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2012, We’ve had to start planning already – updated

231011 A few months have swept passed. We’ve given up both of the two ‘five rod’ plots on the new allotment and are just keeping the old – various reasons eg too much watering to do; two different locations; too many weeds! So we’re running this one down. We’ve cleared all the crops except brassicas, some swede and next years onion sets (already going well), rows of raspberries, apple trees, la [...]

2011, In the allotment we’ve started next season already

3rd Feb 2011, cropping leeks, broccoli and potatoes. 24th January 2011. The rhubarb has started so We’ve covered some up in order to force it. The seed potatoes arrived today from Alan Romans. We’re still cropping sprouts, potatoes, leeks, swede, cabbage. Over-wintering crops are coming nicely Broad Beans, Onions; the Globe artichokes are all healthy, the rosemary is flowering, the flowering currant is opening SO SPRING IS HERE. [...]

2010 A frustrating year for us gardeners

2010 A frustrating year in the garden and allotment. 28th December 2010. Whilst still wet and still cold, we are still digging potatoes, picking sprouts, cutting cabbage and lifting swede and beetroot. 3rd October. Cropped raspberries, first pink banana jumbo squash [...]

2009 on the allotment, Shoreham

2009 on the allotment, Shoreham. 20th November. Greenhouse done and planted with garlics and onions. Also planted Broad beans and almost completed the new double-depth raised bed. 4th November. Courgettes still going, plus [...]

2008, The allotment moves on.

21st Dcember 2008. Well the sun came out occasionally. We dug up some potatoes; found that the beetroot and some leeks have started germinating (in the cloche in the greenhouse); pruned th [...]

The 2007 gardening year

16Th December. Well today we picked a few lettuce, a celery, a few leeks, some calabrese, spring onions and beetroot. Yesterday it was a few peppers and a good handful of Iranian Red Chilies. Next time there’ll be winter cabbage and red sprouts and there are still some potatoes Pink Fir Apples. Yesterday the jobs were tidy up, weed and compost two of the long beds; clear the [...]

2006, getting ready for 2007

The view in December:- we have permission for next greenhouse, but have not yet ordered it. This will be used for raising seedlings and then for some of the tomatoes and groundcherries – moved summer raspberries out of the shade – the over-wintering onions, garlics and shallots all doing well as are the sage and the rosemary [...]

2005, What’s this allotmenting all about then

So looking back over the last nine months, how has my attitude to changed, mellowed, matured, ripened, developed? At first I was appalled at the amount of digging that would be needed to get it under control and then to keep it under control. But as it was early August 2005 the first job was to clear an area and get [...]