Saturday, 3 September 2011
Monday, 27 June 2011
Sunday, 29 May 2011
Picked about 4lbs of strawberries. The raspberries are developing but only a few are starting to ripen; the redcurrants and gooseberries are close as well.
Sowed, weeded and watered. Forgot to get some more (organic) slug pellets; these need to be down before the next rain.
The first lettuce are nearly ready to have leaves picked; a mix of oak leaf and crinkly, red and green.
Many of the seeds are now coming through, although all are a bit late; runner beans, peas, mange tout, carrot, rocket, basil and radish.
Sunday, 1 May 2011
Mostly cleared the weeds now. There was so much to dig out that I need to pick up some more pallets to make an extra compost bin.
The potatoes are all in and the first earlies are starting to show through. Some seeds sown; lettuce, radish, peas and mange tout. Supports put up for beans and peas.
A new bird scarer on the shed; the birds still come on the plot but at least they don't perch on the shed.
Planting holes have been dug for the courgettes, these are back-filled with compost to provide food and moisture.
Still having to water each evening; the soil is very dusty and dry a long way down, it will be good to have some rain.
Sunday, 10 April 2011
Planted a row of first earlies, (cup of tea included to give scale). The variety is home guard, this was introduced in 1942 and became a staple of the war years.
Picked some rhubarb and the first asparagus spears. There are flowers on the strawberry plants, so I finished weeding the bed; I'll add some fertiliser when enough rain is forecast to wash it in.
Sunday, 27 March 2011
Difficult to find something new in a place so near, but being pushed to do so was a good challenge; it was an interesting and fun day.
Wednesday, 23 March 2011
A warm sunny day day, saw the first butterflies of 2011, a bit hazy looking down towards Salisbury Plain.
Picked some rhubarb, and dug up some leeks. No sign of the broad beans yet, I think I might dig one up at the weekend to check they haven't been eaten by mice.
Sunday, 6 March 2011
Just started reading Notes from Overground by Tiresias (a psuedonym for Roger Green). These are jottings from a long period of commuting by train from Oxford to London. The book was published in 1984 and I believe is now out of print. It was highly recommended, and rightly so, on Joe Morans's blog. This might give a flavour;
Unexplained delay at Didcot. (Nothing abnormal about that). At last, two uniformed soldiers boarded the train. Handcuffed to one of them a pugnacious-looking, close cropped, bedenimmed youth. Train moves off. Law-abiding commuters look variously annoyed, smug, curious, compassionate indifferent. We should not. And therefore never send to know. Casual travellers do not notice our handcuffs. Few of us sense the bracelets round our own wrists. But they are there, along with the uniformed escort. There, too, rigid rails and sharp ballast: iron bars and stone walls which do make a prison and a cage. Man is born free and is everywhere in trains.
Sunday, 27 February 2011
Sowed a double row of broad beans; Aquadalce Longpod. These should be hardy enough to survive light frosts after they've sprouted, but the growing tips should be tough enough to deter black fly. With good weather there will be beans by July. The trench was filled with soil with some pelleted poultry manure raked in; I'll add some compost as a mulch when the seeds come through.
This heavy shower coming over Salisbury Plain sent me into the shed with a flask.
Saturday, 19 February 2011
Sunday, 13 February 2011
Monday, 7 February 2011
Sunday, 6 February 2011
Dug the bean trench, filled it with semi-rotted compost and backfilled; ready to be sown and planted with bean plants in May. Dug up some small parsnips, and a few leeks which had more below the soils's surface than expected. The hardy blue leeks had survived the frosts well, but the yellow early leeks were ok too. The warmer weather has started regrowth on the black cabbage, and buds are showing on the summer raspberries.