Monday, 10 December 2018

Coir Pallets - Yes Please

What a great way of saving trees, using waste products that are basically Coir and can be used by growers as mulch. It would save me buying Coir blocks 

Sunday, 9 December 2018

Nothing Like it Was Supposed To Be!

Well I did it again, I looked at the weather forecast three to four days in advance and built myself up for a nice sunny day 


Thursday, 6 December 2018

What's Sunday Going To Be Like?


It's been a few weeks since I have been able to get on with anything down on the allotment so today I thought that I would look to see what the likelihood is of me getting down there this Sunday is, and at the moment it's looking promising. 

Saturday is a mixture of Sunny intervals and light cloud with only a 19% chance of rain, so hopefully by Sunday things may have dried out a little down on the plot.

My plan is to clear the interface between plot 1A and Plot 1 so that I can get the flower beds in and I may even get some of the timber for the raised beds painted if they have dried out enough on Saturday. 

I know it's counting chickens, but this time of year coming up to the shortest day and December normally being one of the wettest months of the year one has to dream and plot to get done, what you can, when windows of opportunity open up for you.    

Wednesday, 5 December 2018

World Soil Day

World Soil Day: 5 December 2018. The International Union of Soil Sciences (IUSS), in 2002, adopted a resolution proposing the 5th of December as World Soil Day to celebrate the importance of soil as a critical component of the natural system and as a vital contributor to human wellbeing.

Saturday, 1 December 2018

Planning and Reviewing December in Previous Years

Reviewing the diary over the last five years for December 

There is not a whole lot of growing that happens in December, its normally blustery, cold, rainy, and overcast. It's the only time of the year with no sowing programme, though some enthusiasts and trophy hunters will ignore convention. I can't shut my plot down completely because there is too much tidying and maintenance to do on plot 1A and I have infrastructure works to undertake on plot 1 

2012 - My First December and third 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. There was a lot of burning of weeds in the two incinerators 

2013 - Mainly clearing up the plot, Growing and cut and drop green manure, installing an infrastructure of paths and beds. Harvesting Sprouts 

2014 - Mainly clearing up the plot, Growing and cut and drop green manure, installing an infrastructure of paths and beds. Harvesting Sprouts 

2015 - Mainly clearing up the 2nd plot on Spencer Road, Growing and cut and drop green manure, installing an infrastructure of paths and beds. Harvesting Sprouts, carrots and parsnips  


2016 - Two plots on two different allotment sites Mill Green and Spencer Road, Installing infrastructure, collecting leafs, Walking Onions in greenhouse, harvesting sprouts, manure and leafs on beds, making planting membrane sheets, High winds blow over Keith's shed. Shed Break-ins and meeting the police on Spencer Road.
            
2017 - Family health matters mean very little achieved on the plot. Leaf collection and sprout harvest.  

Below is the to do list in no particular order and catching up with what actually happened in November 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 - TBD
Home
  • Planning
  • Catalogue Seeds 
Reminders
  • Purchase vent opener for new greenhouse.- Not Yet

To Do List



DEC
DecemberApple - plant trees
DecemberApple - prune trees