Separation and Death – (Week 14 – Year 2)

11th May – 17th May 2009

Where do I start to write of this week…. a lot of happening and specially those of sad feeling involve…..

Separation

Monday, my neighbour finally decided to start the ball rolling; a sale sign now in front of their house. Their 47 years of marriage really come to end with their house sale finale.  A sad couples….. reference to my blog post Week 42-Year 1…. I still not believing that happen and really open my eyes…

sale sign

Rest In Peace

On Friday morning, when I popped down to the allotment to collect some spring onion, Hazel came up and told me our wonderful allotment mentor Mervin has passed away overnight at the plot, his body was discovered by Sheila this morning.

Obviously a shock to Hazel when she saw the ambulance and police at the plot, and from what I learnt later was Mervin went to his plot during the evening before, after he had locked up the shed, somehow he had a stroke or something happen and he fell down…. There was no one at the plot and no help there and he just passed away there.

We all feel very very sad and shock… he was such a friendly guy and full of planting knowledge, like our live librarian at the plot, he was very generous too as he gave out lots of his produces to others.  I did pair him up as my idol Geoff Hamilton in life.  How sad that both have the sudden call from up above to tend the garden there instead here.

We agreed that Mervin would be happy to choose the allotment to pass on as he has a true love to the allotment, a place he likes most, his ideal place to have his last touch.  I remembered that he once said that the allotment is like home to him, the place gives him a sense of peace… wish him now rest in peace and wish him get a allotment in heaven and continue to work on his favourite…

My offer to you… Mervin – dear friend…

Mervin Spring Hero……

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Week 13 – Year 2

4th May – 10th May 2009

This is supposed to be a fine bank holiday, the forecast got the thumb down this time as we have overcast plus breezy cold wind and drizzle rain… a cold feel….

Although the weather is not comfort to holiday makers, it is fine to the plants and in fact they thrive with it…

Potato looking fine…. Spring onions and Rhubarbs are double their size…. the rest of my Spring hero cabbage are ready to harvest the lot soon…

potato w13y2

spring onions

spring hero cji

Bee

Have my luck caught the bee doing the job ‘pollination’ and here it is:

bee cia

Here is my capture in the video:

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Week 12 – Year 2

27th April – 3rd May 2009

Wet wet wet this week to start with……

The beginning of a new month with promising a month of growth in agricultural products…. the rain do a lot of good to the ground for the growth…

Highlights for the week:

Bee plant… my name to it as it does attract a lot of bees and flying insects, the orchid like mini flowers are most beautiful and attractive, I transplant them from home to the allotment and it seems growing fine there.. and this is the second year there and it has a lot of new shoots coming up… looks like a promise….

My salad corner, seedling bed, beetroot, parsnips and Jerusalem artichoke plants are thriving, especially the Jerusalem Artichokes where I have left some roots from last year and they have new one shooting up, so I have the gold dust for this year again…..

bee plant salad corner seedlings w12y2 beetroot

parsnips Jerusalem Artichokes

Potato

The report on the potato growth is OK, they have been in the ground 4 weeks old now, the first early type are shooting up fine and the main crops has showing lives too, Bernard (my JCB) has been busy earthling up with 2 x 100 litres multi composts around them …..

potato view w12y2

Harvest

The most exciting thing in allotment is the harvest picking, there are a lot from my plot even as early as in the year… I have not waste all my effort and they are so yummy to taste…

Harvast w12y2 board beans' tip

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Week 11 – Year 2

20th April – 26th April 2009
Radish

Pick lots of radish for salad lunch…. just like them young and crunch and have to pick them before the slugs… a competition with the pest…. last year they won first round, this time I am looking out….

radish

Onion & Beetroot

Put in all the onions set that I bought sometime ago…. also planted in the seedlings of beetroot…

onion sets

beetroot

Cabbage: Spring Hero

the cabbage just looking good and taste yummy… the thing is I put in 39 Spring Hero cabbages and only 2 passed away in mid of the winter, I have 37 cabbage to consume, well obviously not all at the same time, even I have given out a few to friends and plotters still have a lot to munch on.. feeling very satisfactory to have this wonderful achievement… from week 33 last year late September grounded the seedling at the plot…

spring hero

Tea Leaves compost

Tea leaves composting…. which I have tried to recycle the tea leave from those used tea bags… although they can be recycled the whole inside the compost bin, I decided to get the tea leaves out and use it as a concentrated compost to put in around young plants… a booster drink for the plants growth…

tea leaves 1

tea leaves 2 tea leaves 3

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