Sunday, 2 August 2020

August 2020

Links to Mr. Middleton's weekly tasks first:

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

1st (Sat) - No allotment visit today.
2nd (Sun) -

Saturday, 4 July 2020

July 2020

Links to Mr Middleton's weekly tasks first:

1st (Wed) - Both my allotment neighbours are currently shielding from Covid-19 and so I volunteered to tend their plots, which I have been doing for 100 days now. I spent several hours this morning, in the rain, weeding and raking my left-hand neighbour's plot before planting several squash plants on there. On my own plot peas are swelling, cardoons and courgettes are in bloom. At home, the hedges that surround the front garden were pruned. Rose, Paul's Scarlet and Lillies were cut to fill a vase in the living room.
2nd (Thur) - Another rainy day but the apples are growing nicely. The lemon balm and peppermint were trimmed back as they had started to grow wild. I cleared a bed that had previously been occupied with garlic and onions and planted out some sweetcorn and dwarf french bean plants that I had growing in pots. I harvested Mexican Tree Spinach, young leaves for salads and large leaves for steaming. Cleared some more of my left-hand neighbour's plot.
 In the kitchen, I transformed 500grams of raspberries harvested on June 30th in to and a further 100grams of raspberries were used to make flapjacks. Better late than never the remainder of my tomato plants were planted the beds of the polytunnel.
3rd (Fri) -  Watered the plants in the polytunnel. The runner beans and broads beans are growing well. Too much rain today to carry out any allotment work.  In the kitchen, I finally used up the strawberries harvested earlier in the week.
4th (Sat) - On approach to my plot, my former association secretary offered me some lettuce plants that he had spare. There turned out to be 17 in total looking rather like Romaine. I planted out 9 of the lettuce plants today, watered the plants in the polytunnel before my wife and I harvested gooseberries, raspberries (gold & red), strawberries and peas. Brought home some of the onions harvested last week as last year's harvest is nearly exhausted.
5th (Sun)  - Harvested rhubarb, gooseberries (red & green), peas, strawberries, raspberries along with onions and shallots.
6th (Mon) - Currently on a staycation this week. Harvested peas today.
7th (Tue)  - Rain all today and no visit took place to the allotment today.
8th (Wed) - TBC
9th (Thur) - TBC
10th (Fri) - TBC
11th (Sat) - No visit to the allotment today.
12th (Sun) - TBC
13th (Mon) - TBC
14th (Tue) - TBC
15th (Wed) - Diagnosed with a meniscal tear in my right knee today after twisting my knee a few days earlier at work. 
16th  (Thur) - TBC
17th (Fri) - Harvested peas and raspberries today. Planted out dwarf green bean plants. Pruned both a pear tree and apple tree that showed signs of rust on their leaves. Trimmed Jerusalem Artichokes down to the height of four feet. Emptied the rotating compost bin using the contents as mulch around the base of the raspberries. Trimmed all the comfrey plants and filling up the rotating compost bin again.
18th (Sat) - Non-stop rain all today.
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21st (Tue) - Visited the allotment today, watered plants but not much else as now struggling to walk due to the injury to my right knee.
22nd  (Wed) - No allotment visit today. Baked a deep filled blackcurrant pie using a kilo of the blackcurrants from last Wednesday's harvest.
23rd (Thur) - No allotment visit today. Baked 2 rhubarb plate pies today.
24th (Fri) - No allotment visit today. 
25th (Sat) - First visit to the allotment since Tuesday after the necessity to rest my leg. Harvested broad beans, peas (Ne Plus Utlra & Mangetout), beetroot, marrow, onions and garlic.
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Tuesday, 5 May 2020

May 2020

Links to Mr. Middleton's weekly tasks first:
May 1st Week
May 2nd Week
May 3rd Week
May 4th Week

 May 2020
1st May : Due to the allotment neighbour to the right of my plot shielding from the pandemic I spent the day weeding his plot.
3rd May : The strawberry plants are all in flower including those in the barrels this year. Self-seeded Mexican tree spinach is starting to appear all over the place.
At home in the back garden, the wild garlic is in flower.

20th May: Predicted to be the hottest day of the year. I removed all seedlings out of the polytunnel in the morning and put them back inside in the evening.
21st May: Sunny and warm today. Visited the allotment twice to open and close the polytunnel due to the heat along with watering the plants.
22nd May: Very windy outdoors with rain in the early morning. Visited the allotment in the morning just water.  Decided to concentrate on work in the back garden and greenhouse at home.
 Sowed the following varieties of runner beans in root trainers; Enorma, Firestorm, Painted Lady, Scarlet Emperor & Streamline along with a pea (Ambassador).
 Potted on the remaining Potentate tomatoes in the greenhouse along with the pepper California Wonder.
 The following seedlings were pricked out; carnation, french marigolds, broccoli, calabrese and swan neck gourds.
 Cuttings were made of chrysanthemums and lavender.
 The following were planted out; lettuce Saladin and sweet peas.
 In the evening the plot was visited again and despite the strong winds stringless runner bean varieties Armstrong and Lady Di were directly sown along with climbing French bean Isabel.
Cayenne pepper plants were potted on at home and put in the greenhouse.
23rd May: Another very windy day. More chrysanthemum cuttings were potted up at home bringing the total to 32 new plants. More salvia Blaze of Glory was sown along with pansies. Chrysanthemums for cut flowers were planted out in the back garden.
 On the allotment, tomato seedlings were potted on. All the remaining Swiss Chard leaves in the front bed were harvested (900g)  along with 120g of mixed salad leaves (beetroot, Mexican tree spinach, mustard and wild rocket). A pit was dug in a bed designated for brassicas this year and a wheelie bin that has been used as a compost bin for kitchen waste was emptied into the pit and covered over with again with the removed soil. The alteration was commenced on the fruit cage but the full re-netting will have to wait until winter now as the fruit canes and bushes inside are too far in growth to be fussed with at the moment. A fellow plot holder offered me some broccoli seedlings and so I accepted and took some to plant in both the neighbouring plots due to them both shielding during this pandemic.
24th May: Empire Day that was. The day started dull and breezy but warmed up in the afternoon. At home, the hedges and bushes were trimmed in the front garden. The hedge clippings ending up in the compost bin at the allotment.
 At the allotment, beetroot (boltardy) was sown directly to replace those removed by the birds. Birds were proving a problem this year uprooting peas and broad beans daily. Some restoration of the path edging was carried out along with twigs placed around the beans and peas for protection. I watered and weeded the neighbour's plot to my right and planted 6 San Marzano tomato plants into their greenhouse. Meanwhile, my wife potted on the remainder of the 129 tomato seedlings that we had in the polytunnel. Carrot (Nantes) was sown in a tub in the polytunnel. Spring onion (White Lisbon) was sown in the bed that contained onions & garlic sown back in 2019. One of the butternut squash seedlings were planted into a barrel with the hope that the weather wouldn't be too harsh on it. Planted 2 sunflower plants either side of the polytunnel that was donated by a neighbouring plotholder.
25th May: Visited the plot in the morning and evening to open and close the polytunnel, re-plant legumes, that had been unearthed by the birds, and water plants.
26th May: Visited the plot in the morning and evening to open and close the polytunnel, re-plant legumes, that had been unearthed by the birds, and water plants. Put netting over the broad beans and peas.
27th May: Visited the plot in the morning and evening to open and close the polytunnel, re-plant legumes, that had been unearthed by the birds, and water plants.
28th May: Visited the plot in the morning to open up the polytunnel and water plants before returning home to tackle the front garden. The front garden had pink jasmine that had been allowed to spread and root all over the place in the past few years this was kept in check today revealing areas to plant out extra flowers this summer. Several large planters that contain spring bulbs are ready for reviving also.

Wednesday, 15 April 2020

April 2020, Covid-19 and UK Lock Down

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

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

It is not that I didn't do anything in March it was more to do with the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic. I had been busy getting leases prepared for several local community gardens as well as undertaking clerical work for the local allotment federation and chairing our allotment association's first quarterly meeting of 2020 on March 15th.
 Panic buying mania had started in the U.K. in the week commencing March 8th with toilet rolls,pasta and rice being the items that disappeared first from the supermarket shelves. With lock down looking imminent the local allotment community were concerned that access to their allotments might cease and we sought confirmation from the local authority. On March 20th I drew up a list of guidelines and posted them on the noticeboards around the allotment site:

 The United Kingdom went in to lock down on March 24th and the local authority attached posters on the allotment site gates regarding lock-down and Covid-19.

Saturday, 1 February 2020

February 2020

 As Britain faces it's first day as an independent nation after leaving the European Union last night after 47 years here are the links to Mr. Middleton's tasks for the month of February
 (please note that I have not updated all these tasks at present) :

Sunday, 12 January 2020

January 2020

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

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

December 5th Week
January 1st Week
January 2nd Week
January 3rd Week
January 4th Week