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Spring cleanup


Above: before
Below: after (in the rain)


Sweet corn planted


Chickens are happy with the grape vine progress


Bean poles moved and naughty self seeded squash moved


Ready for more planting next week!

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A walk about the plot



Yesterday evening I made it down the allotment, only originally intending to drop off the water butt connector I’d bought.  Clair was down for the first time in a while attempting to finish the digging she’d started a few weeks ago to prepare her mini-plot.


I did a bit of weeding in and around the plot.  The ‘harlow carr’ bed is starting to take shape now we’ve got some plants in it.  We’ve now got broad beans, lollo rosa lettuce, courgettes, sun flower, leeks, elephant garlic, red/white onions, strawberries, sweetcorn, herbs, tomatoes and chard.


harlow carr bed


Similarly I checked over the three sisters bed which is currently only sporting a couple of pumpkin and courgette plants.  I’ve lined this bed with a few marigolds as I had nowhere else to put them, and they seem to be doing quite well.  Similarly in the potato bed I’ve done the same, and between the rows we’ve planted basil (which didn’t survive) and a mild broad leaf lettuce.  The early potatoes are up nice and high now.


The rhubarb which I split has done exceedingly well.  It’s shading the beans I’ve planted and allowing them to climb the poles without being blown off.  The lack of light has also meant they’ve grown a lot quicker.  We’ll see if there is much difference in the amount of beans produced between the two.


clair and blackbird


The asparagus bed is pretty much been devastated by the wind.  The stems have fallen over or broken off, but I’m hoping for better next year.


The cold frame is full of chili plants ready for the mini greenhouse I’m planning to erect next to our shed and the sweet corn I’ve sown is just germinating now.


The mangetout we planted in our new bed are doing well and are climbing high.  Similarly the cabbages which were donated to us a while ago are looking quite good and are starting to firm up a bit.  The carrot bins are flush with carrot seedlings now and have put out their first set of feathery leaves.




One of the pictures shows Clair with her new friend – a cheeky blackbird which was so tame it was only about a foot away whilst she was digging.  Didn’t mind me getting up close with my camera phone either. 


water butt leaking

Finally my water butt (the new one) when used sprung a leak.  It emptied in about three minutes much to my annoyance.  At least it’s one less I’ll need to drain when I fit the new hose this weekend.

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