Well, I think an up-date on the allotment is well and truly over due by now but there doesn’t seem to be that much to report. We have been harvesting courgettes and beans and of course the kale but other than weeding and taking manure up there for new beds and to add to the beds already in use there is nothing much to do.
I have bought some onion sets to go up there, but haven’t planted them out yet.
On Bank Holiday Monday we spent a good hour up there weeding and the wildlife on the site is very good, their are lots of ladybirds and ladybird larvae, there is starting to be a good build up of worms, no where near as many as there are at home but I don’t think there ever will be. There are still the rabbits, on of which was found hiding in the courgette bed the other evening, and then there are the frog-lets, we have seem a few but most are not happy to sit for photos unlike this one who was more than happy to sit for ages on middle-younger-sisters hand and then just sat there for a while when she put it back on the ground.
Yesterday was been spent as all bank holidays should be spent starting with a laying in, followed by a morning on the allotment, a trip out to the garden centre and to pick up a few supplies for dinner then home again to potter around with the goats and cook a roast in the Rayburn.
Me, mother, middle-younger-sister and Rhys spent over an hour on the allotment, mostly weeding. I found the leek seedlings that I put in and they are looking good. It is starting to feel very wintery outside and the courgettes seem to have slowed down, I’m not sure if that’s because they are not being picked often enough or because of the cold weather.
The trip to the garden centre was to pick up our first winter onion sets, they have only just got them in. We eat a lot of onions, at least a couple with most meals I would say, so like potatoes we just don’t have the room to grow all our own but over winter when there is nothing much else to go in it will be nice to have empty beds filled up with something so useful.
The goats got all the weeds from the allotment, almost the back of the van full, which they enjoyed. They do like thistles. And then the day was finished off with a roast dinner.
Today was the winter solstice, the shortest day of the year. From now on days will be getting longer and everything with start to wake up.
As a sort of celebration I have spent this evening making paper pots and sowing peas, carrots (to be grown in buckets until the warmer weather when they can go outside) and a few leeks. I’ve been reading a little bit about how leeks can be started off now in polystyrene boxes so thought I would try it.
The carrots and leeks were also to do my second bit of moon planting, so far I’ve only managed root crops on the right day, last weekend I planted some onion sets and garlic.
Rhys has spent this evening making chocolates for Christmas presents, and when I first got home from work we tried to ‘candle’ the quail eggs. It didn’t work but I’m hopefully, the weight has changed in them from how it feels when they are first laid. It will be time to stop turning them in the next day or two ready for hatching.
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