Sunday, 12 August 2012
Monday 13th was a hot humid day . I didn't go to the allotment today as I was inbetween nightshifts .
Thursday, 2 August 2012
It may seem like such a big leap from my last entry but as I was on holiday in London until last weekend I kind of neglected the allotment being proccupied with holiday planning . Even though I have been home a week now it has only been this evening (2nd) that I have managed to put in a good hours work weeding .
Monday, 2 July 2012
1) Clean all the sacks the gravel came in and store ready to reuse. - task completed
2 )Sort out the front fence , replacing the gate post and gate . Still not done although a post and replacement gate has been 'prepped'
3)lay paving in the fruit cage area and level off the soil up that end , including putting plastic down to subdue the weeds. All done apart from the laying down of weed control.
4)Build fruit cage - task completed .
5)Build lean-to on the side of the shed - still NOT done.
6)Kit the shed out with storage - Still NOT done.
7)Short out flue pipe etc and get stove installed in the shed. - Still NOT installed.
8)Build the cold frames - Still NOT done.
9)Sort out the water butts - completed in June.
10) Build climbing nets for beans and peas. Still NOT done
11) Sort out the plastic sheets I've been given into a neat order. - Done
12)Fix party fencing - Still NOT done
13) Plant seeds - Ongoing!
14)Draw up plan of allotment - Started
15)Make shed lock easier to open. - Done
16)Install bench into shed. - still NOT done
17)Sort out the path at the entrance to the shed - Done
18)Womble more bricks - Done
19)Womble fence post - Done
20)Womble blocks to raise stove up on - Done
21)Womble more paving - Done
22)Womble some guttering for shed roof
23)Transfer fruit canes to the allotment - Done
24)Bring up fruit trees and equipment from the old plot - Done
25)Install wallplanner and enjoy. - Done apart from the 'enjoy' bit.
Sunday, 17 June 2012
Tuesday, 29 May 2012
|Fruit cage when completed on May 27th 2012|
Wednesday, 23 May 2012
How things were on the 22nd May 2012
|24th May 2012|
|What had been done by the end of 25th May 2012|
|Side view of work done by the end of 26th May 2012|
Monday, 14 May 2012
Friday was a no visit day and Saturday was only a brief visit to do a spot of raking.
Thursday, 3 May 2012
Saturday, 21 April 2012
As I type out this entry a section of vitreous stove pipe as just arrived so adding that to a section of flame resistant pipe I bought for £6.99 at Wickes last night and a cowl I was fortunate enough to womble I should be able to install the stove in the next few weeks.
With regards to the other tasks on my list one of the new locks I fitted to the shed bust last night in the sense that the key snapped in the lock so I've bought a triple pack of locks last night that all use the same key to help simplify the keyring. I have however brought the gravel sacks home and I am slowly washing them and drying them out to reuse later on .
Tuesday, 17 April 2012
1) Clean all the sacks the gravel came in and store ready to reuse.
2 )Sort out the front fence , replacing the gate post and gate .
3)lay paving in the fruit cage area and level off the soil up that end , including putting plastic down to subdue the weeds.
4)Build fruit cage
5)Build lean-to on the side of the shed
6)Kit the shed out with storage
7)Short out flue pipe etc and get stove installed in the shed.
8)Build the cold frames
9)Sort out the water butts
10) Build climbing nets for beans and peas.
11) Sort out the plastic sheets I've been given into a neat order.
12)Fix party fencing
13) Plant seeds
14)Draw up plan of allotment
15)Make shed lock easier to open.
16)Install bench into shed.
17)Sort out the path at the entrance to the shed
18)Womble more bricks
19)Womble fence post
20)Womble blocks to raise stove up on
21)Womble more paving
22)Womble some guttering for shed roof
23)Transfer fruit canes to the allotment
24)Bring up fruit trees and equipment from the old plot
25)Install wallplanner and enjoy.
That's all I have time to write for no , so thank you for popping by and reading, Paul
Monday, 16 April 2012
Early evening planted some Hot Patio Sizzle , Chillis and Sweet Pointed Pepper seeds before getting ready for work.
Sunday, 15 April 2012
Well it seems I have been very distracted indeed . From April 9th - 11th I was laying foundations for the new shed which arrived in the afternoon of the 11th .
On the 12th I painted the exterior of the shed whilst also attaching locks on the door and an internal wall cupboard.
I've spent too many days now looking for stove pipes and getting beaten at the last minute on Ebay.
Lots of ideas floating around my head I really need to focus and get on top of it also that I can begin the growing process.
Thursday, 29 March 2012
First I wheelbarrowed some more manure from the plot opposite to cover up the Vales Emerald potatoes as they were growing through quickly . Then Billy arrived and swept my paths before setting up a sprinkler hose with Dave from a plot down the bottom end of the site . Whilst the sprinkler was working away on the dry beds attention was turned to the Apple tree which ended up getting the much needed pruning it required . So with the help of a few new friends plot 44 is starting to look cared for.
Thanks for reading, Paul
Wednesday, 28 March 2012
Thanks for reading, Paul
Sunday, 25 March 2012
Well the Saturday 24th March saw me pay a brief visit to the allotment as I cut out as many holes as I could in the sheet Billy had given me yesterday . I keep telling myself 'it's getting there' I just hope I can get ahead of myself at some point soon so that it all becomes a pleasure rather than a chore . Still even I couldn't conceive that I would be in the position I am now just a few months ago. Anyway cutting those 140 holes and a small bit of apple tree pruning was all I did today. Thanks for visiting and reading, Paul
Saturday, 24 March 2012
Anyway cutting a long story short Billy gave me a tarpauline sheet that we roughly marked out with a craft knife for me to later cut out holes for the onion sets. I'd met my neighbours opposite and was offered more free manure with an agreement that come October we would have one load delivered between us as a single load was far too much for a small plot to use in a year. So all in all a productive 90 minutes and I managed to plant my Saxon and Marfona tubers and another Rhubarb root whilst at the plot and begin pruning the apple tree.
It will all get there soon . Thanks for reading, Paul.
Thursday, 22 March 2012
Wednesday, 21 March 2012
Thursday, 15 March 2012
|Everyone seems to want to unload their rubbish on to me.|
Thursday, 1 March 2012
I haven't had chance to visit the allotment at the beginning of the week due to decorating commitments at home . On monday night I got a delightful surprise , one of my work colleagues gave me a poly bag containing 112 onion sets that he had spare from his order from Suttons .
I got a touch carried away with myself at the weekend and ordered some seeds from D.T.Brown which arrived on Thursday .
Sunday, 26 February 2012
|Compost heap with the apple tree prunings next to the fence.|
Thursday, 23 February 2012
Since early January I have been chitting potatoes in our dining room at home and hopefully today I shall be able to plant some up at the allotment. Overall I have the following collection :
16 Vales Emerald (began chitting 3rd January 2012)
12 Cultra (began chitting 12th January 2012)
25 Maris Peer (began chitting 12th January 2012)
5 Saxon (9th February 2012)
10 Desiree (16th February 2012)
|Daylight had gone before I finished planting the Vales Emerald|
|The fence once painted.|
|What the plot looked like first thing.|
|Most of the beds at the back have been raked.|
Sunday, 19 February 2012
|Asparagus roots before planting.|
|View of plot 44 from outside|
|View of Plot 44 from the gate.|
|The mini rose bushes.|
When I arrived I noticed a dozen strawberry plants that had been left behind the gate of my plot by the holders of plot43 so I wasted no time in planting those along with the dozen blackcurrant cuttings in the bed next to the chain link fence.
|The blackcurrant cuttings|
I then planted the 3 asparagus roots in the bed on the left in front of the fruit bed and check on the rhubarb I planted the other week . The rhubarb was just beginning to show through the surface of the soil so I replaced the cover on them .
|Rhubarb shoots appearing.|
Although I had intended to only grow vegetables on the plot I had spotted a dozen mini rose bushes reduced down in price to 75p for the lot as they were remnants from Valentines so I purchased them and planted them in front of the raised yellow bed .
With the ground being softer this week I was able to back fill the post holes today in the fence to complete that job .
So all in all it was a productive hour well spent.
Saturday, 11 February 2012
Whilst attaching the gate lock I finally got to meet Ken . An old guy with an obsession with growing large onions and possibly an over active imagination as to what he is actually producing in summer. Certainly a lot of work has gone in to his plot - possibly too much but it keeps him active and happy. He advised me not to submit plans for a shed and told me I wouldn't be allowed a shed at the front . The conversation went from manure to digging drains , growing cane fruit , mulching and security. Regardless to what he said I was still submitting plans for the shed if only to save heartache later on.
|It requires painting a.s.a.p. to tidy it up.|
Wednesday, 8 February 2012
Sunday, 5 February 2012
On Friday 3rd February the big freeze was on so I only made a brief visit to the plot just to show my wife what progress had taken place since the last time she saw the place last . Thankfully she was impressed.
|The glass pixie's work|
|I can't wait to erect the fence posts.|
|It's getting there , all I need is a fence,gate ,shed and some plants.|
Wednesday, 1 February 2012
|View before digging from the right.|
|View before digging from the left.|
|After digging the beds at the top I turned my attention to the front and a future fence.|
|Digging the holes ready for the fence posts.|
|View from the front left corner before I left.|
|View from the centre of the front.|
|View from the front right corner.|
At home I sowed several lots of seeds on the windowsill with the hope of planting them out when they germinate.
Monday, 23 January 2012
Wednesday, 18 January 2012
The only other job done on the allotment today was to mark out a bed on the left of the apple tree at the back ready to dig before next weekend.
Monday, 16 January 2012
Thursday, 12 January 2012
|Just some of the bramble and weeds I removed from near the fence.|
|View from the left once I'd removed the brambles.|
|View from the right once I'd removed the brambles.|
|View from the left once I'd removed the weeds and turned the earth over.|
|View from the front - that mound on the left-hand side has been levelled ready for where the shed will go.|
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