Spring View 2012–year 5

My fifth year into allotment and the feel is still going strong……

Especially seeing the beautiful colour suddenly appear among the dull and grey wintry scene…… that is Spring ….

Lots of young buds appear in the fruit plants…. blueberries, black currents, red currents are covering full of buds….

Already started chitting my potatoes at my cool bedroom and they will be down to earth around Eastertime…..

Also some young plants has been started growing steadily in the greenhouse….

Here are the Spring views at the home front and those of the allotment will be posting next…..

Spring 2012 a copy

 

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potato chitting 2012 copy

greenhouse seedlings 2012

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Newbies & Oldies – Year 4

April onwards 2011

We have a whole month bathing with sunshine… forget about April showers… carrying cans and cans of water became the main task….

Newbies

Sowed bundle of seeds at home’s conservatory…. they are the newbies for this year…

Onions for this summer, I have grown them from seeds for trials, sowed them in February, here they are sprouts nicely and I shall let them grow on then re-pot them and plant out in May….

Pak Choy is my favourite… sowed in seeds within a few days they are out and thriving strong, re-pot them in March and plant out soon …

pak choy & onion seedlings

Soak some other seeds like squashes, sweet corns, beans , cucumber, tomato…… in water and covered with wet kitchen paper then cover with the cling film…. when seeing the little sprouts from the seeds then transplanted into pots with soil… sows in a little TLC plus some luck they will grow on….

seedlings 1

But then they are real pain when you got thousand matters to deal with and ops forget to check them and…. they dried out… the allotment just the safe backup….. sowed seeds direct into the seed bed prepared at the end of past winter….. prayers say for morning dews and night moist… even a dry April, here comes the sprouts of radishes, beetroot, turnips, parsnips and spinach etc. …… the thinning can be uses as salad…

seedlings 2

April is the month or After Easter period is for most plants restart their new life… it makes you feel joy and wonder too by seeing the sprouting from seeds that you have sown…. look at the potato sprouting… a sign of newbies reborn…

potato sprouts

At the beginning of April, I have planted out the Pak Choy… from the seeds I sowed in pot at home…

pak choy

Oldies

I have planted out lots of Board beans in October last years, but they have been killed off by the severe winter early this year, so I have sowed some more seeds in February and planted them out in late March, look like that they have catching up and thriving at the end of April…..

Boardbeans

Planted lots of Garlic in November and December time last year and they have shown sturdy growth sign….

garlics

Last autumn sown Onions are showing great growing sign too… TLC is important…

Onions

Leeks has been touch and go… planted in June July time last year…. been attacked by leek moths… still keep on standing through the winter months and here I have harvest them all at the end of April….

Learnt that they can be planted out even in August time to avoid the moths breeding period… so I shall try this year…..

Leeks

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April 2010….. Year 3

This was a month of happening of all things great and small…. Easter holiday…. reground plot 25B…. seeds germinated in rocket way….plus the unexpected Icelandic volcano eruption

Volcanic Ashes visitor

My sis was unfortunately caught up with the Icelandic volcano disruption on all flights, and she stayed at my home for a few days…. ended we had a good time together and she really enjoyed my allotmenting lifestyle and helped in doing a bit of planting too…..

Veronica BD

Home Front Garden

April is a month of colour appearing…. Tulips and Daffodils and many more….

Home plants

Seedlings

Sowed lots of seeds at home’s tiny greenhouse, it works fine and most seeds has germinated and ready to plant out…….

seedlings for plot

General view of the plot during April

During the month, I have planted in all Mangetouts and Peas, onions, sowed in Beetroot, Parsnips….

Dug out some unsuccessful Board Beans which has been suffered from the severe winter…

new plants 2

new plants 1

Noted that Ladybirds has appeared and Board Beans flower started blooming…..

Board beans flower ladybird

Rhubard

Board beans out

Reforming of plot 25B

My JCB and I have work up a wonder to reform this plot 25B….

We have created bed 9, 10 and 11….. Both bed 9 & 10 have planted in potatoes to kick off a start… dug over bed 11 for future plantings…

Cleared up the jungle of Raspberry bed, recover some and planted out some donation form Janet…. now we have bed 12 as our fruit bed….

At the back of the plot, we planed to create 3 tiny beds…. bed 13, 14 & 15… watch this space…

Bed 9 & 10

Bed 9, 10,11

Bed 12 after aka25B

Bed 13,14,15 before ala 25B

Views at the end of the month

We normally have April showers during the month, but this year we have sunny dry weather instead…..

I have to fill in water into holes before planting in…..

Popped into the plot mostly for watering and watering…..

Bed 5

Borrowed the roller to roll out the bed before planting out my Brussels Sprouts….

Turnips has germinated….

Started the clearing job at the back of plot…. dump dump dump……

growing and dumping

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Plot 25B take over – Year 3

25th March 2010 ….

25B

One day in March, the plotter of 25B suddenly evicted all their plotting equipments from the shed, it just looked so untidy so I made a call to ask what has happened.  The answer was they gave up because of ill health. I made a call to the warden and took over the task to transform this half plot which connected to mine…..

Here are the images of the before ……

Seedlings

Lot of seedlings has been germinated and growing steady …. waiting for the right moments to plant out….

Spring seeds

Spring View

Just couldn’t help to upload some lovely home planted Spring flowers images ….

Spring flowers @ home

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Week 17

2 June – 8 June 2008

Farewell Uncle

4th of June a phone call from home told me Uncle SeaFull has passed away, feeling sad. May 12th the earthquake disaster still raw fresh, June 4th; a memorable date to remember those students and civilians in China voiced their rights and got killed in 1989. Rest in peace Uncle SeaFull, you’ll always in my prayers and in my thoughts.

Highlight @ 25A this week

Weeding does help in soothing all these up and down emotions, the best healing potion is the pick and dump action, it does good to the vegetable and good exercise both mind and body too. Here are some highlight of this week….

Potato rows

This is more than the highlight, they are really growing fantastic….

The follow one is from plot 26, noticed their planting strategy and that is every few weeks in between….

Plan for next planting

To make the allotment work for you, plan ahead is the advise being given by all allotment geeks, so here is my little seedlings ready to be plant next ……

Produce of the week

Cabbage ‘spring hero’ is really yummy, will try in the future in my plot….

Bits and Pieces

Tadpoles

The growing speed of all those tadpoles in my rock pool really catching up, see here they are…..