Tuesday 29 March 2022
Sunday 27 March 2022
Hose unwound, water due to be turned on tomorrow and corner cleared of timber and weed membrane and rubber matting over the area to be dug weeded and covered in woodchips when they finally arrive. Adi the plot holder of plot 2 next door as cut all the grass and weeds down ready for the 2022 season.
Patio cleared of the rubber mats which were a little bit of a trip hazard to be honest.
Malling Juno (early) Raspberries from the D.T.Brown - Long Cropping Raspberry Collection looking lush.
There I was worried about the raspberry canes growing last year and this year I have 5 runners of Malling Juno (early) Raspberries from the D.T.Brown - Long Cropping Raspberry Collection coming up in the path to deal with.
Rhubarb Livingstone from D.T.Brown. looking good, the middle one is catching up slowly.
Corner of the plot has a tidy the timbers are now stacked on the wood pile, the square flower buckets of soil grouped together near the Dalek. Weed membrane and rubber mats cover the area in front of the last two Daleks on the Dalek Army line.
The plan is to erect a 1.8m x 1.8m (6ft x 6ft) Greenhouse frame and clad it with the mesh panels that are currently leaning up against the scaffold tubes in the Raspberry beds to make a structure I can grow climbing vegetables up and perhaps lettuce inside one the vegetables on the 3 sides and roof give some shade.
Cupido sets in modules in the Plot 1A Greenhouse.
Using some of the white hoops I inherited on the plot to make a mini hoop house over the high level planter with radishes.
Saturday 26 March 2022
I had a great day out with Emma Wooldridge today as a belated birthday gift at True Grip Off Road for a Birthday 4x4 chalk quarry driving experience. We have done a lot of quad biking at True Grip in the past and it has always been a great experience no matter the time of year or weather conditions. The 4x4 Experience was awesome, driving a 4x4 in a quarry when one minute you are looking up in the sky through the windscreen and then next you are over the ridge and looking down into the quarry and the gears are controlling you decent is mind blowing to begin with.We had breakfast on the way to Ashford in Kent, and as we arrived early, we visited Dobbies which I have to say I was not impressed with and then Longacres Bybrook Barn which was a much nicer garden centre, and had a better feel about it.
I have been looking for westland Gro Sure Seed and Cutting Compost which is my normal go too compost for starting off my seedlings, Usually TESCO has westland composts from the start of march, but no where locally appears to have it not even the local Blue Diamond who will be selling 3 sacks for £12 when it finally arrives. I have book marked it and asked for an email when it comes into stock.
I have emailed the public relations and marketing contacts for westlands to try and find out why Gro Sure is in such short supply, but as with most marketing people one discovers they are poor communicators, which is a little counter intuitive but found to be true, so I'm not holding my breath for an answer anytime soon, if at all to be honest.
What I did find at Longacres Bybrook Barn was the westland Multi-Purpose Compost with added John Innes at 2 sacks for £6.
Now I did not have great results using the new Westland New Horizon Tomato Compost with BIO3 last year in fact an experiment growing between westland New Horizon Tomato Compost with BIO3 V Dalefoots showed just how poor the results were with the New BIO3 were, but I'm willing to give this a try as it has added John Innes for my seedlings as I can't get Gro Sure. and I can pot them on into something healthier as I can still get peat based compost this year.
I paid for my compost purchase using an HTA eVoucher, which the cashier wanted to take and I explained that I needed it back because it was a £30 gift I had been given by my sister-in-law for my birthday and there should be £18 still on it.
We checked on line whilst waiting for the 4x4 experience and found the eVoucher had zero balance. So after the experience we went back to Longacres Bybrook Barn to explain and it appears that the particular member of staff was not normally on the till, but was on because it was Mothers Day weekend and they were short staffed, and had somehow cleared the remaining £18 balance. Customer services at Longacres Bybrook Barn were excellent and just gave me another HTA Gift card to the value of £18 after looking into the matter.
So just be careful when using HTA paper, card of eVouchers in garden centres that you do get your change. the FAQ at HTA state that not all outlets give change of balance to paper vouchers, but eVoucher's should retain a balance the same as cards.
Quite by accident Emma had booked us into the Harvester opposite Longacres Bybrook Barn for an early evening meal to round off the day.
Friday 25 March 2022
Sown lunch time 13 Black Beauty from Seed Parade average 200 seeds for 99p plus P&P
Thursday 24 March 2022
Here is the plan for the Square Foot Gardening Beds at the moment, now I need to start off some of the plants I want to grow in them that can't be sown direct or can be but I want to get a head start.
1 Gherkin (2) + Radish (8)
2 Gherkin (2) + Radish (8) or Possibly Spring Onions ?
3 Cucumber (2) + Radish (8) - Cucumbers sow end April for early May
4 Cucumber (2) + Radish (8) or Possibly Spring Onions ?
5 Aubergine (1) Black Beauty - Sown, Transplant May + Radish (12)
6 Pepper (1) – Sweet Lunchbox + Radish (12) or Possibly Spring Onions ?
7 Aubergine (1) – Long Purple - Sown, Transplant May + Radish (12)
8 Pepper (1) - Summer Salad + Radish (12) or Possibly Spring Onions?
9 Carrots (16) – Snowman F1 (White Carrots) - D.T.Brown
10 Chard (4) – Fordhook Giant
11 Carrots (16) – Rainbow Mix - Thompson & Morgan
12 Chard (4) – Bright Lights
13 Lettuce (4) – Little Gem
14 Beetroot (16) - Beetroot Kornett - Mr Fothergill's
15 Lettuce (4) – Amaze - D.T.Brown
16 Beetroot (16) – Moneta
Wednesday 23 March 2022
On the 14th March I sowed 12 Watermelons:-
Tuesday 22 March 2022
Monday 21 March 2022
It was a beautiful sunny afternoon and Kelly was working form home, and could keep an eye on Jen, so I took the opportunity to get a couple of hours in on the allotment late this afternoon, hydrating Coco Boost Coir, bagging it up and storing away in a storage bin ready for the planting my potatoes.
1 Litre Kettle of hot water followed by 4 litres of cold water whilst the kettle boiled the water again, then scoop up the soft stuff into empty compost sacks.
There is no water on the site at the moment so I have been taking 2 litre pop and water bottles of water down with me and storing them in the potting table behind the greenhouse
The sacks of hydrated Coir were put in the coir storage bin, the locking handles are not very good and I have lost the lid in the wind or storms in the past, so a couple of half concrete paving blocks were in order.
Sunday 20 March 2022
I got the second 100 Litre sack of Vermiculite that had been stored in the plot 1A greenhouse. I Purchased both sacks from Marshalls last year. As the first sack it had been double wrapped in paper sacks for protection it during delivery.
Square foot gardening bed has had the Coco Coir in there since last year when I hydrated the block, the cardboard had more or less rotted away so a new layer of cardboard was added yesterday together with a sack of Miracle Gro Peat Free Premium Fruit and Vegetable Compost and Clover Multi-Purpose Peat Based Compost.
Two Sacks worth of Equigrow Soil Conditioner on top of the Mix.
Two Sacks worth of Equigrow Soil Conditioner on top of the mix raked out
Then worked into the mix using the Claw that was bought for me 24 years ago on my 40th Birthday by Auntie Dawn who must have known that one day I would need it! I didn't really garden in those days other than cutting grass and hedges.
The bed once the Equigrow Soil Conditioner was worked into the whole bed. The level is still down from the surrounding frame so it was time to add something else.
Happy Compost Enriched Top Soil. I only have the one bag so I divided it up and spread it on both of the Square Foot gardening Beds.
Second Square Foot Gardening Bed once the Happy Compost Enriched Top Soil had been sprinkled over the two Square Foot Gardening Beds, still not taking the fill to the top of the frame on the second bed which is deeper than the first
Time to add some Willy Wormcasts from D.T.Brown to the mix
Willy Wormcasts up close and personal
View of the second Square Foot Gardening Bed once the Willy Wormcasts and Happy Compost Enriched Top Soil had been worked into the top of the mix.
Both Square Foot gardening Beds after working in the Willy Wormcasts and the Happy Enriched Top Soil into both beds
I still need to sort out the vertical climbing frame to the back of the second bed and install the two water pipe hoops, then cut a length of debris netting big enough to cover and protect from the foxes.