Sunday, May 28, 2006

The newly camouflaged shed

The weather has finally been dry enough for the shed to be painted; it no longer sticks out like a sore thumb to the local pikeys.

Today has also be bolstered by the spring onions becoming recognisable shoots! ...still too small for a photograph though.

Saturday, May 27, 2006

Evil little sods....

The radishes have been subjected to severe punishment:

It's a similar story for the rocket as well.

Both seem to have been attacked by flea beetle, with the radishes being given an extra beating by the slugs!!

These particular crops are not looking as though they have a successful future ahead of them; although there is still time to sow some more this year...maybe with the help of some derris or a horticultural fleece...

Other work today included some more hoeing, digging, and the thinning out of the beans...busy busy busy.

Wednesday, May 24, 2006

A little bit of thinning

The allotment has continued to grow...even on those days Emma forgets the camera!
The camera has missed a visit from the local fox, and the start of the hoeing, and our first visitor; can life really get more exciting than that??

The plants have continued to come on leaps and bounds (compare to photo on May 12th). The beans can now be seen without a microscope and the radishes have had to be thinned out. There is still no sign of the carrots, spring onions, or beetroot, but I'm sure there is plenty of time yet.

The thinned-out radishes have been thrown onto the composter along with a variety of household bits and pieces...should we really be throwing in half a loaf of bread?

Friday, May 12, 2006

Compost bins and little green shoots

The allotment is coming on in leaps and bounds. The latest additions are three X 300 litre compost bins. Unfortunately they are not the easiest things in the world to carry...especially in the pouring rain!

But on the brightside, after I had carried them all the way there we were greeted by the first signs of life in the vegetable patch. If you look really closely you can just about see the the thin green lines of the radishes, rocket and lettuce.

Wednesday, May 10, 2006

Pure Craftsmanship!

The fact that the blog entry is being placed a day after the events took place emphasises how long yesterday really was. I had to wait around from 8.30am, and the shed didn't arrive until 1.30pm; needing loads of tools that I didn't have. Nonetheless, 7hrs later, with the borrowing of tools and a little bit of help, the shed can only be described as a work of art!!

It just needs to be painted now so that it doesn't stick out too much and encourage the local kids to vandalise it!

Sunday, May 07, 2006

Please Grow...

Within a week we have turned the wasteland into a true vegetable plot. We have spent the day preparing the ground and sowing our first seeds: Dwarf beans; beetroot; radishes; rocket; lettuces; carrots; and spring onions.
If nothing grows it won't be for the want of trying.

We also cleared a space for our new shed...THE SHED ARRIVES IN TWO DAYS!!!

Monday, May 01, 2006

4 X 4

We have managed to convert a small section from lumpy grass mounds into a lumpy section of mud, ready to be dug over again and then raked. Despite the large number of weeds still floating around on top of the mud we have great hopes of it all being sorted out by the rake!

Although it took 7.5 hrs of back-breaking work, we were accompanied by a robin that spent half its time getting in the way as it searched for food.