Saturday, 6 October 2018

October 2018

Links to Mr. Middleton's tasks 1st (please note that I have not updated all these tasks at present) :

October 1st Week
October 2nd Week
October 3rd Week
October 4th Week


2018
 October's first week began on Saturday 6th. Due to the Giants visiting Liverpool I didn't go to the allotment until Monday 8th.
 Harvested on Monday were runner beans (Lady Di), raspberries and apples. The beans were sliced and cooked for dinner. The raspberries were put in a jelly. The apples were peeled, sliced and lightly sauteed.

Sunday, 2 September 2018

September 2018

Links to Mr. Middleton's tasks 1st (please note that I have not updated all these tasks at present) :

September 1st week.
September 2nd week.
September 3rd week.
September 4th week.
September 5th week.

1st September - the morning was spent peeling and prepping around 50 windfall apples.
 The afternoon was spent at the allotment. The saffron bed was cleared of straying strawberry plants and saffron bulbs, although only one square yard a bucket full of bindweed root was carefully removed from that area. I'd purchased a pound weight of Senshyu onion sets yesterday for 86p and planted those in the cleared and surrounding area. Whilst strawberry runners replaced the existing plants that bordered the bed.
 Harvested some raspberries, cherry tomatoes & windfall apples.

Didn't keep up with updates for the 30 days in between.

 I'm commencing the weeks in 2018 on Saturdays so September 29th began the start of the 5th week.
2nd October- Purchased this week were 3 Mr Middleton books from before the war: Mr. Middleton's Garden Book, Mr. Middleton talks about Gardening and Mr Middleton Suggests. Also bought a Goji Berry (Lycium barbarum) shrub to plant at the allotment.
3rd October - Visited the allotment this morning. Put the Goji Berry saplings in a plant pot for now. Used the hoe between the broad beans. Planted some shallots. Harvested some cherry tomatoes from the polytunnel, half a dozen apples, a handful of runner beans and 5 courgettes.
4th October - Not much gardening was done today more research, reading and dealing with my duties on the local allotment federation.
5th October - Visited the allotment, gathered some apples and topped up the mouse poison in the polytunnel. I tend to get visitors most winters now. Lifted the blackcurrants I'd harvested in the summer from the freezer and turned them into jam. Did some gardening at home, pruning the rose arch, repotting chrysanthemum cuttings that had rooted. A task I still have to do is grease band my apple trees.

Thursday, 2 August 2018

August 2018

Links to Mr. Middleton's weekly tasks first:

August 1st Week
August 2nd Week
August 3rd Week
August 4th Week

2018

  • 1st August, cleared away more bindweed root that had been growing in one of the strawberry borders. Harvested 1lb of rhubarb. Topped up one of the worm tubes with vegetable peelings from the kitchen at home. Took some Yew cuttings.
  • 2nd August, sowed 32 Broad Bean (Luz de Otono).  Harvested blackcurrant & peas.

Wednesday, 16 May 2018

May 2018

Rocket and mustard that had self seeded ready for harvesting.
Links to Mr. Middleton's weekly tasks first:
May 1st Week
May 2nd Week
May 3rd Week
May 4th Week

2018 has seen us suffer from late frosts and then very warm temperatures to record levels and now midway through the month down to plus 3° Celsius. I've spent far too much of my leisure time this year helping others, the allotment association that I chair has expanded its responsibilities as we create a community plot whilst trying to provide some facilities. So myself, I am behind in the garden AND allotment but as time waits for no one, one must jump in when one can and try to keep ahead of tasks.
16th started to soak some Sweet Corn seeds (Earliking F1) in room temperature water and filled 13 loo roll tubes with compost ready for sowing this afternoon. Visited the allotment and done a bit of weeding was given some sweetpeas plants from a fellow plot holder and duly put them in a small space of ground at the rear of the polytunnel. Carried out some work on the communal area and community plot. More Swiss Chard was harvested.
18th spent several hours weeding the grandmother-in-law's garden and mowing the lawns. The sudden arrival of the sun this month has accelerated the growth of weeds.
19th A bit more time was devoted to the Community Plot today. My neighboring plotholders gave me some seedlings (beetroot, courgette, habanero chilies, cherry tomatoes and peas), most of which were planted on the plot that afternoon. A considerable amount of weeding was undertaken today. The fruit cage is looking like it needs quite a bit of restoration and pronto before the plants take over.
20th, harvested most of the comfrey putting some into compost bins and filled a watering can with some to rot down in order to make a liquid feed. Seedlings watered and some garlic, that had been overlooked, growing in plant pots were put into the allium bed.


Thursday, 8 February 2018

May 2nd Week

According to My Middleton in Dig On For Victory we have 6 tasks this week :

1) Plant Out Celery and Celeriac. -
2) Thin Out Seedlings. -
3) Onions and Their Enemies. -
4) Plant Cucumbers. -
5) Sow Swedes and Turnips. -
6) Sow and Plant. -

May 1st Week

According to My Middleton in Dig On For Victory we have 7 tasks this week :

1) Look to Spring and Winter Greens. - 
2) Sow Runner Beans Outside.-
3) Sow Late Greens; Look Out for Club Root.- 



4) Sow Beet and Sweet Corn.-
5) Beware Woolly Aphis.-
6) Keep Strawberries Clean.-
7) Sow and Plant.-

April 4th Week

According to My Middleton in Dig On For Victory we have 9 tasks this week :

1) Sow Calabrese, Pickling Onions and Garlic. -
2) Look to Your Frames. -
3) Plant First Leeks. -
4) Cutting Asparagus. -
5) Sow Maincrop Beet. -
6) Earth-up Potatoes; Prepare Marrow Beds. -
7) Bark Ring Fruit Trees. -
8) Hunt Gooseberry Pests. -
9) Sow, Plant and Hoe. -

April 3rd Week

According to My Middleton in Dig On For Victory we have 5 tasks this week :

1) Pot Sweet Corn. -
2) Prepare Tomatoes for Outdoors. -
3) Make Up Celery Trenches. -
4) Spray Apples and Pears. -
5) Planting Work. -

April 2nd Week

According to My Middleton in Dig On For Victory we have 9 tasks this week :

1) Finish Onion Planting. -
2) Sow Spinach and Peas. -
3) Sow Radish and Lettuce Outdoors. -
4) Fertilise Potatoes and Plant More. -
5) Sow Salsify, Chicory, Runner Beans . -
6) Plant Out Cabbage and Sprouts. -
7) Sow Carrots and Turnips. -
8) Spray Fruit Bushes and Trees. -
9) Look to Frames. -

April 1st Week

According to My Middleton in Dig On For Victory we have 7 tasks this week :

1) Support Peas. -
2) Counter Enemies of Peas. -
3) Don't be Too Early with Tomatoes. -
4) Start New Compost Heap. -
5) Plant Out Onions. -
6) Sow Long-Rooted Carrots. -
7) Plant Seakale Thongs . -

March 5th Week

According to Mr Middleton in Dig On For Victory we have 8 tasks this week :

1) Maintain Succession of Potatoes. -
2) Sow Lettuce and Sweet Corn. -
3) Case Mushrooms Beds. -
4) Deal with Clubroot Disease. -
5) Train Cucumbers. -
6) Sow Root Crops Outside. -
7) Look to Fruit and Pests. -
8) Spray Apples and Pears. -

March 4th Week

According to Mr Middleton in Dig On For Victory we have 7 tasks this week :

1) Last Chances for Good Digging. -
2) More Early Potatoes Now. -
3) Plant Shallots and Garlic. -
4) Make Asparagus Bed. -
5) Sow Parsley, Thyme, Sage, Celery. -
6) Stake Cucumbers. -
7) Attack Apple Pests. -

March 3rd Week

According to Mr Middleton in Dig On For Victory we have 7 tasks this week :

1) Work on Sandy Soil. -
2) Plant Early Potatoes. -
3) Plant Out Cauliflowers, Onions, Cabbage. -
4) Attend to Asparagus Beds. -
5) Outdoor Tomatoes. -
6) Spawn Mushroom Beds. -
7) Look Out for Fruit Diseases. -

March 2nd Week

According to Mr Middleton in Dig On For Victory we have 9 tasks this week :

1) Fork Dry Soil. - Only fork dry soil as much harm can be done by working on heavy wet soil. If the land is wet then you might have to wait until April to complete this task.
2) Get Ahead with Parsnips. - Due to the long growing season required for parsnip to develop, it's recommended you sow without delay.3) Sow Onions Outdoors. - As with parsnip it's recommended you sow onions without delay.
4) Sow Spinach Outside. - In this task, Mr Middleton also suggests sowing leeks, cabbage, cauliflower, Brussels sprout, peas and broad beans.
5) In and Out of the Greenhouse. - 
6) Harden Off Onions and Leeks. -
7) Plant Out Early Potatoes. - Plant first earlies 6 inches deep.
8) Feed and Support Fruit Trees. - It's recommended to feed around the tree with a general fertilizer to make up for any mineral deficiencies.
9) Complete Planting of Fruit Trees. - The last chance to plant fruit trees before growth begins.

March 1st Week

According to Mr Middleton in Dig On For Victory we have 8 tasks this week :

1) Clear Land. - Gradually clear land as crops are used and it's suggested that you can speed things up by lifting leeks and celery and heeling them in together in a sheltered corner or frame. Brussels sprouts should be cleared as used not forgetting to use the tops as a spring green.
2) Beware of Cabbage Aphis. - Sprays made from many plants have been investigated as possible cabbage aphid controls, and it appears that peppermint has repellent properties. Spritzing plants with a strong mint tea made sticky with a few drops of dishwashing soap that has few environmental repercussions, I am currently trialling this on my kales. 
3) Prepare Trenches for Peas and Beans. - It is suggested to dig trenches 18 inches and filling with manure before covering over with the removed soil. Personally, I dig an 18-inch deep trench, line the bottom with ripped up pieces of brown cardboard. The cardboard is then covered by a layer of manure before applying a layer of fresh vegetable peelings that would otherwise be going to the compost heap. Finally, the initial soil that was removed is used to fill in the trench.
4) Get Outside Seed Bed Ready. - Apply superphosphate of lime to a small corner, 3 ounces per square yard. Finely rake this area when the soil is dry, removing stones. Primarily this area is to be used for brassicas and onions.
5) Prick Out Leeks, Onions, Celery. - Leeks and onions sown indoors will need pricking out in to seed cells. Once established move into a cold frame for hardening off. Celery to be pricked out once they reach the third leaf.
6) Pot Tomatoes. - It's suggested to pot tomatoes on in to 5 inch pots.
7) How to Use Cold Greenhouse. - It's suggested a succession of food can be obtained from a cold greenhouse by planting winter lettuce. When the lettuce is growing well, interplant with an early cauliflower. Lettuce being cut in March/early April, cauliflowers in May as the tomato plants are put in. I've not tried this as haven't had success with winter lettuce instead using my cold greenhouse to overwinter herbs, flowers and for seed sowing.
8) Spray Strawberries, Support Raspberries, Prune Gooseberries. - Strawberry spraying refers to The Tarsonemid Mite (Phytonemus pallidus fragariae). I have searched but there are no other organic insecticides that work.  (Apparently, the mite can be kept in check by burning the straw over the plants immediately after harvest. The straw should be picked up with a fork and spread over the plants and allowed to dry. On a day when there is a fair wind blowing down the rows, the straw should be set alight on the windward side, so that there is a quick fire that burns the leaves without damaging the crowns. After burning the rows it would help to promote new foliage by giving the plants a good soaking of water. If it is not possible to fire the bed, the only remedy would be to dig up the plants and destroy them. New 'Ministry certified stock' should be planted in a fresh bed as far away from the old crop as possible. I, however, have not tried this and due to a no fires policy on my allotment site I'm unlikely to ever try this. )

February 4th Week

According to My Middleton in Dig On For Victory we have 7 tasks this week :

1) Maintain Succession of Lettuces. -
2) Break Down and Lime Soil. -
3) Maintain Succession of Seakale and Rhubarb. -
4) Plant Onion Sets. -
5) Sow Parsnips, Broad Beans, Carrots, etc. -
6) Sow Early Peas, Sprouts and Summer Carrots. -
7) Pot Cucumbers and Tomatoes. -

February 3rd Week

According to My Middleton in Dig On For Victory we have 9 tasks this week :

1) Sow and Transplant Onions. -
2) Making New Rhubarb Bed. -
3) Fill Up and Hoe Cabbage Rows. -
4) Examine Broccoli. -
5) First Sowing of Celery. -
6) Maintain Succession of Seakale. -
7) Paint Pruning Wounds. -
8) Examine Blackcurrants. -
9) Prepare Early Strawberries. -

Saturday, 27 January 2018

February 2nd Week

According to My Middleton in Dig On For Victory we have 10 tasks this week :

1) Sow Peas, Radish, Spinach, Parsnips, Broad Beans. -
2) Make and Begin to Use Hot-Bed. -
3) Forcing Rhubarb and Seakale Outside. -
4) Prepare Onions for Transplanting. -
5) Sow Summer Cabbage and Cauliflowers. -
6) Pot Young Tomatoes. -
7) Protect Wall Fruit Blossom. -
8) Complete Fruit Pruning. -
9) Cut Back New Raspberries. -
10) Protect Fruit Buds. -

February 1st Week

According to My Middleton in Dig On For Victory we have 9 tasks this week :

1) How to Use Bad Weather. - apparently a wet month but digging is recommended after lifting parsnips, storing them in sand and lifting leeks and replanting those in a sheltered spot.
2) Plant Shallots. -
3) Plant Artichokes. -
4) Fill up Spring Cabbage Rows. -
5) Sow Maincrop Onions. -
6) Sow Sprouts and Cucumbers. -
7) Examine Seed Potatoes. -
8) Prune New Fruit Trees. -
9) Feed Wall Fruit. -

January 4th Week

According to My Middleton in Dig On For Victory we have 11 tasks this week :

1) Start New Compost Heap. -
2) Sow Cauliflowers. -
3) Sow Mustard and Cress. -
4) Prick Out Seedlings. -
5) Examine Cabbage, Kale and Broccoli. -
6) Protect Plants in Frames Against Frost. -
7) Protect Broad Beans ans Spring Cabbage. -
8) Lift and Store Artichokes. -
9) Fruit to Store. -
10) Friut Tree Pruning. -
11) Start Hot-House Fruit. -

January 3rd Week

According to My Middleton in Dig On For Victory we have 9 tasks this week :

1) Dig and Clean up. -
2) Prepare More Forced Rhubarb. -
3) Force Seakale. -
4) Sow Onions and Lettuce. -
5) First Sowing of Tomatoes. - 
6) Force Herbs. -
7) Examine Seed Potatoes. -
8) Spraying and Pruning Fruit Trees. -
9) After a Gale. -

January 2nd Week

According to My Middleton in Dig On For Victory we have 7 tasks this week :

1) Manure and Lime : More Digging. -
2) Onions and Cauliflower. -
3) Water Lettuces. -
4) Sow Peas in Pots. -
5) Examine Potatoes etc. in Store. -
6) Prune Fruit Trees. -
7) Winter Spraying. -