Friday, May 26, 2006

Friday 26th May - Charts

Ever a sucker for something 'free' I bought the June edition of Organic Life magazine today, which contains a free Vegetable Planning Chart to stick in the shed. It terrifies me to see how far behind we have got on Allotment 21...

To make matters worse, I am going away for a couple of weeks tomorrow which means a very quiet blog and an allotment overgrown with weeds and dwarfish radishes...

At least I will escape Spouse & Den's Heather McCartney puns.

Thursday, May 25, 2006

Thursday 25th May - Weather Prevents Play

Here we are, England, late May, mid 'drought'.

Spouse assures me that lightning doesn't strike greenhouses but he hasn't sat through a thunderstorm in one.

Monday, May 22, 2006

Monday 22nd May - Radish Woes

I have been getting slightly envious of other blogger's radish crops. Allotment News, Dig for Victory, Losing the Plot, Mildew and Petunia have all been publishing photographs of big, red plump radishes. Eager to join this growing band, I pulled up one of ours up on Sunday and took a photograph.

Not quite in the same league.

Sunday, May 21, 2006

Sunday 21 May - Never Mind the World Cup...

I didn't make it to the allotment on Saturday as I was at the Hereford United Football ground watching Nephew's under 9's cup final. The HUFC pitch was the scene of Ronnie Radford's famous goal in 1972 against Newcastle when there was an almighty pitch invasion from thousands of Herefordians sporting parka coats.

Sister told me off for booing the opposition, apparently this is not match etiquette. I was also told off for hissing, calling the Ref. a girl and shouting "diver" at one of the kids on the other team. A nail-biting (and very quiet on my part) match ended 2 all and went straight to penalties. This is bad enough when it's Beckham et al, when it is Nephew with a bus load of relatives watching... Nephew did score as you can see from Sister's reaction but the team lost the match.

Hereford United however, went on to win later the same day and are back in the league. The broad beans have broken out in black & white flowers to celebrate.

Thursday, May 18, 2006

Thursday 17th May - Eyesight Improver

I read the R.H.S. page on carrots with a sinking heart. We have done everything possible to attract the dreaded carrot fly.
1. Planted early May to attract 1st generation.
2. Have not erected a 2ft barrier.
3. Did not pick resistant carrots.

To make matters worse, Spouse mistook an OAP for me yesterday (I am sure it was due to my Miss Ellie hairdo). He needs to eat some carrots.

Wednesday, May 17, 2006

Wednesday 17th May - More Comfrey

I am hoping to make some tomato feed by leaving our comfrey leaves in a sealed bucket of water for a few weeks. Sealed because I have been warned about the smell...

After reading Kirstena's page on comfrey, I will also be using it on my hair. Following a week of people telling me that the Hazel O'Conner look is not all that bad, Sister has highlighted my hair and turned me into Miss Ellie.

Monday, May 15, 2006

Monday 15th May - Next Question

More advice please... Derris dust or Derris liquid?? And any idea why some of the other plot holders have wrapped fleece around the bottom 3 feet of their bean poles? Is there some other dreaded insect that we have yet to discover?

In the meantime, Steve's dog Dylan is doing his bit by urinating on the little blighters.

Saturday, May 13, 2006

Saturday 13th May - Dinner

I was in an extremely good mood today as Spouse & I have survived 12 years of marriage and guitars and are off to the Stagg for dinner tonight. Then I nipped up to the plot and discovered that someone else has been enjoying a good meal - and it's not a person.

Does anyone know what this vile beast could be???

Friday, May 12, 2006

Friday 12th May - Marrow Reiki

Simon-the-giant-marrow is fast outgrowing his recycled plastic cup and will be planted out this weekend. I took the opportunity to take him into work this week in order for Clare to practice her reiki on him.

It seemed to work as he has grown 2 extra leaves.

Wednesday, May 10, 2006

Wednesday 10th April - Hair

Apparently the hair on your head contains 30 times more nitrogen than manure and is very good for composting. Sister, a hairdresser who peaked in the 1980s has turned me into Hazel O'Conner and Spouse looks like Jason Donovan. Neither of us will venture out without a hat.

Sunday, May 07, 2006

Sunday 7th May - Sub Plot

Sister, eschewing the traditional spade and sweat method, hired a man and a mini-digger to create her vegetable patch.

Pictured here proudly modelling her special Diarmuid Gavin gardening hat, Sister reminds me of vegetable definition No. 3 in the Cambridge Online Dictionary.

Saturday, May 06, 2006

Saturday 6th May - We Plough the Fields

I found some 'past the sell by date' grass seed in the shed and put it in the car ready to sprinkle on the bare patch where our manure heap had been. It just so happened that all four of us went up to the allotment for a spot of watering and Mel sowed the seed. A touch of Primary School Assembly came over me and I couldn't resist the chorus of, 'We plough the fields and scatter...'.

Friday, May 05, 2006

Friday 5th May - Tidy Manure

I am sure that a neighbouring plot holder was merely giving a helpful tip when he pointed out that our car was parked in a turning area (where everyone leaves their cars). He spurred us to move the manure heap off the grass verge and onto the plot. Luckily, Steve arrived and did most of the work as both Mel and I were struggling. Spouse managed to completely evade shovelling as he was on safety duty at Llangorse.

Steve constructed a pallet structure and the whole heap looks as tidy as a heap of s**t can. Allotment 21 now has a parking verge for 2 cars, just as my bike has come out of winter hibernation thanks to Clare's recent blog entry.

Thursday, May 04, 2006

Thursday 4th May - X Marks the Plot

I have been very envious of another blogger who has Google Earthed his plot and posted the picture.

Hereford is a big blur on Google Earth, probably something to do with the SAS allotment site up the road which means I haven't been able to nick his idea ... until now...

Here is our site and X marks the spot. If you click on the picture you might actually see the X.

Wednesday, May 03, 2006

Wednesday 3rd May - Beer

Steve was not impressed with our request for a bottle of homebrew to fill the slug traps. He grudgingly brought along a large bottle with some glasses in order to prove that it would be wasted on our slimy predators.

The slugs will love it.

Tuesday, May 02, 2006

Tuesday 2nd May - Instant Salad Garden

The moment Mel has been waiting for finally arrived. We decided that the end of April must mean the end of frosts (and we are running out of space in the greenhouse). Mel dug some trenches and all that needed to be done was to shake and tip the guttering and out came the salad leaves into the trench.

The end result was an instant salad garden. We will pinch some of Steve's homebrew beer for the slug traps. In between the salad leaves, we have planted marigolds to keep the bugs away.

Monday, May 01, 2006

Monday 1st May - Allotment Birds

Steve had pointed out that the birds like our bean poles for perching during the day. We now know why... the little b****rs are pecking away at the twine for nesting material. Here is one caught in the act.

Sad news on the blue tit front, the female left the eggs at about 5.30pm yesterday and has not returned. There has been no sign of either of them this morning.