Sunday, 1 May 2016

1st Week In May 2016

 The weather this last few weeks have been very cold indeed and along with hailstones not pleasant to work outdoors in . Sunday May 1st was grey and wet outside . I purchased 300 litres of compost this afternoon which I'm currently storing in the polytunnel on the allotment . I transplanted several Tom Thumb Lettuce in to the Salad Bed that I've just built a polycarbonate cover for this last week .
 In the greenhouse at home I've sown Sweetcorn Minipop F1 and Tasty Gold F1 along with Pea Ne Plus Ultra in deep root trainers . Not really an active day as I have a lot of pricking out and tidying up still to do at the allotment along with sowing . Can I turn things round this week?
 Monday has been the only day this week that I didn't visit the allotment . Tuesday was the beginning of the sunny weather and I took the opportunity to plant my 2nd earlies (Nadine) and maincrop (Picasso) potatoes .
 Wedsnesday I recycled some old tennis net in the frame that I use to grow beans on next to my polytunnel and I did a spot of weeding in the fruit cage . I planted out the rest of my Tom Thumb Lettuce seedlings in to the salad bed and began pricking out the last of my tomato seedlings.
 Thursday was another hot day . At 8a.m. the polytunnel was at 35°C so I opened that , watered the plants in there along with the lettuce seedlings in the salad bed . I painted the shed whilst the sun shone and the frame to the rotating composter also had a coat of wood stain. I continued sorting out all the wood that has accumulated on the plot in the past few years placing them on the bed where the potatoes were planted on Tuesday. Continued weeding in the fruit cage and harvested 800grams of rhubarb whilst I was at it .
I returned early evening and planted out the Chinese artichokes in to a sunken tub set in the left side bed. Behind that I planted 2 plum saplings before doing more weeding in the fruit cage.
 Friday was hotter still.

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