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There was ‘More tomorrow…’

But nothing really worth writing home about, or with the dull, overcast weather for much of the day, much to take photos of.

So, you’ll just have to imagine the good progress Ian and myself have made up towards the Holy Grail of the small greenhouse and the alleged ‘Patio Area’.

Ian has expertly given the jasmine a haircut and found a couple of other shrubs that needed some drastic TLC.

I carried on digging and weeding, this time fighting valiantly with the huge blackberry bramble that threatens to overtake and swamp the small greenhouse.

Luckily, I’ll have my good friend ‘Domestos’ at hand tomorrow as we make a final assault.

Of course, with the patio cleared and habitable, all we’ll have to decide is quite where will be the best positions for our padded sun loungers and large umbrella for this summer!  (…Not!..)

Joking aside, what we will have to decide pretty soon is what we’re going to put where in the latest clear area.

We’re thinking brassicas and legumes, but as with anything to do with allotments, this could change at a moment’s notice.

Great fun, though!

Tomorrow, we plan to put in at least half a day up at LEAF, then it’ll be back to my plot for more…


Yet more docks and more bindweed.

To get away from all the new volunteers and general chaos up at The LEAF Plots (…but a good kind of chaos!..), myself and Ian (no relation) bid a hasty retreat down to my plot yesterday.  We’d have only got in the way, and poor Diane was so busy with them, we thought we’d keep our heads down.

So the task was yet more digging and ‘prepping up’ of my plot.

To this end, Ian finished off the digging he’d started a couple of weeks agoIan prepping up the ground..  You can see him to the right here giving the ground a final light dig.  The ground on this side of the path only needed a light skimming of the top weeds and grass off then a gentle spade’s depth of digging, and after a light raking today, it’ll be ready to put white onions, garlic and whatever else we can think of in to it.

The ground on the other side of the path was a different matter, however!

I’d copped for this, so I carried on digging out seemingly miles and miles of bindweed root and of course the massive dock plants.More digging.

Here you can see ‘my’ patch about half way through the day, and in truth, it was such hard going, I didn’t make as much progress as I’d have liked.

STILL, I have all of today free, and last night, on checking the weather forecast for today, it showed wall-to-wall sunshine.

And when I got up this morning: wall-to-wall sunshine!

On with the shorts (…its okay, there’ll be no children or small animals about…), on with the T-shirt and off we go again!


…Don’t talk to me about dock plants!

Yes, they may be excellent against nettle stings, but they are utter swines to get out of the ground!  With root systems that seem to go on for ever, these beasts are evil!

Well, I’m sure they’re not evil per se, but trying to get them out without breaking the roots -and therefore having ‘Docks: The Next Generation’ to deal with is not for the fainthearted.

Diane was running a little late this morning -she had to go and pick a visitor up from Sheffield station, so I duly opened up and of course put the kettle on.Ex-strawberry bed.

As I waited for it to boil, I ‘had a little wander’ around the LEAF Plots, as I’m wont to do.  To the right here you can see that bed I nearly did myself a mischief over trying to get the stubborn ash sapling out.  I think it looks really good now Diane has ‘properly’ (…i.e. neatly..) finished it off, apart from a collection of sorry-looking strawberries that seem to have survived the onslaught of the other day.  If you look closely, you’ll see they are surrounded by sticks pointing up out of the ground.  Well, I don’t know who put them there (…but I can guess!..), but I’m sorry to say that merely putting sticks round them won’t stop them spreading, seemingly within days!  I tell you Dear Reader, if NASA took just a couple of these and had put them on the lander that’s on its ways to Mars as we speak, within a fortnight of it touching down, you’d have continent-sized strawberry beds.  On Mars.

Anyway, I digress.

Of course, the HVC (Honorary Vice-ChairCat) Mitzi arrived pretty soon after I’d arrived.  Of course, feeding her took absolute priority over everything else -even making the tea!Mitzi.

After she’d eaten, she kindly agreed to be my photographic model until Diane arrived.  If you click this image, you’ll get a larger one.  The full-sized one is available on request!  (She’s put a paw on the ‘Model Release Form’.)

Diane and her visitor arrived just as we’d finished our fun, so I quickly excused myself and went down to my plot.  Yes, it would have been great to sit for two or three hours chatting, but I didn’t want to get cold, and anyway, I had digging to do!The dock wilderness.

Now, I was going to repair the greenhouse door further while Ian (no relation) carried on with his digging, but as he couldn’t come today, I thought I’d keep properly warm and take some of these dock plants out.

To the right of this photo, you can see the area that Ian had started, but in the foreground, you can see ‘Dock City’.

I marked out a ‘box’ with the blue rope I found in the greenhouse, and you can see it here on the left.Lines marked out.

Again, the width was exactly the length of the old spade I rescued from the greenhouse.

Why did I mark it out? You shout.

Well, a bit of psychology here.  If I just started digging, with no end-marker in sight, it would very quickly overwhelm me, and I’d get very disheartened.  By marking out this ‘box’, I’d set myself today’s target, and at a glance, I could see how I was doing.  Maybe odd, but it certainly works for me!

I did this bed in three main stages.  The first stage was merely slicing off the top weed and grass with a sharp spade.  Of course, this also took the tops of the docks off, but I wasn’t worried.  I then went over the whole bed with a large fork, watching out for the mighty dock roots.Docks?  None here, sir!

The final stage was another forking, but this time, I paid much more attention to just what I was digging up.  Along with the dock roots, there was a fair amount of buttercup and the dreaded bindweed, and this all had to come out.

To the right here you can see this ‘bed’ just before I quit for the afternoon.

Diane had come down to help, and was busily ‘spot-weeding’ yet more docks from the right of this shot.

Tomorrow afternoon -after the ‘LEAF Morning’ and before the ‘LEAF Evening Fire’, I’ll carry on and hopefully get another ‘bed’ done where Diane has been today.

I also want to do some more planting.  Methinks onions and garlic on the other side of the path I cleared last week.

After all: You can never have too many onions or too much garlic.

Strawberries: OUT!

I arrived on time last Saturday, and was very quickly put to work.  Many other volunteers had turned up earlier than normal, so it was only a very quick cup of tea during which we were ‘given our orders’.

Derek carried on with painting the top shed, Ian (no relation) carried on chopping wood, but I as given something infinitely more enjoyable.

Diane asked me if I’d like to rip some old and very woody strawberries out of the long bed on the top plot?

Does a bear wear a pointy hat in the woods?!Th strawberry bed before I started.

To the right here you can see the bed that had been started by PXI Nick and colleague the previous Thursday, and as you can see, they’d managed about half of it.

Well, I took to it like a man possessed!

You’ll also note that the sides of this bed were collapsing with rot, but as we have a load of second hand scaffolding planks to use for the sides, I didn’t have to be too careful in my work.

The only ‘thorn in my side’ was a young ash sapling that had grown right by the top edge of the bed.  If you check out this photo, you will just make it out in the centre of the shot.A young ash sapling.

Diane said it could be removed, but I had quite a job taking it out.  In fact, in all my pulling and digging I twisted my back, but as soon as it happened, I stopped and did a few stretches, then as soon as I got in, I ran a scalding hot bath and gave my back a good soak.  It seemed to work, because the following day, apart from a few ‘twinges’ when I’ve moved wrongly, it seems to be okay.  Hopefully no permanent damage done.

Anyway, I did permanently damage this ash tree! Its now sitting on a compost heap waiting to be chopped up for firewood -ash makes excellent burning material.

In the afternoon, I went down to my own plot -and you’ll be able to see all the fun I had very shortly over on the ‘Area 34′ blog.

In the early evening, I went back to LEAF and lit a fire for roast potatoes, some of Matt’s excellent home-made soup and some of Sara’s  exquisite home baked apple pie.

So, in short: A great day, lots done and marvellous food shared with good friends.

Who could want for more, eh?


Its all gone quiet? 02/07/11

Actually, it hasn’t!  Remember that swan I keep going on about?

Good.  You get the idea.

…So, what of today?

Well, we’d expected it to be a fairly quite afternoon, what with the women’s tennis and all, but in the end when Ian and I left after 7.00pm, there were upwards of twenty people still chatting, eating cake (…more of that in a bit…), and of course, drinking Plot Tea.Before we got stuck into it.

Unlike last week, there was no planting on offer, but that didn’t dishearten Ian or I, and we got stuck into some serious weeding and digging.  We were ‘prepping up’  some beds on the Therapy Plot, then harvesting some onions and garlic and making the beds ready for planting in the next few days.

Done!This shot up to the right here is of Ian working on the biggest bed, and you can see how dry and compacted this bed has become of late, what with kids and cats walking over it.  It took a fair while but when it was finished, it looked something like this here on the left.

Nice, ‘airy’ soil with more stones out of it (…only two buckets-worth today…), and all the big clods of hard earth well and truly broken up.

Now, what do we do to the soil before we plant in it?  After giving it some thought, we’ve decided that as our compost this year is actually a fine ‘weed seed mixture’ (…that’ll teach us to put weeds in the compost that have gone past flowering!..), and we’re running a little low on well-rotted horse manure, we’d change our tactics somewhat.  We’re going to plant squashes -courgettes, pumpkins and the like interspersed with lettuces and other fast-growing salad stuff, but rather than spread compost and manure over the whole bed, we’re going to dig holes for each plant, then put only a little manure underneath, planting the young plant actually sat in the manure.  This may not condition the whole bed as we’d like, but it will mean that each plant gets its own ‘turbo boost’ right where it needs it at the roots.Freshly-lifted garlic.

After we’d done that bed, we moved onto another, smaller bed with onions and garlic in, and here you can see just some of the garlic we lifted.  Maybe not as big as we’d have liked, but this year this is no real heart-ache. -We’ve got loads in other beds dotted around the site.

All too soon it was lunchtime, and Ian had brought a home-made curry and a couple of nan breads, Barry and Sairah had brought a load of food and Diane had some already ‘in stock’, so the ten or so volunteers who’d turned up by that time had a real treat.  Marvellous!

This afternoon, and The Plots were a hive of activity with seemingly Plot Kids everywhere, volunteers going backwards and forwards with buckets and tools with determined looks on their faces, great clouds of oh-so-fragrant steam coming from the metal shed where Sara and Sairah were preparing soup for our communal evening meal, then more volunteers preparing the potatoes for baking, and…  you get my drift.  Organised chaos, but very enjoyable!

We ate just before 6.00pm, and what a feast had been prepared!  The large green table was overflowing with goodies, and everyone ate their fill.

So, what of this cake I mentioned towards the top of this piece?

Kyle's birthday cake.This coming Monday is one of our ‘Junior Plotter’s’ Birthday -Kyle.  This year, we all signed a huge card for him, and his dad, Matt brought on a home-made cake for us all to sing ‘Happy Birthday’ to him over, and then cut it into very tiny slices (…There were just too many of us to get a decent sized piece!..) and we all shared and enjoyed it with him.

Then, as if we needed more, was the ‘strawberry course’.  The Plot Kids had been busy in the afternoon picking two huge bowls of them, so someone nipped up the road to the supermarket and brought back a carton of ice cream.

Mitzi gets stuck in!Of course, no work down on The Plots would be complete without a visit from our vice-chair, Mitzi.

As I took this shot, she would have smiled for the camera, but she was rather distracted by the nearly-empty ice cream tub someone had ‘sneaked’ down to her on the floor.  When she’d finished it, she discretely burped (…well, she is a Lady, after all…), and sat somewhere nice and quiet to let it ‘settle’.

I’m not saying she thoroughly enjoyed it, but as I removed the empty carton, I inspected the insides.  Clean as a whistle.

Like all good ‘Allotmenteers’, Mitzi doesn’t waste much!

Anyway, I’d better get off now, but I’m already looking forward to tomorrow.  Even though I’m busier than my cat at two food bowls, I’m going over for an hour because in the morning and into the afternoon, LEAF hosts ‘Grow Sheffield’ with a ‘Grow it – Cook it’ session as part of the ‘Sheffield Food Festival’ where we hope to show many local people how to plant stuff now that will be ready for their Christmas dinner.

Why not come down?  Should be fun and entertaining, and its not like there’s any tennis to watch…

But I’m still just too full of information to really relate any of it to you, Dear Reader.

Recently, there’s just been soooo much happening, all at the same time, that I literally don’t have the time to just sit down and digest it all.  Real ‘Flying By The Seat Of Your Pants’ stuff.

For instance, this charity registration stuff is far more complex than I’d first thought.  The Charity Commission’s website leads you to think it’ll all be easy and plain sailing.  They say it should all be done online and that we’d get the ‘Charity Number’ within fifteen days if it all goes through.

What they don’t mention very clearly is that you have to adopt one of their template constitutions.  This then leads to a whole world of fun as you have to add amendments to suit your particular proposed charity to make it correspond roughly with your pre-existing constitution.

Then, just as a ‘Party Bonus’, our advisor from V.A.S. (Voluntary Action Sheffield) informed Diane just a day or so ago that The Charity Commission have just changed their template constitution.  So we’ve had to change it again!Weeds in our salad bed.

Anyway, back to the plot.

Or rather, back to The Plots…

Yesterday morning, the weather was ‘sunshine & showers’, so we popped up a gazebo, then myself and David got down to some Zen weeding.  As you can see here before we had really started, this salad bed certainly needed it.Done!

After an hour or so on our knees, gently weeding this bed of spring onions and radishes, it looked like this.

Looking closely, you’ll notice that the radishes have been savagely pulled out.

Well, this is because they were ready to be picked!  And pick them we did, ending up with a large bowl full of different shaped and coloured radishes.  We all got some, but David was given first choice.  He had origianlly planted them, after all!

Meanwhile, ‘PXI Nick’ and New Ian helped Diane plant up the three planters on the bottom end of the mound with runner beans that had been getting very leggy in their pots.  I’ll get some ‘proper’ shots of them with their canes tomorrow and Blog them tomorrow night.

Weed City.

David and I then moved onto the bed behind the ‘Zen Area’ that also houses spring onions, radishes and carrots.

As you can see here, it certainly needed some tender loving care!

David took the end nearest the path which was marginally easier to weed because the young plants were more established and larger.  I took the opposing end -almost under the big hawthorn tree behind.

This was far more difficult, and if you look hard, you’ll just see the young spring onions’ first set of leaves.Done!

As you can see here, after an hour or so, it looked like this, and if you look closely, you will just see the spring onions.

I did notice as well that this end of the bed was very dry -because of the hawthorn over-hang, so when I’d done, I gave it all plenty of water.

Pretty soon it was lunchtime, so we moved the gazebo we’d put up over the seating area, and not a minute too soon because the rain started to fall quite heavily.

The session was meant to finish for one, and by the weather, we could tell it wasn’t really going to clear up much, so we all made a move, leaving Diane with New Ian to talk over his plans for ‘Art On The Plots’ and other very exciting ideas he hopes to bring down to us.

I came home to more work back here, but by 5.15pm, I had to go out again to the library for the monthly management meeting.French marigold.

I finally made it back here to ‘Wardian Towers’ while after 9.00pm to be met by a cat with his back legs definitely crossed!

Anyway, tomorrow is the ‘main’ Plot Day of the week, and we’re once again expecting loads of visitors and ‘Newbies’.

Now the thought of that seems to make it all seem worthwhile.

And that shot of the flower to the right here?  Well, that’s the first of our tagetes (small French Marigolds) we’ve grown from seed sat in the tomato/tomatillo bed in our greenhouse.  We’ve planted these alternately with lettuces, and within a few weeks, they’ll be both a riot of color and they’ll help keep ‘nasties’ off our precious lettuce and tomatoes/tomatillos.  The pollinating bees will love them, and they look pretty good too.

And yes.  It does need weeding!

As I said at the end of the last post, we didn’t get a Big Lot done yesterday.  Way too hot, but I’m not complaining.  Here in Britain we get so little sunshine, so any we do get should be treasured and enjoyed.  Slap on the Factor 20 and off you go.  …But slowly!

Today was much cooler with far less direct sunshine, so Ian and myself got loads (…comparatively…) done.Weeds!

Here you can see another bed down on the bottom plot before we weeded, and again, you’ll see this was no ‘Micro-Weeding’ exercise.  Big, fat baddies with long roots, but as I mentioned before, the ground was so dry, they came out with very little ‘fight’.  Very rewarding!

After we’d done this, we moved a load of soil I’d left on a nearby bed yesterday when we put the celery in (…more on this tomorrow, hopefully…), so we used that to earth up the three potato beds we have down there.Bean bed prepped up.

After a cup of tea, we moved on to plant up two more bean poles, also on that plot.

Diane ‘made the soil ready’ by getting out any remaining bindweed and ‘grot’ that’d grown since Ian and I did that major work on it a couple of months ago, then Ian and I put on about two thirds of a bag of well rotted manure then a covering of compost.

The photo above is just before we put the bean poles up in two groups of five to a teepee.Planted and watered.

And to the right are the finished poles with the beans already planted and watered in.

“Hang on,” You shout.  “The beans are already growing up the poles!!!

No, they’re not really, really quick-growing beans and neither is it a picture of beans already planted some while ago.  Honest!

These particular beans were getting very ‘leggy’ in the greenhouse, already ‘making for the sky’, and when we took them out of their trays, their roots were well matted around and around the bottom of each compartment.

When plants are like this, really needing to be planted out, we find that before you put them in the ground, if you ‘tease’ out the roots a little to ‘tell them’ that they’re free to grow they take much better and quicker.The rose bed just coming into bloom. The reason they appear to have grown up the poles is that the shoots were so long and twisty, it was a simple matter to uncoil them (…from each other!..) and re-coil them round the poles, and I swear I could hear each one sigh as I did this.  Really!

And onto the flowers.

Here you can see our well-overgrown rose bed in the centre of our top plot, and as you can see, they are just coming into bloom with the ‘just past it’ poppies in front.  Its a real shame about these poppies;  they look so beautiful, but seemingly within hours of blooming, they’re past it and falling all over the place.Sweet Williams not coming out.

And to the right here are some of our sweet williams that we put in last year, just coming into flower.

And once again, you can really see that my camera is awful with anything approaching a red colour.  In ‘real life’, these things are just so red they nearly take the back of your eyes out!Herb Robert.

To the left here are some of the many herb roberts we have scattered about the site.

Again, you’ll be unimpressed with my photography and the cheapness of my camera!

Today, quite a few of our ‘regulars’ were otherwise busy, but nonetheless we got quite a lot done -Tim and Tina potting-on, the return of ‘Old David’, David (…formerly ‘New David’…) and new volunteer Simon who were busy prepping and painting -and having great fun in the process!  Diane, well, Diane was seemingly everywhere all at the same time! Answering the barrages of questions from volunteers, answering her phone, making tea, making lunch, prepping beds, greeting visitors, chatting with fellow plot-holders, maybe a bit of digging when she got bored…

…Anyway, tomorrow, I have other, far less enjoyable stuff to do so unfortunately, I won’t be down The Plots.

Monday, well that’s another matter.  I know there are a couple of important meetings to attend, but other than that, well, I guess its more of the same.

See you then?


Wot? No photos? 02/06/11

‘Fraid not tonight, Dear Reader.

Its a long and complicated story, but the long and short of it is that Diane has my camera (…which incidentally had some great shots of Ian and myself today, but hey-ho…) because hers is full.

Normally, she’d just download of few to her computer, but because I currently have her laptop (…to sort out the e-mail problems…), she couldn’t download any so, and as I tend to empty mine as a matter of course every time I plug it into my computer, I said she could use it then give it me back tomorrow.

Now, I have a big memory card in my camera which never gets anything like full, so I guess tomorrow when I pick it up off her, it will have approximately 2,500 photos of our Plots on it.

Diane likes taking photos.  Many photos!

Still, not having photos to talk about forces me to describe in more detail than I’m used to, but if you bear with me, it shouldn’t be too painful.

So, I got the name of that beautiful flower I showed at the top of the last post:  Jacob’s Ladder, so that’s one thing out of the way.

As I mentioned last night, the temperature today really was even higher than yesterday.  All thoughts of digging or serious earth moving went straight in the bin.

Today, myself and Ian oh-so gently did some much-needed weeding down on the bottom ‘Demonstration Plot’ that has been somewhat overlooked in recent weeks, and hopefully by early next week, there’ll be none of the signs of neglect it was, until today, showing.

We weeded two beds of onions and garlic down there, and this certainly wasn’t a case of ‘micro-weeding’!

No, these were big, fat weeds, but because the ground was just so dry, they all came out ridiculously easily, making it a very pleasurable job with ‘instant gratification’ as we had to repeatedly empty the two buckets we were using to put them in.

I’d really like to say we raced through that and went on to other stuff, but, well, today was one of those ‘Cat Days*See Note of summer when you have to do everything slowly or risk heat exhaustion.

David was on-site doing his favourite job: painting.  This time, it was a metal stand we use in the greenhouse for storing young seedlings on and it now has a shiny coat of ‘Hammerite’ and looks excellent.

Tim was also on, so he carried on with his potting-on, this time, amongst other things, a load of young lettuces that Les had very kindly brought up.  Still, he did take a large handful of freshly-cut chives and a tray of young celery back down with him, so I guess it all evens out.

Once again today, we had loads of visitors, but thankfully fewer than yesterday, so Diane, in between phone calls, was fielding them and their many questions and requests.

We broke for lunch, and Ian suggested we pick some fresh salad to go with our sandwiches, so the leaves planted in the ‘Zen Area’ had a ‘short back and sides’ and there were four or so radishes that were ready behind that same area.  Gary’s mum had very kindly baked some mincemeat ‘tarts’ which went very well with the salad stuff, then to finish off she’d baked us a gorgeous fruit tart that we all enjoyed with fresh cream.

Again, I’ve got photos of it all, but, well, you get my drift…

Obviously, after lunch with stomachs full to bursting and what with the heat and all…

Anyway, the long and short of it is that today we didn’t do as much as we’d hoped, but given the extenuating circumstances, not altogether surprising.

Tomorrow looks like being another Scorchio! day too, so we’d better ‘trim down’ the work we have planned.

So, more tomorrow, hopefully with photos!


* Note: A bit like ‘Dog Days’, but as we all know, cats are even lazier than dogs…

I was right! 01/06/11

Yup, it was more of the same, but as the temperature was even higher today, everything was even slower and more gentle.Haven't a clue what this is!

More work was needed on Diane’s laptop this morning, so I didn’t arrive while after 1.00pm, but as Diane and some volunteers had been over to a nearby ‘TARA’ house (TARA = ‘Tenants And Residents Association) to start work on it’s garden, we all arrived at pretty much the same time.

Obviously, the kettle was put straight on, and while waiting for it to boil and the tea to mash I had my customary ‘wander’ around to see what was happening.

In my travels I came across the beauty you can see to the right here, and tomorrow I must ask Diane what this is.  She’ll know -her knowledge of everything plant-like is incredible, and if I’m honest, puts everyone else to shame!

On previous Wednesdays its been a little quiet just recently, but today we had loads of casual visitors, returning volunteers who haven’t been down for a bit (…bit of a shock for them, what with all the changes and all…) and regular volunteers.  Its a good job Ian and I have put so much work on the various seating areas and expanded them so much because today, they were certainly well used!The girls getting stuck into some colouring-in.

Because its half-term, Sara brought her girls down and after an hour or so’s run around, the pair of them settled down to some colouring-in in our ‘main’ seating area after everyone else had gone off to their work all around the site.

Meanwhile, David and Tim carried on with the potting-on of loads of brassicas and lettuces.  Seemingly millions of them!

My main attentions lay with some beds of onions and shallots on the Therapy Plot, and after a couple of hours on my knees doing the now-familiar ‘micro-weeding’ and a quick water, they were looking pretty good.  I paid particular attention to the outer edges of each bed and carefully removed any weeds from the woodchip paths as well.  Several young dandelions were identified and these were carefully eased out using a hand fork to make sure I got the whole of the long tap roots out.  I’ve found that if you break one of these roots while taking it out, sure enough seemingly hours later, you get another dandelion in its place.Giving some shallots a little water.

By now it was late afternoon and safe to water so Ian and I watered more shallots and onions on the top plot.

Ian remarked that these are doing so well that it’ll be almost a shame when they’re ready to be dug up.  Almost like art!

Whilst I was up on the top plot, slowly moving from water bin to beds, I couldn’t help but notice these roses that are just starting to flower up in the so-far untamed rose bed.Roses now in flower.

Watering cans down, hands dried, camera out, CLICK!

Further up that plot by the wooden paling fence on the ends of the beds are sweet williams that are likewise just starting to come into flower.

I think they’ll be much more fully out by the weekend, so I’ll get some shots of them then. I think I may well be disappointed, though.  For some reason, my camera just can’t get the hang of just how red some of them are, so any photos just come out as a saturated ‘blob’ of red.Roses are red...

This rose to the right here is right on the edge of the camera’s range, red-wise, so I may have to do a little judicious ‘PhotoShopping’ to try and get the balances and hues right.

Watch this space for details.

So, I’m afraid its nearly ‘pumpkin time’ for me and I have an early start in the morning so I’d better leave it there for now.

More photos, more planting, more watering, more weeding, …more fun!

‘Til then…

Weeding and sowing. 31/05/11

Tuesday is not normally a Plot Day, but as Diane and I spent virtually the whole day sorting out her e-mail back here at Wardian Towers on Monday, I felt I really needed to get out in the open air.Salad and weeds.

I arrived for about noon and set to work on that bed I mentioned at the end of the last post.  The salad bed behind the ‘Zen Area’.

If you click on the photo to the right here you can just make out the very fine spring onions’ first shoots amid the weeds.

This would not do!Done!

Over a period of more than an hour I very patiently removed all these weeds, and the results after watering looked like this:-

Just a little improvement, eh?

Flushed with my success, I then went on to weed the other side of this bed.Other half weeded.

I found the best technique for doing this was to very lightly ‘stir’ the bone dry soil with my fingers.  This uprooted the many small ‘weedlets’ with their long roots so I could easily pick them out with my fingers.  Laborious and time-consuming, but very worthwhile.

In this shot you can see it after weeding and I’d laid out two markers to enable me to plant two types of spring onion -a ‘classic’ variety and a milder red variety at either end.  In the middle I put mixed radishes.

In the previous planting, Ian and I had made short rows from front to back, but this time, I planted two rows of each ‘cross-ways’ from left to right.  You’ll be able to see them in just a few days.

So, another ‘gentle’ but much needed day -both for me and for The Plots.

In just a few minutes I’ll be back over there, and in all likelihood it’ll be more of the same -weeding and sowing.

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