Sunday, 1 August 2021

August 2021

 

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Wednesday, 7 July 2021

July 2021

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12th Rain all day & evening. Managed to finish installing the compost toilet at the community garden.
13th Sunny again today with temperatures in the early 20°Cs. Harvested broad beans, cabbage, raspberries, rhubarb and ruby streaks mustard. 
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17th (Saturday) Visited the plot, did a spot of weeding and watering before giving the Jerusalem artichokes a trim. Outside temperature rose above 30°C today.
18th (Sunday) Temperature into the 30°Cs only a brief visit to the plot today, harvested some sage, a small bit of weeding before watering in the polytunnel. Took a thornless gooseberry cutting to try and root at home. At home sown some radicchio and turnips in cells.  
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30th (Friday) Visited the Chorley Flower Show for the first time today despite the rain outside.
31st (Saturday) Harvested green beans, gooseberries, raspberries,blackcurrant, rhubarb along with salad leaves( rocket & Mexican tree spinach. Plenty of weeding. Broad beans & peas were tied in after the recent heavy rain.

Monday, 31 May 2021

June 2021




 Links to Mr. Middleton's weekly tasks first:

June 1st Week
June 2nd Week
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 1st (Tuesday) Watering and weeding.
2nd (Wednesday) Sown more beans.
3rd (Thursday) Spent most of today collecting a large shed to repurpose at the community garden. 
4th (Friday) Watering and then more painting at the community garden.
5th (Saturday) Watering today and more peas planted. More painting at the community garden.
6th (Sunday) lots of weeding today. Planted out squash, cucumbers in the polytunnel. Removed seedheads forming on the shallots.
7th (Monday) No visit today.
8th (Tuesday) Attended an allotment federation committee meeting. 
9th (Wednesday) Allotment inspections today, pleased to say mine passed.
10th (Thursday) - Harvested salad leaves (mizuna, ruby streaks, rocket & Mexican tree spinach). Did a spot of watering.
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Monday, 3 May 2021

May 2021


 Links to Mr. Middleton's weekly tasks first:


1st (Saturday) The community garden that I'm a director of suffered from an arson attack on the evening of April 29th. Apart from clearing up the aftermath, I spent most of today restoring one of the raised bed, digging out mares tail and bindweed before sifting the soil. I managed to complete half the bed today after spending over 8 hours there.
2nd (Sunday) Visited my allotment, did a spot of weeding.
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5th (Wednesday) Paid a brief visit to the allotment. Watered seedlings in the polytunnel. Surveyed the storm damage, mainly bundles of canes that had been blown about. Visited the community garden. Completed typing up the tasks for May 2nd week.
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14th (Friday) First day of our first week-long holiday in 3 years.
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21st (Friday) Last day of our holiday only returned home late.
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26th (Wednesday) Ordered, collected and delivered sand & cement to the community garden to assist in the creation of a memorial area of the garden. Discovered that the chain on the roller shutter on our hub building had come of its cogs and without ladders, we used pallets to reach up but were unable to fix it. Whilst I was there we had another delivery of wood chippings.
27th (Thursday) Spent 12 hours doing work at the community garden. Restoring & painting the main gate, helping to repair the roller shutter on our hub building, emptied the first of 4 large plastic planters that we want to relocate, clearing more of the car park, taking some of the rubbish to the recycling centre, planting Heuchera, Welsh poppies and some Sambucus nigra.
28th (Friday) Painted a bit more of the community garden gates and arranged the collection of a shed for next weekend.
29th (Saturday) Spent several hours on the allotment, weeding, putting the bean & pea plants in along with sweetcorn. 
30th (Sunday) Moved a greenhouse from the allotment site's community plot over to the community garden. Painted some more of the community gates. 
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Thursday, 1 April 2021

April 2021



April 2021

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


 


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Tuesday, 2 March 2021

March 2021

 Here are the links to Mr. Middleton's tasks for the month of March:
 (please note that I have not updated all these tasks at present) :


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4th (Thursday) - Spent a couple of hours on the plot. Put some seed trays in the polytunnel to germinate. Finally finished pruning all the fruit trees.
5th (Friday) - Spent 3 hours at the allotment. Plenty of weeding. Started tidying the fruit cage. Applied some well-rotted manure around the fruit canes.
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21st (Sunday) Spent 3 hours, weeding, digging up one clump of the cartoon and a spot of tidying. Although the rat population at the allotments are less visible than it has been the past few years I had signs that they were still visiting my plot so two bait boxes were set up today for monitoring. Broad bean aquadulce seedling that was sown at the start of the year were planted out today in an area previously occupied by cardoons, which had been carefully removed for planting in the community garden.
22nd (Monday) No visit today.
23rd (Tuesday) Visited the allotment twice today. In the morning checked the rat poison, one block eaten in the polytunnel. Harvested 600g of rhubarb. In the afternoon replenished the rat poison. 
24th (Wednesday) Briefly visited the allotment. Harvested just over a kilo of purple sprouting broccoli. Checked the rat poison, two blocks gone today so replenished those. Divided the cardoon and planted those at the community garden.   
25th (Thursday) Brief visit to the allotment, had to replace rat poison in the polytunnel as all had been eaten. The mustard leaves are growing well in the salad bed.
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Sunday, 31 January 2021

February 2021

 Here are the links to Mr. Middleton's tasks for the month of February:





1st Monday, bright sunshine in the morning but temperatures still freezing.
2nd Tuesday, snow first thing and then heavy rain all day & night.
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5th Friday - The big freeze begins preventing outdoor work.
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13th Saturday - Visited the allotment, the ground was frozen solid.
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15th Monday - The first day without the ground being frozen.
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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.
15th (Friday) Rain again today.
16th (Saturday) Rain again today.
17th (Sunday) Rain again today.
18th (Monday) Storm Christoph commenced with excessive rainfall
19th (Tuesday) The storm continues.
20th (Wednesday) Storm Christoph continues with widespread flooding locally. Visited the allotment to see the paths underwater. The evening was filled with heavy snow.
21st (Thursday) Rain again today.
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24th (Sunday) rain, hail & ice today
25th (Monday) ice and rain
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28th (Thursday) Emptied kitchen peelings into the compost bin and took several seed trays home.
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30th (Saturday) rain all today
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