January 2013–Year 6

Decided to post some news of what has been happened in the plot so far….

During January…..

The general view of the plot still flourishing…. winter bloom….

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Broad Beans at bed 2….

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Lettuce at the edge of bed 2…

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Purple sproutings were growing strong….

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Winter Spring cabbage……. Spring Hero

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Rhubarb showed new growth in January….

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Coming up to Year 4th

February 8th 2011… my 4th year allotmenting…..

Some photos that I have taken during this time of year to mark my beginning 4th year… all around the plot…

Greens

The cabbage greens are still growing strong and so does lettuce….

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Google on the subject “ranting about allotment rent increase”

Read an article from one of my blogger about the rent increase on allotment, and when Google it, there are a lot of unsatisfied customers, in fact count on me and I am one of them, what on earth of excuses to increase the rent like mad….

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First of Winter Touch – Year 3

We have the coldest December 2010 in record for a century, it started at the end of November, gradually getting colder and colder by Christmas…. had a few nights down to –10 Celsius…..

It is just the beginning of the winter month, we have January, February and March to follow…..

Seeing a lot of snow recently and caught a lot of snow scene photos and here are some of my pick for the blog post….

Snow view…

Snow day without snowman is not snow day…. made by Franc, Chris and G….

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Snow fakes fall onto my fig tree… see all the snow figs….

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Snow web…. as WordPress.com add snow across the web pages during Christmas period, here is another snow web I have picked….

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The Hawthorn covered with berries this year, the snow dusts give it an icing on cake look….

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Caught a lone Heron in mid of December after a thaw of the first snow hit… looks like it need to fuel up before the next snow fall…..

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Plot view…

Popped down to the plot during December…. Leeks has recovered from whatever attacked during the warm period and started to look like Leeks…. Board Beans sown in late October has survived the first snow hit (beginning of December), but the second big snow hit during Christmas period has actually look worse from the photo, lots has blacken and down….. Strawberries plants look OK so far even after the biggest freeze….

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Planted in some winter red onions on the 8th January 2011 while the weather has soften a bit and the ground permitted. Couple days afterward when I went back to check them, all of them are being picked out by whatever (probably by pigeons), I have to replant them and erect all sorts of wire cages and flying planes to deter another attacks… I have to laugh it off…

While I was there at the plot, harvested my last lot of Parsnips, they look alright when I dig them out…. the saying of the Parsnips went through freezing weather will tasted sweeter…. I absolutely agreed as when I cooked them later the day, they are heavenly sweet….

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The second Trench particularly wonderful as I have use it to compost most of the veggie stuffs… still waiting patiently for my JCB to make my Leaf mould compost cage… those sacks of leaves by the trench are waiting too….

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My winter Lettuce are still growing fine under my mini poly tunnel… this tiny investment has shown some interest…

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Spring Hero Cabbage

What a wonderful view to see them all standing upright and shown some growth too during this severe weather… just well suit its given name…. more images follow with my YouTube link…

Spring Hero Cabbage

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September Bliss – year 3

September 2010

There are always jobs when there is a plot ….. I mean allotment plot….

Trench

Bed number 10 has been dug out a trench by my loving JCB for composting…. well prepare for my three sisters planting in the coming new year……

Potato

This is the month to finish digging out all the main crop potatoes…. I have store them in sacks in the garage… not too bad this year and expected the stock will last till next Spring…

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Pumpkins & Spaghetti Squashes

The Spaghetti Squashes and Pumpkins are looking good… lots of pumpkin flowers and those tuned into pumpkins are pumping up even though mines are mini pumpkins origin…. Suddenly the Spaghetti Squashes plants are growing up and up and I have a few mounts of them in my beds…..

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Wild Patch

My wild flower patch has its height of showing off the full colour…. notice some lodgers are happy at my provided lodging place…. (frogs in my pond)

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Home sown & Home grown

I have sown some more Pak Choy, Spring Cabbages and winter onions & shallots at home and they are now ready to plant out at my plot….

My must Chilli plants again produce lots of Chilli and this is the time for them turn into reddish colour…

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View at the plot

At the end of this month, I have planted out Bed number 9 with winter onions, shallots, Pak Choy, Spring cabbages and Mooli radish….

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Another great beauty at my plot are the Raspberry plants, the autumn fruiting one are keep on producing juicy berries… made lots of jams and coulis….

The new trial… Globe Artichoke is taking on fine and looking for my next year’s crop… Fennel plants are successful growing at my plot this year although I have planted them late and expected a none result…

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May 2010 – Year 3

The working out at the extended plot is in the heights…. planting, watering and weeding…. as a saying “Nothing sow nothing gain”…. so here I am ready for the ball rolling…..

We still have not much rain during this month….. so watering is essential… elbow grease is needed….

Here is photo of collage view of my plot in May….

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Beginning of May

Lots of seedlings are ready to plant out at the plot, some has been germinated well at the plot, such as beetroots, turnips, Spring Onions….

A short clips of what is happening………

Into the Mid of May…

At last the bed 11th has been dug over and ready to plants out young plants….. a lot of ad hoc works around the plot…… just keep life more entertaining…

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Coming to the End of May….

We have been busy around the plot just the busy bees, planting in tomatoes, corns, beans, Comfrey, Spinach, Lettuce…..  Weedlings has a big bloom too….. where is the supposed moist May…. we are having fun carrying water here and there…..

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Obviously the joy is having the goodies after all the hard work, we have start the bumper harvest now and watch this space and more to the storeroom….

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Week 42 – Year 2 (Rain, Wind, Damp, Wet)

23rd November – 29th November 2009

The sky still laden with rain clouds, heavy down pours on and off…. sad to hear that lives lost  in this bad weather….

A cold spell snap in at the end of the week….. catch a dry spell and popped down to the plot to check any damage…. it looks OK …

Parsnip

Dug out some parsnips and found some of them has fork out, but still can be edible for put into stews… one of them has the longest root so far I have seen in my plot…

Parsnip

Cabbages

All the rest of cabbages seems growing fine, the summer variety Primo (7 of them) will soon be picked as they cannot stand in the cold weather…. feast of cabbages soon on the menu..

cabbage

Lettuce

All these Lettuce will be out soon as they too cannot stand the cold here even they are winter variety unless they are covered up with fleece or poly tunnel… so stir fried Lettuce on the menu too….

lettuce

Bed no. 8

This bed is fantastic, all signs of decent growth of vegetable…. Onions, Peas, Board Beans….

Bed 8

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Week 38 – Year 2 (Spaghetti Squashes Gift)

26th October – 1st November 2009

The Halloween has came and gone this year, only have one “trick or treat” knock at the door, in fact these few years has been less and less “trick or treat” at our area, probably the children were now grown up …. they prefer indoor party and have their “trick or treat” among their friends….

Spaghetti Squashes – Gift

Since I have harvested all the Spaghetti Squashes and cannot consume all, the best way is to share with friends who like them and here they go as my gift to Ho’s family…. the pretty bows lift up the appearance…

Spaghetti Squashes gift

Feltham First Peas

Sow some peas that grow through winter months, bought this peas from Henleaze Garden centre…. mix the pea with some grits then sow in 2 rows, this is a trick I learnt from others that if there are mice the grits can help save the peas… hahaha …. (the rest of the peas seed I gave to Shirley to try on)…. then I erect the usual pea support and cover with some Tansy leaves for deter pests (suppose this may work)….

Feltham First peas

Garlic

While I was at the garden centre, bought another pack of garlic and here they are sow at the front bed, since we all love garlic in cooking and that is really eat lot not waste….

Garlic bed 1

Lettuce

My winter Lettuce seems growing fast in this change of season… the 3 lines of Spring Onion which I sow in between has also shoot up too, together with all these weeds…. the saying “good and bad are companion in all” is real true….

Winter Lettuce

Spring Hero

I have not prepare well for this planting, but I have to try on so I put all 10 young plants at bed 3, protect by the half cut plastic bottles and hope to get around to do something about them in later days….

Spring Hero

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