Beginning of May–year 5

Here are the views of all my beds at the allotment at the beginning of May, some are already filled and some are preparing for the newbies….

Bed 1 – Rhubarbs are flourishing…. Gladiolus, Sweet peas has planted in….. on the side the hardy Lovage, Chives and Welsh onions are coming back to live….     

Bed 1 early May 2012

Bed 2 – prepared half of the bed to become seed bed which has been sown in Pak Choy, Iceberg Lettuces, Spring Onions, Spinach, Radish, Parsley and Parsnip….. the second half of the bed has set aside for the Mange touts peas, Iceberg Lettuce….

Bed 2 early May 2012

Bed 3 – planted in some Iceberg Lettuces in between the First Early potatoes…

Bed 3 early May 2012 copy

Bed 4 – same as bed 3…..

Bed 4 early May 2012

Bed 5 – Board beans and Strawberries….

Bed 5 early May 2012 copy

Bed 6 – Main crops of potatoes…

Bed 6 early May 2012 copy

Bed 7 – Main crops of potatoes too…

Bed 7 early May 2012 copy

Bed 8 – one fifth of the plot has been planted with Board Beans through winter months… the rest of the bed will be dug for Cabbages, Calabrese and Cauliflower…(the treble C)…. Bed 9 has been dug over with compost trench through the winter months and at the moments is waiting for plants….

Bed 8 early May 2012 copy

Bed 10 – the bed of Onion (both white and red), Shallots, Garlic… this has been through the winter months…. Bed 11 is being dug over ready for Beetroot, Carrots and Sweet corns..…

Bed 9 early May 2012 copy

Bed 12 – the Raspberry bed need a bit of tidy up…. otherwise it looks promising….

Bed 10 early May 2012 copy

Bed 13 – this bed is temporary made and still a testing ground…. by the compost bin I have transplant some Spinach seedlings there and the long end has been planted in main crops Potato….

Bed 11 early May 2012 copy

Bed 14 – the Tansy plants, Comfrey plants gets along fine, and the Globe Artichoke has some new shoots showing too…. Bed 15 the wild flower bed has just sown some new wild flowers seeds……

Bed 12 early May 2012 copy

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Week 14

11 May – 18 May

China Earthquake

A sad week of what happened in China, felt very heavy, made you see that nature always got the upper hand. Please help what you can, there are many venues waiting for everyone’s generous help, you see this earthquake affected area is the same size as the whole Europe, real big disaster. My thanks for the Red Cross to pass our donation to help the needed…..our prayers are with all the people over there…..

Watering

With sunny temperature 24 °C warming up, basically watering become a major task, Bernard & I popped up to the plot either in the morning or evening mainly for this purpose.

Comfrey plants

My mail ordered comfrey plants has arrived, looks a bit pale and lanky, I’ll put them in pots to make sure they’ll grow before put them into the ground.

Weedling

Weeds are flourishing as all vegetable growing, in nature’s eye they are all the same but not us human, we eat vegetable not weeds, so the battle is on, either vegetable win or weeds win…..here is my weapons use in this battlefield…..

Planting for this week

This week new vegetable put in the ground are butternut squash, courgette (green and yellow), pumpkin, celery and turnips…..

Vegetables shown this week

Carrot seeds has germinated, radish ripping, lattice looking greener, both potatoes in ground and in bags are floursing. At the front row there are some lovage appearing from the ground and it seems growing fine and I think I shall keep it. Generally the plot looks healthy…

Produces of the week

Cauliflower given by Janet @ ploy 6, that is so deliciously fresh and has made a meal ‘Cauliflower Delight’

Bits & Pieces

I was debating to use miscellaneous as the title but this one won at the end for the funny reason…. I have mail ordered a ladybird house from RSPB for the allotment, hoping the ladybirds will settle there and give me a hand to control aphids…..