but this weekend we needed to focus and get back to it.

I got there and the mist was still lingering over the site and on some of the plants.

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We were expecting the worst but upon arrival, things didn’t seem so bad.

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The plan was to attack this bed by bed and so work commenced.

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The first two beds, although the smaller ones on the plot, took about two hours to weed.

Next, I lifted the Chioggia beetroot from another bed and weeded that.  The beets were all quite big, which was great to see as we planned to pickle them!

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And pickle them we did!  We now have plenty to last us a while!!

Pickled Chioggia Beetroot (2) Pickled Chioggia Beetroot (1)

We then lifted all of the carrots.  Now, we had not had any success with carrots before no matter what we did.  |This year, Alison just planted the seeds in drill and we waited to see what happened.

Well, before we went to Greece, 6 weeks ago, there was a competition on the site and Alison won first prize for our carrots!

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We were very pleased with this but still had plenty to lift.  So, when we started to lift the carrots, we were amazed by the size, quality and quantity!

Beets and carrots Harvest

There was enough to share on the plot, make carrot and coriander soup with, share with family and friends!

Alison weeded and tidied the cucumbers and we took 12 home with us.

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So, after a long day, we had made great in roads and were very pleased with our efforts and returned home to start the pickling and soup making.

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Next week we plant to weed more beds and get them ready for manure and the winter.

Stay tuned folks……


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Light Weekend Duties

Had a bit of a lazy weekend, this weekend.  I went to the plot on Thursday evening to try and get ahead for the weekend and weeded the bed that had had some of the over wintering onions in.

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On Saturday, i visited the plot in the early evening for a couple of hours.  I managed to weed the final bed with over wintering onions in, the beetroot and lettuce bed, the carrot bed and the celery bed.

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I then put some catch netting on the greenhouse door so that we could leave the door open without fear of anything getting inside.

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Every night, the tomatoes and peppers in the greenhouse have been watered, either by us or by Adam, a fellow allotmenteer, thanks Adam.

During next week, when we have a free evening, we will finish the weeding on the fruit side of the plot in preparation for the poly tunnel and fruit area.

Stay tuned…..


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Chippings – At Last

Having missed out on two loads of chippings in a week, when the call came at lunchtime,  I dived in to the car a raced to meet the delivery guy.

Once hands had been shaken, we drove to the plot.

Under estimating the quantity on the vehicle, I told the guy to drop it on the road that runs through the site, outside our plot.

Big mistake!

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Having only 20 minutes to try and move it onto the plot, I gave up and decided that, that would be tonight’s job!!

So, Alison and I went to the plot from work, borrowed a wheel barrow and started to relocate the chippings.

Alison started to cover the pathways and I started to cover the weed control fabric on the other half of the plot.

With some help we got the majority onto the plot.

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Hopefully, the chippings will not only improve the look of our plot but will help to keep the weeds at bay.

All that is left is now on the path between the arbor.

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Still lots to do but improvements are coming along quickly now.

Stay tuned and enjoy the journey with us :mrgreen: