Monday 28 March 2011

That's how it's done!

Kevin would not allow the use of string or hoe - the right way or the highway! Use your shovel, toss left, toss right, keep going straight to the end. Put down a decent bed of manure and place your potatoes about a foot apart - get in there - don't be afraid to walk in it! Once in, start backfilling the same way.
Look at that for a March sky!
Sorry about the wide-angle lens, Kevin, you do look a bit stretched!

Friday 18 March 2011

Please note

Soup Time

Just a quick visit to get some leeks for the soup. Trimmed them up and chopped the leftovers into the compost while waiting for herself to return from Tesco's. Car really hummed of leeks on the way home.

And they're OFF!

St. Patrick's Day over and it's time to get in the Sharpe's Express. Jim is digging a nice trench and placing his tubers on a decent bed of manure. Time to backfill now and leave enough for later earthing up.

Tuesday 8 March 2011

Hotbox Vanishes

Beautiful day yesterday. Just had to get down to the allotment and pump up the barrow. Had a good look around - 4 more diggers on site. Spread a little manure, a spot of weeding, a little dig over of the early spud location, a chat with Jim. What is that blue plastic sheet doing there? Oh I use that as a base for my Hotbox. Hotbox? What hotbox? Gone and I'd never noticed it! Uh oh! Not good. It's started, says Jim. A lady found her orange barrow missing last week. Muise 'dhiabhail! Our local Sherlock Holmes reckons that barrow was used to move the heavy hotbox to a waiting van. No sign of it on our site anyway. What next? Security cameras secreted among the leeks? Oh well.

Saturday 12 February 2011

Is it aged enough?

Kevin and Ger discussing the quality of farmyard manure on offer at the plot. Should be at least 2 years old, declared Kevin, to be any good. Ger reckoned this pile is a lot fresher than that!

Relocation Reorientation

Cyril's shed went over in last week's wind (same as last year!) and the Carton Court Meitheal were once again sent for to see what could be done. Obair in aisce, of course, for the mighty Jim MacMahon had rowed in and righted the structure single handed!
Cyril decided to face her for the College this time, presenting a slimmer profile for the Western Winds. And while there he proceeded to harvest his bountiful Brussel Sprouts. Not a bad day's work!

Thursday 13 May 2010

May frost

I laughed at the brother last year when he warned me to watch out for the May Frost! I was sure he was winding up the newbie. I'm not laughing now. Tried covering the earlies with fleece but still got discoloured blackened leaves. Big Jim advised me to get the fleece up off the spuds and suggested hooped willow wands as a support - lots growing along the hedge. Strange year so far. What are the odds on a June Frost?

Thursday 22 April 2010

Move clay while the sun shines

'Er Outdoors puddlin' in the leeks.

Richard Van Gogh feeling the Spring Urges...

Last year's compost bin performed so beautifully, I decided to have two!

Quality Inspectors Jim & Mick admiring Cyril's Rhubarb.

Tuesday 20 April 2010

Water Metering

It's on the way, says Mr Gormley. Time to put the buckets out and save every drop. B&Q supplied this mini-guttering. Hasn't rained yet so I don't know how effective it's going to be. Small roof. I put in a waterbutt on the big shed at home and it's great. Filled up in no time.

Recent Activity

Starting off the Sunflowers from last year's saved seed. This lot has been potted on and delivered to Kilcock. Too early yet to put them in the ground. The styrofoam casing around the propagator came from the packaging of a B&Q storage box - just fitted exactly!
Spuds chitting away in the spare, cool, bright bedroom. Odd lot Kevin got this year - Collen, Cara, Lady Balfour, Duke of York. A far cry from the Kerr's Pinks and Golden Wonders of yesteryear. And what about that great Irish potato - the British Queen?

Starting off the Sweetpea on the windowsill a few weeks ago. Nine of the 14 came up. They're flying out in the plastic house now.

Dylan's Courgettes and Pumpkins were sown less than 2 weeks ago but are going absolutely mental. They need to be planted out even though it's frosty still. A bit of fleece over them should do the job. I didn't realize how big these were going to get last year - I put down some courgettes, squashes, pumpkins. Little plantlets. They ran riot and threatened to take over the plot. This year - no pumpkins - Dylan can bring them home. No squash - we didn't really take to it. Two courgette plants are going in - and they're going to be watched!

Green shoots - these onion sets all came on wonderfully in the plastic house and are now planted out with the carrots. Next lot coming on.

About Time

The brother reckoned my strawberries will be OK if I put a bit of plastic over them. This will bring them on after the fright of the winter, he says, and they'll be flowering in no time. Must replace that painter's dropcloth with a stiffer piece of polythene.

Some newcomers on the allotment this year and lots more sheds. Property boom over? Not here!

These are the boyos to watch. Very hungry and very persistent! Net up!