Sunday 1 January 2023

Planning and Reviewing January in Previous Years

Reviewing the diary over the last ten years for January

2013 - Infrastructure works, Laying concrete 43 slab paths and patio area, Collecting Leafs  
2014 - Infrastructure works, Plastic edging from the Window Factory, Digital Thermometers from Lidl, dismantle a greenhouse, Bean trench, Chitting Potatoes, Onions from seed  

2015 -  Coir Blocks from Poundland, Onions from Seed, Spacesaver Greenhouse, Chitting Potatoes, Onions from seed. Allotment Winter Tidy Up   

2016 - Infrastructure works base for the Shed on Spencer Road, Sarpo Spuds arrive end of January, and were set chitting

2017 Infrastructure works, Laying concrete slabs, Base for the patio area on Spencer Road,  Digital Thermometers from Lidls for the additional green house and Grow Station, Tomato Compost & Coir to the plot as soil conditioner

2018 Infrastructure works covering the plot with weed membrane, Moving infrastructure materials like kerb stones from Spencer Road to Mill Green, Worked out the Tomato Grow List for 2018 after receiving the GYO Seed Circle packs, Overwintering Spring Onion experiment and walking onions in the greenhouse. Updates the Gardeners Guidance publication for idverde & LBS, Beast from the East & Terracotta Pot Heater in the greenhouse.

2019 Only 8 post last January, Planted up a bed of tulips and daffodils. Reducing the amount of hawthorne along the wall and had a fire in the incinerators, Infrastructure work cutting joists to size and painting them. 
2020 Buying and Sorting seeds, so much rain in December 2019 that the grotto canal was flooded, Davros and the Genesis of the composting Army II, Storm Brendan took Wally's polytunnel for a kite ride over the fence, First two full beds on plot 1 dug weeded and installed, Emma & Andy helped me build 7 raised beds and stack them ready to install during the year. Mentioned in Dispatches by Waltons, Reviewing the BioGreen Firefly, Mentioned in Dispatches by Thompson & Morgan   

2021 Ground water table high and Carshalton Grotto Canal flowing. Two more beds dug and weeded. Leaf Bin and Arch off Freecycle. Seven more raised bed frames built on the plot. Mentioned in Despatched by both Thompson & Morgan and Waltons. Fire fly review for BioGreen.  Buying and Sorting seeds, Trial of Sweet Potatoes that ended up in a total failure as grown in containers in the back garden due to covid restrictions & Lockdown. 

2022 New Washing machine V Allotment. -6C Coldest day. Ordered by seedless grapes from Suttons. Andy laid the patio area in front of the plot 1 shed & I made the third Rhubarb bed. Chitting Potatoes in Mushroom trays. I won the Mr Fothergill's New Year's competition. Clip Gloves review. Posts about new Varieties from D.T.Brown and their Spring catalogue.
To Do List  

Below is the to do list in no particular order and catching up with what actually happened in December and what has slipped. To be frank with the snow and then ice and rain combined with my wife being really ill, I have not really been able to get down to the allotment plot during December and little or no real headway has been made. 

The plan for January is to get as much infrastructure on Plot 1 in place as possible and get both plots and greenhouses ready for next season, and Build a dormer window for the plot 1 greenhouse with two solar fans. 

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 - Complete the weeding of plot 1A
  • Greenhouse 1A - Get ready for winter sowings and perhaps some hydroponics

Mill Green - Plot 1
  • 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 over Winter months. 
  • Potatoes in Buckets - Harvesting to continue this month as some are re growing! 
  • Greenhouse 1 - construct a dormer window with twin solar fans to replace the vent that has been damaged by the defective automatic vent opener.  
  • Planning - Ongoing
  • Cut Planting Membrane - Make more full bed blanks
  • Space Saver Greenhouse - Clear and Clean then Sow some winter crops.

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