Friday 1 November 2019

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.

2018 -  My brother-in-law Keith was in hospital during November and lost his battle to Amyloidosis which is a rare condition caused by a build up of proteins called Amyloid's in organs and tissues in the body On the 19th November. The weather was a mixture of cold & sunny early in the month and cold & wet at the end of the month. I started to look at what was in my seed boxes and worked on getting the beds cleared and covered for the Winter.

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 1A
  • Dig up two and a half beds of potatoes - TBD
  • Clear Beds 7 & 8 of the sweetcorn roots and cover for Winter - TBD
  • Clear Bed 1 of weeds and cover - TBD
  • Clear Bed 2 of Cabbages and cover - TBD
  • Clear the Runner Beans - TBD 
  • Clear the storage area to the side and the back of the shed - TBD
  • Cut back the tree over the shed so it can be re roofed - TBD
  • Remove and dispose of Corex on the roof - TBD   
  • Temporary Bitumen the shed roof where felt is missing - TBD  
  • Re felt the roof of the shed - TBD   
  • Fix the potting Bench - Never ending job   
  • Clear the Wasp Nest in greenhouse 1A - To Be Done one the wasps have gone! 
  • 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
  • Weeding - Never ending job   
  • Clear Seating Area - TBD
Mill Green - Plot 1

  • As much infrastructure works as the weather will allow - Subject to rain    
  • Install the kerb edging along the bottom of Plot 1 - TBD
  • Clear the weeds and install a 600mm margin around the perimeter of the plot - TBD
  • Woodchip the Margin around the perimeter of the plot. - TBD
  • Clear fire area - TBD
  • Have fires to clear the rubbish - TBD
  • Start digging and weeding the Beds and Paths - 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 remaining Hawthorne bushes from the wall - TBD
  • Stock pile Hawthorne to dry before burning - TBD 
  • Stockpile Timber ready for burning  - Ongoing
  • Install Flower Beds - TBD   
  • Plant Spring Bulbs - TBD
  • Planning
  • Catalogue seeds
  • See what New Varieties of seeds there are for 2020  
  • None at the moment.

To Do List

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

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