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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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….

snowman copy

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

Snow Figs copy

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

snow web copy

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

snow hawthorn fruit copy

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…..

Heron copy

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….

Mid December plot view 1 copy

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….

Mid January plot view 2 copy

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….

Trench view copy

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

Winter lettuce copy

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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Week 48 – Year 2 (the Big Freeze)

3rd January – 10th January 2010

For this beginning week of the year, we are all stay low for the Big Freeze, from Tuesday (5th) onwards of the week we are all ice in, no school, no transport, no shopping, no digging…. but plenty of snow and ice to see and feel….

These were taking while I popped down to the allotment to empty the vegetable peelings to the bin…

Frozen Leeks & Onions

They will be covered by ice and snow in the coming few days, I hope they will survive and recover… wait and see…..

Leeks

Onions

When I caught a bit dry spell, hang out all the birdies treat… so they wont suffer too much during the big freeze….

Treats

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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 41 – Year 2

16th November – 22nd November 2009

Flood alert and bad weather hit Cumbria, southern part of Scotland, the Lake District….

We are in touch wood situation at the South West, windy and cloudy, on and off of heavy showers…

During this continue wet and windy weather…. On Tuesday caught up with a clear spell and went down to the Allotment to tidy up those bags of compost, empty to the bins and gave them some massage (add some compost maker and gave them a stir)…..

Harvest

While I was at the plot, pick up some veggie for the week… Swiss Chard doing excellent despite the foul weather… though I have got some Parsnip in fork shape, they are still sweet in taste… my Mooli Radish has a big improvement from last year’s stock, use them in my curry really yummy….

Harvest w41y2

Garlic

The downpours has not affect the growth of my Garlic, they grow taller than the week last…

Garlic

Onions

The same as my Winter Onions, they welcome the rain too….

Winter Onion

Feltham First Peas

Nice to see my Feltham First peas has shown the pea tops… my disguise of sowing them with grits and pebbles do work…

Feltham First Pea

Board Bean

Most of my early sown Board Beans has shot up… though there are couple gaps in between the rows, I shall fill them with my home grow seedlings in Springtime if they do remain gapping at me through the winter…

Board Beans

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Week 36 – Year 2

12th October – 18th October 2009

Thanks for a couple decent days in this week, popped down to the allotment picking most the Spaghetti Squashes and all pumpkins…. very please for this year’s fine grows…

Spaghetti Squashes & Pumpkins

Pumpkins & S Squashes

Mooli Radish

A big improvement from my last year growth and as the usual saying “got plenty room to progress”… at least this years I can cook some of the picking while last year mostly go to the compost bin… learned that they are better grow in early Spring or after the heat of Summer…

Moli Radish

Parsnip

My parsnips are produce good roots this time and as I planted in plenty in different beds this year, I have picked quite a few and they are really sweeter than the one bought from supermarket…

Parsnips

Beetroot

These are from Bert’s @ plot 19, as I said this year is good year with Beetroot, most plots have plenty and good stock of beetroot this year.  I pickle, salad and get them into soup… they are super yummy…

Beetroots

Board Beans

Planted in the Winter growth Board Beans @ Bed 4 & 5 top half, as I found that the growth is better planted in early than the one planted in Springtime, less Black fly trouble…..

Board Beans

Onions

Planted in some Winter Onions at Bed 8, they will grow through the winter…. pick as it grow for winter use…

Winter Onions

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Week 31

8th – 14th September 2008

Another miserable week on the weather side, wet wet wet, even get me under the weather, had got a slight damp chill …… may so get a rest to get it over.  Still the walk to the allotment raise my spirit because there are plants growing there, they are small and simple but beautiful ….

Highlights of this week

Dashed in between the rain I managed to get some plants in….

New plants

Radish

The radish has germinated within a week’s time, it must be the moist in the air…..

Sunflower

Got a glimpse of my sunflower on top of roof, how come they grow that tall ………

Produce of this week

Decided to collect all the sweetcorns and keep on picking all the mature vegetables, all delicious in taste too ……

Looking forward for a better next week, but the forcast is still not stable, well I just have to dash in and out again ……