Garden Diary 2007

Sunday October 28th, 2007

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From my allotment in October I harvested a few Baby Corn, Chard, Little Gem and Courgette. Thats about it now unless the Brussel Sprouts and Leeks survive 🙂  

 Tuesday September 18th, 2007

Well we got back from holiday and looks like we didnt have any rain! The compost in each of the Tomato plant were well dry! On the plus side, there were lots of ripe toms to pick 🙂 I picked them all before beginning to re-hydrate the compost, dont want any skins splitting if I do it too fast!

Saturday september 8th, 2007

Oh, dear! I’ve really not be keeping up with this diary, am I? Truth be told there isnt a lot happening at the Allotment now, I’ve had almost everything that we planted this year. I may get a few more courgette soon and I’m still hopefully the mini-corn will produce fruit soon. the Leeks and Sprouts are for much later so we’ll see what happens with those.

In the garden at home I’m still harvesting a regular supply of tomatoes of each of the varieties that I planted. I’m praying for rain while we are on holiday to keep them going.

Tuesday July 31st, 2007

The last day of July already! What happenend??

Had a couple of hours at the allotment this evening, mostly tidying up and pottering around. I’ve taken out the remaining salad bowl mixed Lettuce, they were starting to bolt and I’d not pick any for a while as they were becoming bitter. I’ve taken a chance and thrown a row of Webbs Wonderful Lettuce seeds in their place, says on the packet sow until July, so technically I’m there 🙂

I also took out the remaining Land Cress, this was going to seed anyway. Next year I will do it again but a much smaller patch, its very powerful, a little goes a long way.

Over where the Potatos were, I’ve taken a chance on a row of Swede seeds, again sow until July so fingers crossed.

In other news, the compost bin is breeding super sized slugs 😦 I must find out what I should do about that! Thats all for now, I’m off to Google “Compost Bin Slug Fest!”

Thursday July 26th, 2007

as on Monday, I got a couple of hours off for good behaviour and was able to visit the Lottie. Picked more salad leaves and some of the all the year round lettuces, they have recovered somewhat after the heavy rains and are starting to heart up nicely. I dug up the final row of early potatoes, about 12-15 kilos, hope they store well. Also picked the first of my dwarf beans and a couple of baby turnips.

Monday July 23rd, 2007

Managed to steal an hour away from our efforts to re-model the front garden to pay a flying visit to the allotment. Picked some salad leaves and did a little tidying up. We are still having a lot of heavy rains and not everything is loving it! Picked the first cabbage too 🙂

Monday July 16th, 2007

Cucumber update 🙂

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Lily.

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Chantennay Carrot.

Chantennay Carrot

Tuesday July 10th, 2007

Had another go at getting that Shed collected, successfully this time. Pretty easy really, so its now in a pile on the ground at the allotment, awaiting erection 🙂

Sunday July 8th, 2007

Spent the morning at the allotment, dug a load of Potatoes and weeded the Pea bed. Picked some Peas and theres loads of pods coming on, so thats a good result. Got chatting with my young neighbour, we spoken before but not at any length. I’ve discovered that he is called Neil and he is 19. In his own words the allotment is “to keep him off the streets” I also helped him with his tomato plants, he wasnt aware of the need to remove the side-shoots and excess leaves.

Around midday, the heavans opened again and I took shelter under a large brolly! Luckily this was only 10 minutes of heavy rain rather the constant downpour we have been getting lately.

Back home in the garden I had lots of jobs lined up by Paul 🙂 Re-potting this-and-that and putting the new Hydrangaes into their new pots.

All this was’nt really planned because I was supposed to be moving a shed that I’ve had donated. When we got there we found that it was too large to go in the van that my Brother had from work. We are going to try again on Tuesday night when he has another van with less tools and bits of plant in it.

Tuesday July 3rd, 2007

OMG, at the allotment, I moved the compost bin from one corner to the other, not a job I would recommend (phew!)

anyway, here are some photos I promised

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Cucumbers!

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Moneymaker tomato.

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Cherry Plum tomato.

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Red Alert tomato.

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Golden Gem tomato.

Monday July 2nd, 2007

Took some photos of the tomato progress and also some tiny little cucumbers 🙂 I’ll post the pictures tomorrow.

Sunday July 1st, 2007

Had to content myself with pottering around the garden for an hour tonight, I was working until 6, so no time to go to the Lottie. I’ve got all sorts of Tomatoes growing and some are already golf ball sized!

Saturday June 30th, 2007

Shame on me! I hadnt been to the allotment since Tuesday and only dropped by today to grab some salad stuff to get us through the weekend. I did take a few photos (as usual) to post later, the flowers on the main crop potatoes are stunning but so delicate, I doubt they’ll last more than a few days. I’m working Sunday so I wnt get back up here until next week.

Tuesday June 26th, 2007

I popped up to the allotment to check for damage after the heavy rains and floods that have left parts of Sheffield devastated. Not too much to worry about, though everything is pretty soggy.

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Its not easy to see from the photo but the Potatoes have mostly all been knocked over by the rain, hopefully they should survive. I picked a few of them where I could see they were starting to poke out the soil and then patched up the furrows.

Saturday June 23rd, 2007

Due to the weather I hadnt been up to the allotment since Tuesday. Today, me and Paul dropped by for half an hour to check on things and pick some produce for the weekend.

We had a bag of first early Potatoes.

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Lots of Radish.

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A few Little Gem.

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Also lots of salad leaves from the Cut and Come patch and tons of Land Cress. The Land Cress has been the surprise hit of the year, it keeps coming and we love it, its hotter and tastier than water cress and obviously easier to grow, not needing acres of fresh running water!

Tuesday June 19th, 2007

Paul came with me to the Allotment tonight. We did a bit of pottering around, he did a lot of much needed weeding!

I started clearing more of the Hawthorne behind the water butt. I wanted to move the compost into this corner to make way for the greenhouse. After cutting back the hawthorne branches (and sustaining some pretty bad cuts and scratches) I started leveling the ground. This was when the most unexpected thing happened, the spade hit a lump of concrete. Well, perhaps not that unexpected! However, more digging revealed it was actually a paving slab. I cleared the soil from and then found it had a neighbour, and another and another 🙂

So I now have a small path at the back of the garden, right where I wanted the water butt and compost bin. The water will be ok but I’d rather the compost was on the earth, I may be able to just squeeze it right into the corner. As ever, I’ll let you know how I get on……

Monday June 18th, 2007

I went to the allotment tonight, picked loads more salad, the “All The Year Round Lettuce” has been proper bashed by the recent heavy rain. I’ve picked lots of Radishes and salad leaves for us and I’m taking some Little Gems and mixed leaves for Trace at work,

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This is a pic of some Peas that an allotment neighbour planted outside his plot. How nice is that? I picked a pod and can confirm that they are sweet, tender and lovely 🙂

Sunday June 17th, 2007

Spent several hours today at a free-cyclers house dismantling a greenhouse. I was very lucky to be helped by my ‘lil brother Billy in this endeavour. The dismantled glasshouse is now at the allotment awaiting erection 🙂

Wednesday June 13th, 2007

It rained all Afternoon, Evening and Night, very pleased we picked lots of salad yesterday, so didnt need to go to the Allotment 🙂

Tuesday June 12th, 2007

Went to the Allotment tonight, just to check on things, after last nights rain I didnt need to do any watering 🙂

Paul came with me and we picked another carrier bag full of mixed Lettuces and Spinach. Loveeerllley!

Oh, and the seeds I planted on Thursday (only 4 days ago) are almost poking throught he soil already! With the exception of the Chantennay carrots and the Parsnips that is, so the Spinach Matador, “All the year round” Lettuce, Primo Cabbage, Brussell Sprout and Cauliflower are up! In 4 days! I’m so excited 🙂

Monday June 11th, 2007

Its been a lovely warm day today so I made sure to go up and give everything a good watering*. I brought back half a carrier bag full of Spinach, had to pick it otherwise its just going to run to seed, some Land Cress, Lettuces. I also picked a couple of Little Gems, these are getting to a nice nice size and I was surprised how heavy they are!

I took a Little Gem over for Judy across the road, we had been talking about the garden earlier so I thought she’d enjoy seeing the fruits of my labours 🙂 Whilst there, she said she was throwing out her garden hose and reel, due to the reel being broken and didnt wind back up without a struggle. Thinking of my young allotment neighbour, I explained about him and I asked if I could take it. Judy was happy for it to go to someone that may get some use out of it, I’ll take it up for him tomorrow. Now he wont be hanging around all the time, waiting for me to fill his butt 😉

*Obviously not knowing that later it was going to rain all night anyway!

Sunday June 10th, 2007

Went up to the Allotment around 11 and didnt come back until gone 4!

Got loads done though, built 2 new beds to accomodate loads of lovely stuff that my Brother-in-law gave me yesterday. Here in “The Cage” are Red Cabbage, Sprouts and Brocolli.

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Here we have a bed with Leeks, Red Onion, Celery and Lettuce.

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He also gave me some Swiss and Ruby Chard and a few Buttercrunch Lettuce that I’ve found space for in the existing beds.

Dont look at my hair! What a mess, but this shows where the 2 beds are, “The Cage” is the half started patch bordered by loose planks, middle far left and the other stuff is in front of the bean poles, roughly between them and the top of my head!

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We brought home lots of Spinach and a couple of Lettuces. The Lettuces I’m taking as “thinnings” are getting pretty big now, think we need to eat more of the stuff or we’ll be giving it away to everyone!

In other news, the young lad on the plot next door was also there all day. We chatted a bit and he asked a few questions about the stuff he was planting. I admitted that I was pretty new to it all too, but we agreed that we were both doing a good job of learning as we go. I also let him have a few of the left over Lettuces, Leeks and Celery that I’d got from our Shaun.

Thursday June 7th, 2007

Finished off the 2 new beds, added 150 lires of J Arthur Bowers compost between the 2.

Planted up a big patch of Spinach Matador, “All the year round” Lettuce and Chantennay carrots in one.

In the other is a Primo Cabbage, Brussell Sprout, Cauliflower arrangement with a border of Parsnips all around the edges.

In other news, I noticed my new neighbour, the one building an odd shed thing that I’ve since learned is to be a Chicken house, is having trouble with his butt. I’m such a nice guy, as soon as I noticed this, I was quick to poke my hose through and I’m pleased to say that the boy next doors butt is now full!

Wednesday June 6th, 2007

Did the usual watering etc and sank the frame for two beds that I hadnt got around to before, then dug them over, will add some compost tomorrow too.

Also, got chased by bees that didnt like me much!

Tuesday June 5th, 2007

Watering and stuff, thinned out some more of the Lettuces and brought the thinnings home.

Monday June 4th, 2007

The buried treasure revealed, I dug up one of the buckets yesterday.

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I planted these on March 10th this year, and as experiments go, I’m pretty pleased with it.

If I do it again next year I’ll put one or maybe two seed potatos in each, I think it was a bit cramped with three. As you can see, there are quite a few tiny ones that would have probably grown better with more space. Though now I have the allotment I may just stick to doing them up there.

I’ll leave the other bucket a couple more weeks.

Thursday May 31st, 2007

Me, as seen through my string contraption for beans to climb, with lettuce and (tiny) carrot tops in the foreground.

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Tuesday May 29th, 2007

Went up to allotment for “an hour” ended up being nearly 3!

Thinned some of the lettuces, the All The Year Round thinnings were very fragile, I brought them home to have in a salad. The Little Gems are larger so; I’ve tried transplanting them to a spare patch, hopefully they wont mind the move!

I built some more supports for the beans, the netting I had for this was too fine so I gave up and have built “something” out of canes and string 🙂

I tackled clearing some more of the Hawthorn and Elderbushes at the bottom of the Allotment. Still a long way to go with this. I am hoping that when more is cleared it will help with the damp at the bottom of the plot.

Eventually, I got a phone call to come home as it was late and then a telling off when I got there 🙄

Thursday May 24th, 2007

Had the day off work in lieu of this Saturday. We went out and bought loads of plants for the garden, some Acers, an Olive tree, too much to remember all of them really. oh, a Grape Vine too, Paul has wanted one for a while now, unfortunately noy one of the 4 foot high tree trunks for a £100, its a little twig with 4 leaves, but we have high hope for the future! I also picked up a couple of tomato plants, Red Alert and Golden Gem.

Wednesday May 23rd, 2007

Just popped up in the evening to water and weed.

Monday May 21st, 2007

Spent an hour weeding then watering. Also sowed another line of Tendergreen bean in front of the ones that sre now all 4 inches high. Sowed some Turnip (purple top milan?) and Sparkler 3 Radish seeds.

Thursday May 17th, 2007

No updates lately, sorry! Just been popping up in the evening to water and keep things ticking over.

Tuesday May 8th, 2007

Went to the garden after work and did a little weeding, watering and tidying up. Noticed that some of the Tendergreen beans I sowed on 26th April are already poking throught he soil. Also, earthed up the early Potatoes.

Monday May 7th, 2007

Popped up in the morning, filled the water butt and gave everything a good soaking, just in time for it to start raining!

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Wednesday May 2nd, 2007

Been building decking all week so no time to allotment, finally got up here tonight, did some weeding and watering. Potatoes are showing through and some of the peas are too. Lettuce etc really getting going too. Put in some Courgette and Cucumber seedlings from home, hope the cuc’s can stand it, they are supposed to be outdoor ones I think.

Thursday April 26th, 2007

I sowed some more stuff at the allotment today. A row of “Tendergreen” Dwarf Beans, “All the year round” Lettuce, Chantennay carrots, Spinach Beet and some Salad Bowl cut and come again Lettuces.

Did some pruning of the bushes at the back and tidied up generally.

Some of the Little Gem and Beetroot are showing through along with 1 pea that I sowed 9 days ago which I think is pretty good going 🙂

Sunday April 22nd, 2007

Got up to Allotment and put together some of the beds, pretty hard going and rain almost stopped play but good to have them in place, need to pick up more compost to fill them up now.

Saturday April 21st, 2007

My brother “found” 4 scaffold planks and dropped them off at Trevs house, we used the curcular saw to make enough lengths for 8 raised beds on the Allotment. Took them up there and will go up tomorrow to construct the beds.

I sowed some Cauliflower and Cucumber seeds indoors in seed trays. Also put some Courgettes on damp tissue to start them off.

Here are some pictures from earlier, I’ll try to get some updated ones this week.


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Wednesday April 18th, 2007

Went up to the Lottie after work. Took Trev* up along with me, he wanted to look around and I’d offered him a bed of his own if he wants it. He liked it and said he wants to take up the offer. While we were there, he made himself busy digging over one of my beds. He did a brilliant job too and after raking out the weeds he raked in a load of soil conditioner compost (Aldi – 40litres -£1.79). It actually looks the best out of all the beds so far, I might have to put him on staff!! Sadly, the garden fork didnt survive! I’d already bent 1 prong last week and now 2 have bent, maybe I can straighten it but its unlikely. This was the fork that my Sister gave me, I have another one that I bought so I’m not stuck without one.

I sowed 2 rows of Little gems, a row of Beetroot and a patch of American Land Cress. Did some tidying and watering before coming home.

Last night I didnt see a soul up there, tonight it was right busy! People working on 4 other plots on my row, though I think one couple seem to have 2 plots betwen them, greedy buggers! We had a bit of a laugh when one guys asked what the bushes were that I had planted. He meant the twigs I’ve placed on top of the peas and beans to keep the birds off 🙂

At home I sowed some Red cabbage, White cabbage and some Brussel Sprouts into seed trays, hopefully it wont be too late to get them into the ground once the reach a nice seedling size. Also started of a pot of Thyme to replace the worn out plant I had been hanging onto since last year.

*Pauls Stepdad.

Tuesday April 17th, 2007

Went up to the Allotment after work, stayed until about 20:30 when the light went, isnt nice when the nights get lighter?

I know the soil isnt prepared perfectly but I had to plant something, otherwise I wouldnt get anything this year! I planted all of the Potatoes I had chitted. I think, 15 earlies and a few Main crop that I had saved from a supermarkey bag, hopefully they will do ok.

I also sowed 3 rows of Peas and a row of Beans. I pruned some of the thorny bushes from the back of the plot and layed these over the Pea and Bean rows as protection form Birds, Cats, Foxes etc, thanks to Carol Klein for that tip 🙂

Sunday April 15th, 2007

Took the compost bin up to the allotment and spread some (bought) compost on the 2 beds I’ve dug so far. At home, I potted on 4 Tomatoes into large pots that they will now stay in. Moved them into the greenhouse to harden off and I’ll put them outside next week.

I planted 6 palm tree seeds that I brought back from Lanzarote, I soaked them in water for a day before hand. I’ll be interested to see what happens with these, rather than buying them, I harvested them from a tree near our hotel!

I started off a couple more Cucumber seeds the other day. I put them on damp tissue in the airing cupboard and after 2 days they sprouted and I put them into jiffy pots. Still trying to get some tumbling toms to germinate, I’m begining to think they just dont like me!

I’m going to sow some Chilli seeds tomorrow, Kevin gave me the chillis as he was throwing them out, they’d gone soft. I removed the seeds to sow and promised I’ll give him a plant or 2 if they germinate.

Saturday April 14th, 2007

in the afternoon, I went up and dug over another bed, much easier work as it had dried out some. Also the soil in this bed didnt seem as heavily clay. Met a couple from the next row, had a nice chat about some of the goings-on on the site.

Wednesday April 11th, 2007

Watering the Tomatoes and the Pea this morning, I was thrilled to spot a pea pod! This spurred me on to get cracking on the allotment now we are back from holiday. After work, I went up and carved out some beds and made a start digging over one bed. The soil was very damp and quite hard work. Hopefully the other 2 beds I’ve uncovered will have a chance to dry out a bit before I dig them over this weekend.

Monday April 9th, 2007

We got back from holiday and most everything survived. The Toms are doing well, I gave them a feed and I need to sow some more to crop after these. I put some more herb seeds in and tidied things up in the greenhouse. The potatoes in the 2 buckets are about 10inch tall and I’ve added more compost to earth them up a bit more. Salads doing well, and I sowed some more to provide later crops. Only one of the cucumber plants germinated, I’ve put it out into the green house and hopefully we get something from it. I sowed some more radish and beetroot too.

Thursday March 22nd, 2007

The snow passed over without too much falling, it was bloomin cold though! I kept everything in the garden covered and it all looks to have survived.

Inside, the tomato plants are doing well, the cherry plums are 6″ and the moneymaker about 10″ so far. We’re off on 2 weeks holiday on Sunday, so I’m a bit worried about them surviving. I’ve been starting to harden them off over the last few days, taking the bottle cloches off, and I’m hoping that putting them in the greenhouse will be ok and not too early for them. The moisture tends to be higher in there, thing dont need watering every day like they do on the bedroom windowsill.

Fingers crossed 🙂

Saturday March 17th, 2007

I’ve just seen that snow is on its way, better keep everything warm next week 🙂

Went up to the Allotments today to show Paul the one we are having, just waiting for the tenancy agreement to arrive.

In the garden, moved a few thing from the windowsill upstairs out into the greenhouse, potted on some salad bowl lettuce, sowed a few more herb seeds. One pot of Coriander in the greenhouse is really shooting up. Some of those flower bulbs I planted a couple of weeks ago are coming through, just need to keep them covered if we do get snow.

I havent mentioned before that we sent away for 2 Blackcurrant plants from last years Ribena offer. They arrived in December and I wasnt impressed, they were just a thick twig with 2 buds on them! However, I followed the instructions and planted them out in pots when they arrived. This week they have really started showing sounds of life. The buds are swelling and one is splitting into recognisable leaves. I’m well impressed now 🙂

Saturday March 10th, 2007

Had a chance to potter around a bit this afternoon after working in the morning. Moved some stuff around, tidied up a bit, put some growmore into the pots of the perenial stuff.

Drilled out holes in 2 buckets and planted 3 Arran Pilot tubers in each. Keeping these in the greenhouse for now, it still a bit cool outside. I’ll see how these do and maybe put the leftovers in other pots in a week or 2.

Friday March 9th, 2007

Everything survived us being away for a few days, Hurrah! Indoors, everything is arranged on various trays that can be filled with water to keep them going. Also, I’d made some cloches from 2l pop bottles and put those over the tomatoes, that helped keep the moisture in. All I’ve sown is pretty much up and coming along nicely, so I’ll not go through everything, but I’ll mention that one of the Peas is now 5 inches tall and looking fab!

Saturday March 3rd, 2007

Things are going along well, not much to report really, been working all week so not much time to potter! At least its starting to get lighter in the evenings, I’ll be able to see things when I get home from work! This morning, before coming to work I potted-on 2 Moneymaker Toms, theyre a couple of inches high and I think theyll do well with more room. Its been a lovely sunny day today, wish I wasnt at work!

Saturday February 24th, 2007

So much stuff is sprouting this morning, not sure I can keep up, Money maker tomatoes, Land Cress, one of the Peas I sowed and the rest of the Lettuces. I made up some more paper pots and sowed 4 beetroot and 2 Spinach beet. In jiffy peat pots I sowed 3 Tumbling Toms, 3 Peppers and 4 Salad bowl lettuce. I potted on the 2 Cherry Plum Tomatoes into 4″ pots.

Outside the Radish are all up and around 1-1.5 inch hig, so I sowed another 8 Sparkler 3. I also sowed flat leaf Parsley in a 5inch pot. I’ve re-organised the greenhouse and fitted all 4 shelves as I wanted to get more stuff in there. I’ve got some of the pots I put bulbs in last weekend in there now and I’ve got a spare shelf for my Potato buckets, might start 2 of them next week, subject to chitting.

I scrubbed out the 30 cell windowsill propagator and filled it with compost, I’ll keep it inside for the compost to warm up before I sow some flower seed in a week or so.

Thursday February 22nd, 2007

Its all happening this week, I checked this morning and found that 1 Little Gem and 1 Salad Bowl were emerging. Its all exciting stuff, whats gonna be next?

Wednesday February 21st, 2007

Woke to find that the 3 Radish sown indoors on Sunday are already up and about 1.5cm tall. They werent like that when I checked last night! Amazing. The ones in the Greenhouse have taken about 17 days to get to the same point, of course that snow didnt help, but it really shows what a difference the temperature actually makes.

I noticed a couple of Moneymaker are also just showing through, they should be proud lil’ seedlings by the weekend. 🙂

Sunday February 18th, 2007

Did loads of garden pottering. Thought it might be an ok idea to mix new compost with the old stuff in last years pots. I’m sieving out all the roots and stuff and mixing in blood fiish & bone and some growmore granules.

Its been ok, I put in

6 Lilies, 5 Chinese lantern, 25 Freesia, and 5 Dhalia all in combinations in pots, should be good.

The Radish in the greenhouse are doing ok, about half of them have broken through the soil finally.

Saturday February 17th, 2007

Following the instructions here I’ve made loads of paper pots to sow the following seeds.

2 x Pea, 1 x Cucumber, 3 x Land Cress, 1 x Courgette, 3 x Radish, 2 x Lettuce mix, 2 x Little Gem.

These paper pots are so cool, you can write contents directly onto them, they’re bio-degradable and free 🙂 I’ve made them from a single page of tabloid newspaper, so they are half the size of those in the instructions. Each one has its own cloche, actually a clear plastic drinking cup saved from the water machine at work. I must take some photos to put here.

Paper Pots Originally uploaded by Andy2Boyz.

I also potted up 3 x 5 inch pots with Coriander, Basil and Chives.

In the pot on the kitchen windowsill, I sowed a few more spinach seeds. Successional baby!

Monday February 12th, 2007

Got home from work tonight and decided to investigate the Radishes! I lifted the soil slightly and I can see that several seeds have germinated, so I’m going to leave whats in there and see how many appear, I’ll do a second sowing anyway next week.

Sunday February 11th, 2007

The snow has gone and we are promised slightly warmer weather for a while.

I checked the Radish I put in last week, no sign but them germinating but that wasnt likely with the sudden frost and snow we had. I’ll check again in a couple of days, if the seeds are ok they may still come, otherwise, no big deal I’ll sow some fresh. I’ve taken off the “blanket” that I been laying over them to keep the frost off.

Inside, the spinach I sowed (rather than throw away the old seeds) have done well and are showing through nicely, some are 2 inch seedlings already.

The tomato seeds havent faired well, with exception of the Cherry Plums which have both have germinated, it was a gamble but too early it seems, I’ve sown fresh Moneymaker and Tumbling Toms, I really want to get some going early. The Cherry plums are a nice surprise being the only “home-grown” seeds.

The Cucumber seeds look like they are about to germinate, fingers crossed.

I’ve sown a couple of Pepper/Capsicum seeds, variety is Californian Wonder a nice big bell pepper, I’ve grown these before and they did well, so if I can get some started early and Ive got the green house now, they should do even better.

Did some more tidying up, sowed a few Parsley seeds in last years Parsley pot.

Nearly forgot, put the seed potato Arran Pilot out to chit, though to be fair they had made a good start of their own in the bag!

Friday February 9th, 2007

the snow is really coming down tonight, its about 2inches thick already!

Tuesday February 6th, 2007

Oh no, the gamble is looking shakey today, last night I covered up the pot with the Radish to protect it from the frost thats predicted. As low as -5 possibly! I’ve brought the spinach into the kitchen.

I’ve just seen that heavy snow is also predicted for the coming week.

Sunday February 4th, 2007

GreenHouse 001Originally uploaded by Andy2Boyz.

And here is the greenhouse in question! Surprisingly Paul was ok with it and didnt need much persuading 🙂

Saturday February 3rd, 2007

Radish – Sparkler 3, 9 sown in a pot in greenhouse, should be ready to harvest in 4-6 weeks. 2 lettuce – from a mixed salad bowl seed packet so not sure what they will be!

Sowed some new Mint seed in a pot that had Mint in for last couple of years but was getting straggly and pot bound. Mint goes rampant and had out-grown the pot but I didnt want to pot on, I’ll start some new instead.

Moved the spinach pot into greenhouse, already 4 seeds are showing through having sprouted under cloche, so being a bit warmer in green house should do even better.

Thursday February 1st, 2007

Home early from work so had time to sort out some garden stuff and put up the greenhouse I bought on Tuesday.

Sunday January 29th, 2007

2 Moneymaker Tomato, 1 Cherry Plum Tomato, 1 Tumbling Tom and 2 Cucumbers. In propagator in bedroom. Also a layer of mixed mustard and cress in Airing Cupboard initially.

Spinach, clearing out some old seeds sowed 6? Spinach seeds in a pot outside under a cloche (the plastic top sections of an old electric kitchen steamer.) Not sure if they’ll do anything, probably too cold.

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