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Around the plot

Down the lottie today I was bitten to death.

However I did get some pics of the different sections so you can see an overview, and there’s a few more pics of the finished raised bed from yesterday which I also planted a bit in.

We now have cucumbers, another courgette, my applemint (restricted by a bottomless pot which is a long pot with the bottom knocked off – the roots don’t tend to go very deep in mint so it’ll restrict its spread for a bit), a left over tomato, last of my leeklings (that’s a bably leek to you), spagetti squash and some sown from seed brussel sprouts (yuk!!)

Pics in a gallery format below

First pic (top right) is of the strawberry bed which is somewhat infested with couch grass (twich) as well as strawberries!, next is the harlow carr 3×3 imitation and finally another pic of the three sisters bed

2nd row new bed with plants, next houses our mangetout, cabbages, a sorry looking cucumber and some more brussels, last pic on second row is our fruit area.

3rd row is of my other runner bean bed with more fruit, and lollo rosso, next pic has cold frame and asparagus bed, last pic on that row is our beans, additional strawberries and rhubarb bed.  I’ll be moving the rhubarb at the end of the season into trenches in front of the blue boxes – it’s unmanageable in the manure beds now.

Final pic is my pond and first line slug defence.  There’s often a frog in there now and I’ve noticed a definate reduction in slugs in the locality.  Good job mr frog!

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Last night I finally got down the allotment and was finally joined by my nearest and dearest.   It’s surprising how much longer the days lasts (yes I know the clocks have gone back) but seeing as during my first proper week down the allotment I was arriving at 5pm and finishing at 6pm when it got too dark, I’m surprised that already the day is lasting half an hour longer as I arrived at 5 and we weren’t packing up until it got particularly cold at 7:30 (and it was still light too!)

I decided that it was time I moved the water butt and discovered what lurked beneath.  Some time ago one of my neighbours gave me a few goldfish to put in the bottom.  I’m sad to say that over the winter I’d paid little attention to them and the water was worse than a bit murky.  However as I got down to the bottom where it was really quite silty, one gold goldfish and three still immature goldfish were lurking (that’s how many were originally in there!)

I was surprised at how much effort was required to move the water butt.  It’s now in a fairly shady location beside the shed rather than 1/3 of the way across the plot.  The main reason for moving it was for the shade for the fish, however the other issue was that I had to run a 16ft bit of drainpipe over the compost heap to get to it.  It did look fantastically madcap, but it was in a particularly silly location and looks much better now and is also ensuring our shed doesn’t blow over.







Talking of which, the next DIY job is to re-roof the shed.  The winds haven’t done it any good at all and the roof felt has started to come off.

The fish have been temporarily relocated into the pond whilst the water butt settles into its new location and the fresh water from the tap looses its chlorine.  The pond is supposed to be for wildlife and I know what happens when you get frogs spawn in a pond with fish.  I’ll have four fat fish and not a lot of spawn.

I’ve also discovered the first asparagus shoot and planted out the earlies.  It’s a bit late, but what the hell eh?

Whilst I was digging away planting out potatoes my better half was weeding the strawberries and swearing each time she pulled up a strawberry plant that had dug itself into our path.

I finished off by back filling the old pond (not the one with the fish in, the one with the horrible stagnant water) and tidying up the compost heap.







It also looks like my other neighbours have acquired our incinerator (even though they have their own) because it was smoking away, on their plot.  Did have a moment of panic when I noticed it had gone, but I borrow their wheelbarrow enough without asking!

Spring has definitely sprung – not only are the daffs out, but I’ve also seen leaves on most of my fruit bushes and my apple tree!

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Wow – Asparagus

Asparagus tips





There I was last night (at 10pm, I’d realised I’d forgotten to close up the greenhouses and would need to make the trip down the lottie) pulling up a bit of mares tail and my hand closed around something completely different – it was quite, quite dark, but even so I could make out what looked suspiciously like asparagus.

The early morning trip today confirmed my suspicions.  Huzzah!

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Asparagus graveyard!

The asparagus is officially dead.  when I put it in last year, it sat around in the bag for a few days rather than going straight in whilst I quickly dug it a bed.  it was put in, but I had no real growing instructions.  Unfortunately the weeds got in quick and did the dirty on it over the summer.  During the clearup I did manage to hack it back, hoping in vain it would recover.  No soap, today it is like soggy paper.

I’ve also got rats in the compost bin, which I dug out today and the majority of it is lovely earth.  That went onto the ex-asparagus bed which has been split in two for early potatoes.  I dug over the old herb and carrot bed.  The all died anyway so it wasn’t much of a problem.

Also to note is the formation of the local allotment association and the introduction of polytunnels!  We really wanted one last year for the tomatoes and squash, but were turned down by the parish council.  Now we can take the old greenhouse that was offered to us and take out the glass and use the frame for the polytunnel.

I went home to return with lots of plastic bottles I’ve been meaning to take down there as my tempory greenhouses.  Whilst down there I spoke to a fellow allotmenteer who after hearing of my plight of the asparagus has shown me where a big patch of wild asparagus is growing.  I may be over there to split the crown later in the year!

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