Allotment 11/05

PICT0150Ok, so we have had the allotment for about five weeks now, and I think it is coming along nicely. Everyone else on the site seems to either have put in plants that they already had growing or bought in so it doesn’t look as green as some other plots but there is still a lot growing. I called into to our ‘local’ (about 15 – 20 miles away local) Countrywide store today and was looking at some of their vegetable plants and couldn’t believe the prices they were charging for them. £3.49 for about ten cabbage plants, why not just buy a packet of seeds for half the price with 350 seeds? it makes so much more sense to me to buy seeds and raise them yourself. 

On Sunday me and Rhys spent most of the afternoon there, he watered and marked out beds while I dug and sowed seeds. I also draw a ‘site plan’ of what is already sown to help keep track of it as I know I will have forgotten which type of beet or carrot was planted where by the time they are ready to harvest:allotment drawing

There is alot more of the plot left than there seems to be from my drawing, about half is marked out now so there is still another half to go. So far there are three different verities of beetroot sown, three different peas and red and green spring onions. I’ve also put out the last ten cloves are garlic that were in the bottom of my seed bag, I know it is the wrong time of year for them now but they will do something. 

Potato Mimi, in their buckets on one of the 'manured beds

Potato Mimi, in their buckets on one of the 'manured beds

At home I have sown runner beans, winter squash, sweetcorn, tomato and three different verities of courgette. One of the cats used the courgettes that I sowed last week as a litter tray so I have have started again. The french beans that I sowed about a month ago are slowly coming through, I don’t think they like the paper pots that much.

The cauliflower, kale rocket and cabbage are all coming through nicely (so long as the cat stops using the seed trays as a sunbed) I had to order some more rocket and kale seeds last week as I’d sown all the Black Tuscany that I had and that is our favourite verity. I saw my first white cabbage butterfly at the cows field over the weekend so none of them will be going out until I have sorted a brassica bed with brassica netting of some sort after last year.

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