Allotment Garden Diary

My diary of my attempts, success and failures growing vegetables, fruit, herbs and gardening on an allotment.sized vegetable plot with a garden as well

Storm Doris

Storm Doris Hits

We've survived storm Doris with very little damage but it was a close run thing with the greenhouse which I thought I was going to lose at one point.

Mystery Potatoes

Mystery Amazing Potatoes

A seed potato fell under the bench. A year later it was planted out into pots and amazingly not only did it grow but also produced some tubers!

Walled Garden

Work Continues, Japanese Hoe, Long Handled Trowel

I'm trying a Japanese hand hoe and a British long handled planting trowel out, planting garlic and work continues on the new walled vegetable plot.

Seedlings in Geopod

Orchard Planting Finished, Germination, Storm

Finished planting up the orchard with 2 damsons, seeds germinating really well in the propagators and a massive storm blows and blows

Geopod Alight at Night in Shed

Sowing Starts in Earnest

Stormy weather, mending damaged propagators and sowing seeds ready for the new season. Making use of the growlights on the Geopod.

Insect Mesh Netting

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Geopod Propagator Full

Sowing & Planting Starts

It may be early in the season but not too early with the polytunnel and propagators equipped with grow lights to start sowing and planting

Inside Polytunnel

Path Finished, Polytunnel Ready to Plant

Some good weather has let us get cracking - the polytunnel is ready to plant and the path to it is finished. Getting ready for the poultry

clouds in a blue sky

Fantastic Weather for Lots of Jobs

Taking advantage of the weather to crack on with jobs ready for next year. New path half way there, polytunnel coming along and loads of other jobs

Heritage Welsh Fruit Trees

Planting Heritage Welsh Fruit Trees

Planting out heritage Welsh fruit trees along with elderberries and yet more rowans. The crab apples seem a little small, so a year of pampered pot growing.

Costa Beaches under Snow

Courgette Shortage

Courgettes have vanished from our supermarket shelves due to the unusual cold weather in southern Spain and Italy. But is this really such a bad thing?

Chitting Potatoes

Potato Chitting Time

The seed potatoes are here and laid out in seed trays in the potting shed to start chitting. With first earlies at least it gets them off to a flying start

Path Vegetable Garden

New path through the vegetable garden

Laying a new path using concrete slaps through the vegetable plot to the polytunnel. Less of a death trap than the slippy pieces of slate it replaces.

Manure Heap

Muck, Muck, Glorious Muck

A 2 tonne trailer load of rotted down sheep manure arrives - ready for next season's potatoes & brassica crops. A bit about gardening then and now.

Draft polytunnel layout

Planning the Polytunnel Interior & Progress

I've made a good start on getting the polytunnel into action. Roughly planned how it is going to be laid out inside and the main borders have been dug over.

Germinated Seeds

Germination Test Results, New Fence & Trees

Results from my seed germination testing - better than expected! New fencing to protect planting of a row of Rowan trees.

Bedfordshire Champion Onions

Up to Date Onions & National Seed List

The onion Up to Date was said to be that strong that eating it raw gave breath that could blister paint! Killed off by the National Seed List in 1973

Germination Testing Seeds

Seed Sorting, Germination Testing & Ordering

Sorting out the seeds prior to ordering and germination testing to see if the seeds in stock are still viable and worth sowing.

Quadgrow Planter

Double Yield from Tomatoes

A new method of growing tomatoes, the Quadgrow planter, is said to double the yield of fruits per plant. I'll be testing this claim out.

Geopod Propagator

Merry Christmas, New Toys & A Smile

A tale of show growing folk that made me smile and a new propagator with grow lights to get things going really early this year and seasons greetings to all

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