Reviewing the diary over the last nine years for June
2013 - Potting up tomatoes & peppers, potatoes, cabbages, sprouts and sweet corn, dug beds 7 & 8
2014 - Watering system installed on Mill Green plot 1A, Potted up Tomatoes into buckets, installed bed 12, Marrows in manure covered in cardboard. Beetroots, Harvested the first bunch of Spring onions. Harvested first early potatoes from buckets. End of the month bed 13 completed, second bed of runner beans sown.
2015 - Not many posts in the blog for this month in this year, it was however my first Vlog from the plot. first year trying French beans the family didn't like them and it they have not been grown again since. Potted tomatoes from vending machine cups into pots that were taken to the grow house on the plot. First year growing Marketmore cucumbers. Sweetcorn planted on Fathers day, First year for successfully growing a whole bed of Parsnips. First year for peas. Cherries on the cherry trees. Sent two Crimson Crush tomato plants.
2016 - Very cold June. Grow House heaving with plants, Burpless Cucumber transplanted into pots, Tomatoes potted on from vending machine cups, Sprouts failed and I had to buy some. Third sowing of beetroots, First year for celery. Flooding at Wallington Railway Bridge
Second sowing of sweetcorn due to slow germination then the first sowing germinated after the first ! Drying Coffee Grounds
Mill Green - Runner beans planted out, sweetcorn planted out into beds mulched with cut comfrey, Sprouts planted out,
Spencer Road - Onions, Potatoes, Beetroots and infrastructure works.
Home - Tomatoes finally get transplanted into flower buckets.
2017 - Due to wife being very ill and in hospital a couple of times, everything was late and many things just didn't happen. Sweetcorn was sown about a month later than usual, so were Beetroots, and the first early spud in buckets experiment for SoilFixer was also a month late. Very large double size Dalek picked up off Freecycle for Mill Green
2018 - Community work, clearing weeds from plot 4 for Sarah who has burn injuries and can't work her plot. Crimson Crush & Rapunzel tomatoes planted on the plot. Lark Sweetcorn planted, Moving slabs and kerb stones from Spencer Road to Mill Green, Sold my Handy Tiller & Generator that I had bought and had never used, Trimming tomatoes and giving a Comfrey feed, Butternut Squash in the bottom of Plot 1. Clearing Spencer Road Allotment and bringing items to Mill Green. Sowed more carrots, Spring Onions in cut down flower buckets, 24th June Cucumbers transplanted, Fixing the chairs, Comfrey pipe from Spencer Road plot set up on Mill Green, Shed maintenance replacing feather edge board, Trees from Jersey Plants Direct,
2019 - Lots of potting up and growing in the Space Saver Greenhouse, Purchased CMH Heavy Duty Plastic Trays, Lots of rain and flooding in the early part of the month. The contractor working on the property behind the wall cut down the trees and left branches on my shed. Lots of plums on the tree and the some bastard picked them all! Beetroots disappointing this year wiped out by the intense heat and slugs. 24th June Butternut squash planted out, cucumbers starting to climb their framework, Trial of Nemaslug sent but they had to be stored in the fridge!, Weekend Heatwave with temperatures in 40C .Watering visits as a very dry and sunny June, Potatoes in buckets drying out very quickly, must consider toeing into the bed next year.
2020 - Due to Covid and the lockdown I didn't visit the allotment during June as I was shielding my wife. My daughter and son in law visited and tried to keep the allotment tidy and undertook weed management. All of my growing was done in the back garden.
2021 - First week potting on tomatoes into vending machine cups. Met Jane from idverde and she undertook the plot inspections and served no cult letters on two of the plot holders. Planting Sweetcorn into the beds. Gherkins and cucumbers potted on. Second week of June really hot and dry, mid week watering visit required. 300mm x300mm paving slabs off Freecycle used to make the path between SFG Beds 1 & 2. Making tomato planting membrane for the new narrow beds on the plot. Buying 3" spring clamps to hold the debris netting to the tube was a game changer . Lined the inside of the plot 1 Greenhouse with blue Debris netting and made it look like a TARDIS. Beetroot bed a third sown and growing. Tomato Bed 2 weeded, compost added and plants planted. Path between Rhubarb Beds 1 & 2 weeded and formed. Quadgrows finally set up in the plot 1 greenhouse.
Jen still needing two of us to move her around on occasion as she has lost a lot of strength following Covid my girls have been a god send. They are still helping and managing to give me some time to get down to the allotment.
To Do List
Below is the to do list in no particular order and catching up with what actually happened in April and what has slipped.
Mill Green - Plot 1A
- Re Add additional supporting timbers to the roof of the shed - TBD
- Tidy Up the Allotment - Ongoing but getting so much better
- Weeding - Ongoing lots of paths re woodchipped during May as we managed to get 3 loads of woodchip dropped off.
- Greenhouse 1A - Installed shading externally as I don't have time to install internally, an over wintering job me now thinks!
Mill Green - Plot 1
- Square Foot Gardening Beds - First bed now has cucumbers and spring onions sown in it. I have Celery to find a home for and some will go into each SFB along with Aubergines. SFG Bed 2 needs mesh installed and cross hops and debris netting once my new netting arrives.
- Beds and Paths - Third Square Foot Gardening and Solar Tent Bed to be formed.
- Install the kerb edging along the bottom of Plot 1 - TBD Bulbs sown along the edge but very few have come up, Thinking Squirrels have pinched them!.
- Tidy Up the Allotment - Ongoing
- Potatoes in Buckets - Managed to get all the potatoes in on the 1st May
- Planning - Ongoing
- Cut Planting Membrane - Make square foot gardening bed blanks
- Space Saver Greenhouse - Cleared most of the plants down to the allotment and two of the four Brassica beds in the other two need sorting out.