Author Topic: What have you done on the plot today?  (Read 132665 times)

Re: What have you done on the plot today?
« Reply #1200 on: June 26, 2020, 12:09:54 pm »
Should probably be in wows tribute it's raining page but this morning I did nothing on the plot or in the garden. Woke to glorious rain so got an extra 45 minutes at home rather then a quick breakfast and going to plot.

ElyDave

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Re: What have you done on the plot today?
« Reply #1201 on: June 29, 2020, 03:52:35 pm »
Tied in all the outdoor tomatoes and removed some of the sideshoots.  Planted out the last of the cucumbers.  Cropping the lettuce quite well now, strawberries also producing.  Courgettes will not be far behind.

Also took arrival of my new Niwaki Japanese right-handed weeding hoe, 'tis a thing of beauty indeed.

“Procrastination is the thief of time, collar him.” –Charles Dickens

ElyDave

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Re: What have you done on the plot today?
« Reply #1202 on: July 02, 2020, 07:35:06 pm »
blackcurrants today, about a pound so far and half a bush left.  Gooseberries almost ready.  The blackbirds have found a way into the net
“Procrastination is the thief of time, collar him.” –Charles Dickens

Re: What have you done on the plot today?
« Reply #1203 on: July 02, 2020, 10:47:28 pm »
So far we’ve had new potatoes, lettuce and strawberries. Mostly consumed fresh.
Garlic was disappointing,not sure if it was the dry weather or heavy soil.

Today the first gooseberries, which had turned a nice shade of purple, were turned into jam.
Peas also going in the freezer, along with some broccoli. Plants still in situ so will get some secondary florets.

Plot is almost full but I’ve still got some savoy and winter broccoli plug plants on the way from Sutton’s.
Hoping that the first peas will be cleared leaving room to plant those.

I did have a cracking row of shallots ( first time that I have grown from sets). Unfortunately,my neighbour was a bit free with the glyphosate and wiped them out. The next row of onion sets,just inches away were untouched.

ElyDave

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Re: What have you done on the plot today?
« Reply #1204 on: July 04, 2020, 05:17:36 pm »
had an idea ping into my head the other day whilst I was making a list of wood needed to replace some raised beds.  I had been planning to also buy some posts to go at the corners to drape netting over.  Then I remembered that I had a coil of 15mm PE pipe in the shed leftover from some work, and a bought-in fleece cloche with the fleece now ragged, but the wire supports OK.

Result of half an hour's work, drilling holes at the required intervals, tubes held down/straight with pegs. Need some new netting though as the stuff I have now is a bit ragged



Much easier to get into to weed as well, and can also hold a fleece for winter protection.  I have enough for another one as well, which will be all out of pipe, as a portable structure. 
Genius if I do say so myself
“Procrastination is the thief of time, collar him.” –Charles Dickens

MikeFromLFE

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Re: What have you done on the plot today?
« Reply #1205 on: July 04, 2020, 10:50:41 pm »
Weeding and more b weeding.

While Mrs M picked oodles of blackcurrants, raspberries, goosebumps (autocorrect), tayberries, loganberries, broad beans & peas.
Too many angry people - breathe & relax.

Re: What have you done on the plot today?
« Reply #1206 on: July 05, 2020, 05:11:12 pm »
We have had a man in to mend the steps going from the patio to the lawn and the brickwork of the raised bed next to said steps.
This weekend we have been planting the bed up with various herbs.
Today I have been sorting those herbs which we do not want in the main beds into their permanent pots, four different mints and some comfrey.
The pots are quite big, 16-18", so take a lot of filling. I use a mix for permanent plants, based on that used at Kew Gardens in the palm house, as recommended by James Wong in the  Guardian some time ago. This is equal parts of composted bark, loam, grit and perlite. We, of course, did not have enough of any of this. So, three garden centres later...
And I have used all the perlite I bought along with most of the grit.
And I'm knackered (although this morning's 10k run may have contributed to that).
"No matter how slow you go, you're still lapping everybody on the couch."

Re: What have you done on the plot today?
« Reply #1207 on: July 05, 2020, 09:51:57 pm »
Went to dig out earlies. Disappointing yield despite regular watering. Couple of the regular and helpful allotment folk wandered past and said that the rocket spuds I'd planted weren't a very good variety so will plant a different early next year

Got a good tub of raspberries and probably the same again eaten by my children while collecting them.


ElyDave

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Re: What have you done on the plot today?
« Reply #1208 on: July 10, 2020, 05:40:33 pm »
picked the rest of the blackcurrants, another 400g, went into the freezer.  Around 750-800g total from the one bush, but whilst doing so noticed that the blackbirdss have got inside the netting and stripped the gooseberry bush - bastards.

Bought a new lawnmower yesterday, went with a Stiga, owners of Mountfield, but historically sold in Europe. Battery model, battery interchangeable onto other tools like a hedge trimmer, electric chainsaw etc.  Used it today, cuts very well and clears damp grass much better than the old one - bigger chute area and better flights on the blade.  Much easier to push about as well without that lump of an engine and being made of plastic.  Half a battery charge took care of both lawns.  With wheels only, its stripology is not quite as good vs the roller, but you can't have everything
“Procrastination is the thief of time, collar him.” –Charles Dickens

ElyDave

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Re: What have you done on the plot today?
« Reply #1209 on: August 01, 2020, 08:13:53 am »
more farting about with poly-pipe and nets to keep the butterflies off the brassicas.

Resorted to mid-day sprinkling of water around the greenhouse, veggie patch and bonsai over the last couple of days, not to water, but to lower the temperature and give a bit of humidity.  It's looking like a much better year this year for the edibles.

Tomatoes in the green house are now hitting the roof, and the fruit are getting bigger by the day, but not ripening yet. 
Cucumbers fruiting prolifically, first jar of pickles made this week. 
The outdoor stuff is now producing well. The tomatoes are so vigorous I've largely given up on trying to keep them as cordons, but it looks like we have some very good fruits coming on. 
Enough runner beans for a family meal yesterday and plenty more to crop next week.
Courgettes cropping well, left one on long enough to get to stuffing size for today's dinner.
Beetroot now reaching a good size and all the greens going well.  Sowed another tray of pak choi in plugs, will have those as both salad leaves and leave some for main crop.
“Procrastination is the thief of time, collar him.” –Charles Dickens

Re: What have you done on the plot today?
« Reply #1210 on: Yesterday at 09:35:02 pm »
Only had brief spells recently but got up allotment for a couple of hours tonight. Loads of weeding and then giving the desert, sorry the plot a good soak. I might set my strava to see how far I walk watering

The main crop spuds look ready from the foliage dieing back but still got lots of earlies to eat so don't really want to harvest them yet. Found my kids has sown all the cauliflower seeds in about a 4 inch line.

Parsnips poor germination. Only got about 8 from two rows. First pumpkins starting to form so probably should consider feeding them and the squashes but buried some chicken bedding and poo under them when I planted so soil should be good and rich.

Could have harvested some more chard if I'd remembered to take a bag with me but with the hot forecast I'll be up there a few days before work soaking it so can get some then