Thursday 1 November 2018

Planning and Reviewing November in Previous Years

Reviewing the diary over the last five years for November

2012 - My First November and second month of owning an allotment was mainly spent cutting down the weeds and exposing what lay underneath and discovering all manor or debris to dispose off . It took me two weeks to cut back and stack the weeds and debris on pallets and pens created to hold them and I covered the weeds to allow them to dry out for burning. My shed was ordered and the base went in mid month and on the 18th November the shed was erected.

2013 - Mainly clearing up the plot, planting over wintering onions and creating a pop bottle greenhouse and collecting leaf's.  

2014 - Harvesting peppers, making slug traps, washed the greenhouse, clearing weeds and covering beds for winter. Collecting coffee grounds.  

2015 - Took on additional plot on Spencer Road as I thought there would not be anywhere to drop off and pick up at Mill Green once the development was completed and negotiations re it's formation were not very good with the Council and Redrow at that time. 

2016 - Two plots on two different allotment sites Mill Green and Spencer Road , Paving slabs off freecycle, Walking Onions purchased, First Frost and Final Potato harvest, Grow Your Own Magazine Grapevine Forum Member of the Month for November 2016. last Harvest of carrots. Vandalism and the burning of polytunnels and break-ins on Spencer Road Allotment, meeting with the police. Making Planting membrane. More sheds broken into so upped the security on the shed.          

2017 Started looking at what was in my seed box . Thompson & Morgan listed my blog as one of Nine Notable Seed Bloggers and pondered the Question "What Happens when you cross and Allotment with A structural Engineer" Work started on clearing Plot 1 of vegetation. Jersery Plants Lucky Dip Trees arrive. First draft of Plan Layout for both plots released. 

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

Mill Green - Plot 1
  • As much infrastructure works as the weather will allow - Subject 
  • Water Butts - Fix taps 
  • Guttering to Shed - TBD
  • Extension to shed - rear - built minor modification required   
  • Cut Roof Joists to bed sizes - Ongoing
  • Make Bread Tray Saw Horses - Done
  • Paint Joist cut to bed sizes - Ongoing 
  • Lay the paving for the greenhouse - TBD 
  • Erect the greenhouse - Timbers Cut for base need to be treated  
  • Tidy Up the Allotment - Ongoing and looking better all the time
  • Remove Hawthorne bushes from the wall - TBD
  • Install Kerb Edging all around the plot - TBD
  • Stockpile Timber ready for burning  - Ongoing
  • Install Flower Beds - TBD   
  • Plant Spring Bulbs - TBD

Mill Green - Plot 1A
  • Weeding - Never ending job   
  • Clear the greenhouse - To Be Done 
  • Rhubarb Bed to be created - clearance of weeds in current location and move when ready
  • Tidy Up the Allotment - Ongoing and looking better all the time 
  • Clear area behind the Greenhouse - TBD
  • Clear Seating Area - TBD
  • Plant Raspberries against the Wall - TBD

  • Planning - As they turn red
  • Purchase vent opener for new greenhouse.- Not Yet

To Do List

Week 2Squash / pumpkins - start to use
Week 3Brussels Sprouts - begin to harvest if any had survived !

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