Friday, December 28, 2007
This is the new member of the Warman Family - Arthur George Warman, born on 23rd Oct 2007.
Due to having a C-section I have not been able to do any gardening for a while BUT I got down to the allotment and started the task of getting the allotment ready for the growing season. As I thought loads of weeds had appear BUT we had a few leeks growing which was great. Had some of them for our Dinner when we got home, yum yum.
Wednesday, August 15, 2007
We went to the allotment after our shift ( only 2 hours) and dug up a loads more spuds. We got a very good crop, some better than others but as it our first full year we are just grateful for anything.
I also took the spuds I need to plant for Christmas. I have placed a few in Potato barrells, and I will plant a few in the ground and see what happens. Also plan to plant a few at home aswell.
Need to order Garlic and Over Wintering onions very soon.
Monday, August 06, 2007
Here are a few Spuds collected from the allotmet tonight - we have loads more to dig up. We wont have to buy any spuds for a very long time. I have also just received the spuds for Christmas. I have got quite a few of them aswell so I think on Christmas day we will be given Spuds away to the family.
Sunday, July 22, 2007
Sunday was the best day of the week for the allotment - don't think it rained all day. While at the allotment I planted a few more leeks and some onions I had. Not sure how the onions will do but I am a beliver in stick it in the ground and see what happens. If we works out great, if it doesn't work you know not to bother in the future. Growing your own is a learning experience.
Also decided to harvest some more potatoes as the leaves looked in a bad way - either blight or slugs, so we will be having spuds for dinner most nights as we know have 3 types to use.
Some weeding was always done - it just makes the pot a bit more respectable. I am finding working at the allotment harder now I am getting bigger so I have to have more rests than normal. Luckily we do have our bench so I can relax a few minutes. I would have a nice cup of tea BUT someone stole our camping stove and kettle a few weeks ago!!
Plan to go back during the week to do some more weeding. I find if I do it during the week a bit at a time it doesnt seem to much of a pain if I leave it till the weekend.
This week I want to plant some beetroot and carrots to fill up some space I have on one bed. I do have carrots growing at home in pots but I am sure we will eat them all or we can give them to friends and family.
Saturday, July 07, 2007
A few spuds and a lettuce from our neighbour.
Managed a quick visit to the allotment - actually stopped raining for a whole day - woohoo. We decided to harvest a few spuds for Dinner and plant a few flowers i had hanging around.
Our neighbour turned up for a flying visit, we have not seen her in ages. She told us she was given up her plot as due to person reasons she just doesn't have the time, which is a shame. She is a really nice neighbour, always pleasant and friendly. I just hope our new neighbour is nice. I just hope the plot doesn't go to empty and we end up with a plot with just weeds and horrible to look at. Oh well just have to wait and see.
Just had a few of the spuds for Dinner and they where lovely. Can't wait to see how the other spuds will taste.
Thursday, July 05, 2007
Tuesday, July 03, 2007
Thursday, June 28, 2007
Wednesday, June 27, 2007
Tuesday, June 26, 2007
I have finally got around to taken a few photo's of the allotment. As you can see we have made some process - nearest to the camera are the Spuds. One to the right are the ones we planted first, the one in front we planted a few weeks later so we have a good suppy and they don't arrive all at the same time.
Thursday, June 14, 2007
I also planted the sweetcorn and Butternut squash in the same bed. I had been told they go very well as the sweetcorn go up and the butternut grow on the ground and stop the weeds!!! thats what i like, keep the weeds away, so I am giving that a go!
Just come back from the allotment tonight, as my foot is better and I can actually walk on it now, I weeded more of the path way, the Pea bed that nothing else grows in it apart from Peas!, the Onions as they where getting strangled by the Bine weed!
Planning to go tomorrow and weed some more. I think Steve will also come and help.
Tuesday, June 12, 2007
So we spent 2 hours in A & E, had a X-Ray - put on a special suit to protect baby and they said it was fine. It just really hard to walk on it.
Hopefully will get better tomorrow.
I have pulled up the broadbeans - I did manage to get a few of them but not as many as I should have. If I plant them next year I will cover them but I don't know if I can be bothered with them.
All the garlic have gone rusty - Oh well. Just have to see what they are like when we dig them up in a few weeks.
The over wintering onions are doing very well. Some look very impressive.
I have planted some sweetcorn and Butternut squash - hopefully they should do ok. We are big Butternut fans and look forward to eating them.
The main jobs we need to do is the weeding, we seem to be the only people on the site with weeds, its not fair. Steve also needs to build a frame for the raspberries, to stop the Deer eating them. It seems the local Deer eat anything green. They had a nice feast on my cauliflower!!! I am planning to put brocolli in there place and will make sure the Deer can not get to them.
Spuds are doing very well. We planted in two stages so we don't get all the spuds at once.
Friday, May 18, 2007
The Cauliflowers has also been eaten, so we have now covered it, so hopefully they should be ok.
We have started the big marthon on weeding, we have plenty of them. Also plan to plant the last of the potatoes we still chitting.
Sunday, May 06, 2007
The potatoes we planted a few weeks ago have started to appear, the onions, strawberries, garlic, raspeberries, peas are doing well. The broadbeans are still not doing well. I was close to pulling them all up but relised I have a few growing. I think I may have enough for one meal but not holding my breath. As mentioned earlier I will not be growing winter ones again.
The asparagus is also doing very well. We have heard it really hard to grow but we thought we would give it a go. Most of the spears have started to grow and produce the flower. They will be ready next year.
I have a few things growing at home aswell. They are:-
Various types of toms
Various type of onions
Green Beans (Dwarf)
We also have another set of potatoes to plant which we will plant in a few weeks.
I will wait till these are a bit bigger than I will plant in the allotment
Tuesday, April 17, 2007
Wednesday, April 11, 2007
Sunday, April 08, 2007
Picture of the potatoe Bed
Last week we also planted some asparagus - we bought from mushroom and farmhouse manure. I can tell you its stinks! when we picked it up we had to have all the windows in the car open, luckily it was a lovely day! As the Asparagus is going to be in the ground for a very long time we needed to make sure the bed was well dug over and plenty of manure. We wont get any crop this year, just have to let it grow into a fern type flower then cut it back. The plants are 1 year old all ready so they will be hopfully ready next season.
Tuesday, March 27, 2007
Monday, March 26, 2007
The Garlic is doing very well, I have loads growing in the allotment and a few in pots in my back garden. Here's a quick photo of the Garlic
The Brocolli and Spring Cabbage are doing really well - they have been protected by mess to stop any animals eating them. I took it off today to sort out all the weeds that have developed - I would say I got rid of 95% of them. I am really impressed on how these are growing. Don't really do much to them, just maybe water them a bit but thats it.
Friday, March 23, 2007
Sunday, March 04, 2007
Also my Spuds Seeds all got mixed up on Wednesday evening as we had a bit of wind and the plaastic green house got blown around taking the shelving unit with it. So now I have no idea which is which.
We have had the chickens for a week now, we let them out of the eglu for the first time, which went very well. Gave us time to practice picking them up, we both managed it.
Saturday, February 24, 2007
They have setlled in well, we had great fun trying to get them into the house when it was time to go to bed.
Tuesday, February 13, 2007
We order the chickens through Omlet - http://www.omlet.co.uk/homepage/homepage.php
It is a bit expensive but due to me and Steve having no knowledge on Chickens it seemed best for us!
They wont be living at the alloment but in our back garden, we are allowed them but as we only get to the allotment at the weekends at present, its unfair to leave the chickens up on the allotment on there own!
The chickens arrive 23rd Feb, not sure of time yet, they will confrm the day before.
The names we have so far are Lily and Daisy, this may change as we have already changed one chickens name.
Friday, February 09, 2007
Thursday, February 08, 2007
Here are a few pictures from our Garden
Lozza in the Garden ensuring the Bird station is well stocked. Soon after this me and Steve had a snow ball fight, we actually has 2 fights!
New member of the Warman Household - Warman Snowman. While we was making it I came to discission that I thought this was my first snowman I had made. I think because I lived in London and had no garden, I never got the chance. Also the snow is not normally that thick in London.
Tuesday, February 06, 2007
Looks like the order we placed with T&M is slowing coming through. Steve just told me have some plants delivered to his office BUT he is off sick today so just have to wait till tomorrow to see what they are.
Sunday, February 04, 2007
The Receipe is below - Steve changed it a little but it was lovely.
Saturday, February 03, 2007
Here are a few photo's of the process of the Veg growing on the allotment
This is the onions - all seem to growing well. I did have them covered with some mesh but have now taken that off. I read of another blog not to leave it onto too long as the onions sometimes get stuck in between the holes in the mesh and as you take the mesh up you bring the onions with you!
This some of the Garlic, Got a bit of this growing - even got some in pots in my back garden, I love Garlic!
The Broadbeans are still nicely covered, They are growing very well, got a few flowers appearing so thats good! Going to leave the fleece on for a while as it seems still a bit cold at night.
This is the large one, Steve built a woodern frame and fits perfectly. He built this while I was having a hissy fit with the small green house.
This is what remains of the old frame for the large green house. We are keeping them as we might need them to make small growing frames at the allotment.
Tuesday, January 30, 2007
Steve putting plastic over the sides
One of the doors
Thursday, January 25, 2007
Wednesday, January 24, 2007
The roads where all clear and it all melted by about 12 noon.
I heard it might snow again tonight but I am not sure. Just have to wait and see when I get out of bed and have a look out of the window.
Monday, January 22, 2007
The owner of the car was one of our neighbours, not meet him but have meet his wife Karen. He had come to fix his Green house that had broken in the wind. It was really funny has we all had head torches and was busy working away - the people who live in the house which are at the back of the allotment must have thought you was mad!
I dont care - my Broad Beans are now covered and protected.
One of our neighbours Stan recommend to me if we get any more frost to protect them with some fleece as I told him some had turned Black last time.
Also emailed the council as one of other neighbours - Karen from 13a, her Green house has been damaged in the wind - Steve managed to fix it a bit but not 100% so hopefully the council will let her know and she will fix it.
Sunday, January 21, 2007
Also planted a few onions in pots. Not to many, only 4 as they are suppose to exibition size but the tempt has to be hot in the green house, as I think I would not be able to get the temperture required ( 2o c) I did not want to waste too many seeds so done 4 to see how they process.
Also planted some Sweet Peas and Red Hot Poker which will mainly be planted on the allotment and a few for the gardens at home.
Did not get around to making a cold frame, maybe a job for next weekend.
We also paid a visit to the allotment - just a quick visit to see if we had any wind damage and also to put the water butt back - Steve Screw the Water Butt to the pallets - hopefully it should not move!
The only Wind damage we had was my Broad beans, only a few broke, nothing to get worried about, I have loads anyway. The ones left are doing very well.
The leeks are still growing so we are going to leave them in the ground for a while. Both the red and white onions are all growing well, red better than white. They wont be ready till about August, which we thought was a very long time, we planted them in Oct 2006. Oh well thats what the instructions say.
We have some other onions to plant aswell so I think we will be over run with Onions but Steve uses Onions loads in cooking so it wont be a problem, if we have to much, then we just give to family.
The Brocolli and Spring Cabbage seem very happy in the little tent we built for them, which is great. I dont eat any of them but maybe Steve will get me to try them!
Garlic is also growing well
My Peas are not gwoing well - a little bit of growth but maybe they might start growing soon.
Friday, January 19, 2007
I have also decided to make my own cold frame. Mainly because I can they make it the size I want.
Thursday, January 18, 2007
I dont even want to know if I have any damage at the allotment - I have just remember my Broad Beans - they get damaged in the wind, hopefully I have tied them well enough to the poles, Just have to wait till the weekend and see.
Tuesday, January 16, 2007
I also like the look of a Cold frame they have but it's presently not in stock.
Its just not fair!
And I also heard, even though we have had loads of rain the hosepipe ban is still in force - I cant believe it!
Well hopfully at the weekend we will fix the water butt issue and then collect loads of water for the summer.
Monday, January 15, 2007
We also had ind damage in our back garden, we have a plastic greenhouse that got a bit damaged but Steve managed to fix it and my small 4 tier green house got thrown around. Luckily I had taken out the Garlic I had planted to give it some water, thank god they are save! Also severals bits of wood where blown from one our sheds.
Here are my new beds - managed to dig 2, which will contain Raspberry canes, onions and maybe carrots.
Picture of one of our cabbage's, which are doing very well.
We also decided to take up a few leeks - they wasnt very big but we used them to make leek mash potato which was lovely.
Also decided to seperate some of the broad beans as I decided I had planted them to close to each other so I seperated them a bit and placed them in the beds with the peas and garlic.
Tuesday, January 09, 2007
The Leeks seem to be doing very well, not sure when I can use them but I might just have to use my judgement as I think I lost the packet they come from :-(
All the other Veg seem to be doing very well which is good.
Just cant wait to get started.
Ordered loads of potatoe seeds which I cant wait to arrive. I am planning to plant them at the end of the allotment, out of the way, which should fill a empty space.
Some weeding may be needed next time I visit the allotment.
Sunday, January 07, 2007
Now we have a shed I thought we need some cheap shelving for the shed, so a trip to Ikea was in order. We bought a cheap shelving unit, cut it in half and a few rails to allow us to store our tools and anything else.
We also bought a new camping stove so we can have tea while on the allotment so while in Ikea we bought some cheap cups so if they get broke we dont really care.
We wasnt planning to do any work on the allotment, just place the stuff from Ikea in the Shed but while we was drinking some tea, one of our neighbours Stan, turned up and started digging. We felt guilty so we started to dig over a small area of the allotment to get rid of a few weeds. Hopefully ( according to Stan, well he does had 40 years experience in growing Veg so we do tend to try and get as much information of him as possible) the frost will kill the weeds and help the ground when we start to plant.