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!

Tuesday 5 January 2010


Cyril's new shed went over in the storm on the 30th December but the Carton Court Meitheal swung into action next morning. No damage done, seemingly. Field looks depressing at the moment, water and ice everwhere. Our winter cabbage looks very holey, despite the netting.

Home on the Free Range

Thanks for the turkey Roger. My son-in-law declared it to be the best-tasting turkey ever!
Happy New Year!