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Two Sisters bed

No, not three sisters.  Not yet anyway.

Around some of our own home grown courgettes and a couple from the plant sale we decided to plant our sweetcorn.  In previous years we probably haven’t given our sweetcorn quite enough nutrients.  Before planting each plant, we dug in a few inches of manure and added about thirty plants.  It’s a lot for a small space, but it’s all good fun to see if it works.  This time round we’ve taken our advice from gardeners world – planting two side by side to get the most bang for buck.

We also got a few more cucumbers in and a couple of chilli plants.  Whilst I was busy setting up the chilli plants, my wife dug over the old strawberry bed and planted up with pumpkins – one of which is the mammoth variety…

Found some odd grubs in the soil when we were digging in the manure – since last year this bed had quite a bit of broccoli in it which was destroyed by pests these grubs may have been the cause.  Fortunately Mr Blackbird was happy to accept this offering and popped back later to see if he’d get any other tasty titbits.  He was out of luck as we decided to pop over to Hanningfield reservoir for an ice cream.

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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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Saturday

 

Didn’t have much time today to do anything due to the camp I was on with my scout troop – we only really had time to get a cup of coffee on in the morning on my shiny kelly kettle (a must for allotments or perminant base camping! img_0670

 

 

 

 

First potatoes of the season – lovely in our stew

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Tomatoes with pipe water saving feature – just fill the pipe with water and you water the roots without letting the clay soil get to wet or too hard!

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Three sisters bed – planted with corn from realseeds.co.uk, climbing french beans, courgettes, pumpkins, buttercup squash and a mystery squash.  Also there’s a few marigolds there.  Not by design, I just needed somewhere to shove them after my mini green house fell to pieces.

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 A view of one of the sections on our ‘harlow carr 3×3’ immitation beds.  This is planted quite closely with sweetcorn and another variety of climbing beans.  You can also see the corner of our broad bean section, lollo rosa lettuce (I think that’s how you spell it) and brussel sprouts (yuk!)

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The missus to be (we’re getting married in far less than a month) with the chicken manure.  Lovely.  See how much weight she’s lost, very thin! (that should earn me some brownie points!)  You can also see the potato bed and the rhubarb I split this year behind her (near the bamboo poles)

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  First set of strawberries ripening on the plants.  They’re delicious.  So far I’ve had four, Hels has had two.

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  Some of the tomatoes I put in – I dug over a very small section which used to be a compost heap and put plant pots in – much like the pipes with the tomatoes above, the pots help feed the roots with water rather than letting the water run over the surface.  It means watering time is much reduced because I only water specific parts, I water less and the plants roots dig deeper.  Handy for feeding too!

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