Friday, 1 January 2021

January 2021

Well here we are again at the start of another year, I hope you all had a good Christmas and New Year and didn’t put on too many unwanted pounds over the festive season. Still, even if you did, it is a good excuse to get out into the garden over the coming weeks as the weather begins to warm up and start preparing for the growing season. I guess I am not the only one, but as soon as January arrives I am eager to start doing something, whether sowing seeds on a warm windowsill or propagator or preparing the allotment ready for planting at the earliest opportunity. Even with this I still run out of time come May/June when everything should be in and growing.

 Below is an excerpt of Mr Middleton's New Year musing back in 1935 :



Click on the links to Mr. Middleton's tasks for January below: 




My 2021 Allotment/Garden/Kitchen Diary below:

1st (Friday) Happy New Year everyone! Visited the allotment today and emptied the kitchen caddy into the compost bin. The ground is covered with snow.
2nd(Saturday) Sown leeks and onions at home.
3rd (Sunday) Typed up the 1st week in January's tasks.  
4th (Monday) Visited the allotment today just to install a wildlife camera to catch unwanted visitors. The ground is covered with snow and ice. England goes into Lockdown for the 3rd time in under a year.
5th (Tuesday) Visited the allotment. The ground is still frozen. Emptied the kitchen caddy into the compost bin. Started harvesting cress.
6th (Wednesday) Frosty weather outside with temperatures below freezing all day.
7th (Thursday) Frosty start to the day that gave way to snow in the afternoon.
8th (Friday) Began chitting King Edward potatoes today.
9th (Saturday) Typed up the remaining January tasks on the above links. Visited the allotment.
10th (Sunday) Transferred the broad beans that had germinated indoors into the cold greenhouse outside. Sown lettuce (Artic King)
11th (Monday) Heavy rain all day today.
12th (Tuesday) Following my car accident today has been the first time in a month that I've driven myself to the allotment. Topped up the compost bin with the kitchen caddy. Cleaned the paths bagging up the leaves and debris to rot down. Harvested just over a kilo of Oca. Put several potted strawberry runners into the polytunnel.
13th (Wednesday) Rain all day today. No outdoor work is undertaken. Checked on the Broadbean seedlings in the greenhouse.
14th (Thursday) Rain again today.
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Sunday, 6 December 2020

December 2020

 

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11th (Friday) Visited the allotment.
12th (Saturday) Car crash, broken bones to left hand so out of "action" for a bit.
13th (Sunday) First Xray done on my left hand
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19th (Saturday) Visited the allotment. Harvested chillies, gathered remaining onions and garlic from the polytunnel.
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21st (Monday) 2nd Xray on my left hand.
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24th (Thursday) Visited the allotment, emptied the kitchen caddy into the compost bin.
25th (Friday) Christmas Day, no gardening today only watering houseplants.
26th (Saturday) Boxing Day, commenced a germination test on some Basil & Parsley seeds
27th (Sunday) Visited the allotment, emptied the kitchen caddy and did a quick inspection of my plot. Commenced sowing onions (Variety, Ailsae) and sown some Lamb's lettuce.
28th (Monday) Thick snow outside all day.
29th (Tuesday) 2nd day of snow. Checked on items in the greenhouse.
30th (Wednesday) Snow melting. Visited the allotment to deposit shredded paper & kitchen caddy contents into the compost bin. Broad bean Aquadulce Claudia sown last month have failed to germinate and so Bunyard's Exhibition has been sown today. Also sown onions; White Lisbon, Mammoth Improved, Ailsa Craig. Leeks; Musselburgh and Winner along with Cress. 
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