Monday, 1 May 2017

Planning and Reviewing May in Previous Years

Reviewing the diary over the last four years for May

2013 - Spring was the coldest for 50 years, I had the first six beds and the comfrey bed in place. Beds 5 & 6 were Sprouts and Cabbages, as expected lots of sowing and potting on happened.
2014Frost warnings and seedlings grown in the grow house inside the green house on Mill Green. Potato Halums were a little frost damaged, Slabs at home laid for the Space Saver Greenhouse, Erected the Space Saver Greenhouse at home and the Double grow House at Mill Green.        

2015 -  Potatoes in Buckets, transplanting Tomato plants, High Winds and damage on the plots, Cherry Trees have Cherries on them, Planting out Spring Onions, Harvesting Over wintered spring onions, Planting Cabbages and Cauliflowers and the Crimson Crush plants arrive, three more bed frames made 

2016 - Spencer Road - Second sowing of sweetcorn due to slow germination then the first sowing germinated after the first !, Beds 1-3 completed, Potatoes in bed 3. Comfrey bed 2 completed.

Mill Green - overwintered onions in greenhouse planted to replace those that were nobbled by slugs in the beds, Sowing frenzy of beetroots, Spring Onions, Cucumber, Celery, second sowing or brassica's as first sowing died. Frost second week of May. Bean frame maintenance.   

As one expects there are items that are common to the month, it's interesting looking back at the work on my first plot and comparing that with the second. Most certainly having a plot to deal with has meant that the progress on the second plot has not been so swift.

Below is the to do list in no particular order and catching up with what actually happened in April and what has slipped

Spencer Road
  • As much infrastructure works as the weather will allow - Ongoing
  • Raise the paving for the greenhouse- Ongoing
  • Erect the greenhouse - Still waiting for the base to be completed
  • Weed the area and create Bed 8 for Spring Onions - Done
  • Make Walking Onion raised bed frames.- Still One to complete
  • Make a decision about if to have permanent beds behind the fruit cages - Yes Behind  
  • Dig up Rhubarb from Maggie's plot - Done
  • Sow Potatoes - Half done one additional bed to go in
Mill Green
  • Tidy Up the Allotment - Ongoing
  • Clear The Greenhouse - Done
  • Hoop Cages and Netting for Onions from Mill Green to Spencer Road - Not Yet but blue pipe obtained .
  • Drain and Move Nettle Water Butt to Spencer Road - Done
  • Install hoop eyes and training wires for trees - TBD
  • Prepare Cauliflower Beds - Done
  • Warm Up Carrot Bed - Done
  • Trim the grapevine Back - Way overdue
  • Sow Potatoes in Buckets - Delayed due to weather
  • Sow Potatoes in the ground - 2 and a hlf beds to be sown
  • Bean Frame to be fixed back to the Wall - Built new gallows brackets to be erected 
  • Clear the crap out of the sheds - Started one done
  • Sow all the seeds Listed Here
  • Already stocked up with coir for 2017, but I will need to replenish for 2018 - Started
  • Purchase vent opener for new greenhouse.- Not Yet 

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