Had these three hoverflies on my plot today, all taken with an iPhone 6.
|Myathropa florea on my watering can which was almost full of water, there were a few of this species going in probabl to drink!|
|Eristalis arbustorum on my flowering mint|
|Eristalis arbustorum on my flowering mint|
Spent a few hours on the allotment today, it was warm and sunny after a week or so of wet and cool days. It has been about a week since I was last here and it's amazing how things have changed. The weeds are back with a vengeance, the sweetcorn some of them must be nearly 8' tall, beetroots are ready to harvest and the cabbages and cauliflower are straining to break free of their protective net!
|Not a bad harvest today!|
|Sweetcorn has grown well with some pushing 8' tall!|
|Runner beans doing well but carrots and onions on the left have disappeared amongst the weeds!|
|Cabbages and cauliflowers straining against the netting!|
|Evening primrose has grown and is still flowering well.|
|Looking down my plot|
Wednesday 19th July
Allotment is looking good, I have been going over pretty regularly and always do a little weeding, watering and harvesting.
|Runner Bean wigwam|
|A mini Sweetcorn forest! these are now taller than me.|
|Beetroots looking good|
|Cabbages & Cauliflowers protected from the Wood Pigeons!|
|A good basketful of vegetables, including 2 marrows, potatoes, spinach, tomatoes and runner beans.|
Wednesday 5th July
The plot is looking good and I must post some pictures soon. Anyway today a welcome addition has arrived at the top end of the plot, well to be honest it has probably always been there! Evening Primrose is also known as Oenothera. It has bright yellow, cup-shaped flowers and looks great.
Evening primrose plants are hardy perennials, which means that they are long lived plants, and will re-appear every year.
Monday 12th June
|Lovely group of Slow Worms behind my greenhouse|
Saturday 10th June
Spent a few hours on the allotment, tied up the peas and increased the height of the trellis, done some weeding and dug over a section in the middle of the plot.
|Potatoes are doing well|
|Peas are looking great, we had our first peas today...tasted great!|
|newly dug section|
Monday 22nd May
Been a while, not since I've been to the allotment but since I updated this blog. Had the day off today and spent a few hours at our allotment. We had an air frost a week or so ago and it killed my runner bean plants. So today I planted a dozen more, along with radishes and mini sweetcorns, this was a mistake I had meant to buy normal sweetcorn plants! Peas are flowering and growing well, I added an extra layer netting above the trellis for them to climb. So far so good, although mares tail is a bit of a pain!
|Dock Bug found on our radish plants|
|New runner bean plants, broad beans and carrots are doing well|
|Netting for the peas and spuds looking good|
|My old shed and lean-to but note the bench, I spend a lot of time on that!|
Easter Weekend 14th-17th April
Spent some time over the weekend at the allotment on Friday we did more weeding, edged the grass path, cleared out the lean-to greenhouse and Dawn pulled most of the rhubarb. We had to leave some for Sunday's Easter Egg hunt as a hiding place.
On Monday Poppy helped in the afternoon and she planted four strawberry plants and helped to build the wigwam for our runner beans. Also planted six broad bean plants and some more red onions.
|Dawn looking happy with the rhubarb crop!|
|Wigwam and runner beans|
|Runner and Broad Beans|
Sunday 9th April
A very hot and sunny day today. The allotment site is a bit of a suntrap too! Yes more digging but today I had some help from Rheanna and she got through quite a lot of the weeding. I also had a go with the sites old rotavator, blimey talk about trying to run away with me! And there has to be a knack to using it as I found it heavy and flipping hard work, don't think I'll use it again.
As you can see with Rheanna's help we are almost there :-)
|Rheanna got through an amazing amount of work, thank you!|
|Our plot is almost weed free, yay!|
Saturday 8th April
Spent a few this afternoon on our allotment. The weather was like a barmy summers day, I even had my top off at one point! Yes, yet more digging today, I am hoping to have it finished next week during Easter weekend,
Great to see the peas doing so well, will have to get some pea sticks in. Had a Holly Blue butterfly in amongst our young carrot plants.
|There I have dug some more over!|
|Peas are coming on nicely|
|Holly Blue butterfly|
Sunday 2nd April
Spent from 11.30am - 4pm on the allotment and Dawn did an hour or so in that period. I was back on digging while Dawn planted two rows of Charlotte potatoes, a row of carrots and she did some strimming! And she strimmed her ankle...whoops!
|Strimming the path|
Sunday 19th March
A couple of hours in the afternoon saw me doing more digging....yes I know it should have all been turned over by now....but I am getting there slowly!
Anyway a break from digging for half an hour to sow my Peas. Created a narrow trench near the Rhubarb patch about 6" wide, then sprinkled in my Peas. I probably put too many in really, but hey you can never have enough Peas... can you? Main problem for the Peas is Mice who apparently love 'em and will sniff 'em out and devour them. I'll have to keep an eye on them, although to be honest I have sown enough and don't begrudge them having a few!
|Digging is coming on!|
|But there is still a bit to do!|
Tuesday 14th March
Sunday morning we visited the allotment shop on the allotments at Becontree and bought potatoes, onions and peas to grow. We also planted our first vegetables, two rows of onions, one red and one white.
As you can see from the picture below, digging the plot is a slow process, well for me it is! We are getting there and for a change I started turning the soil from the top and working down. Made better progress today!
Saturday 11th March
Due to various reasons today was only the second time this year that we have been on the allotment. As you can guess we are behind, I continued digging, Dawn did some hoeing and Coco just sat in the sun!
Sunday 13th November
We had a bit of luck last month a plot became available that had been well looked after and we were able to swap. Digging is so much easier and quite enjoyable, we have also been able to harvest beetroot, cabbage, parsnip, marrow and cabbage....what a bonus!!
|It even has a shed!|
Sunday 18th September 2016
Not sure if we've done the right thing but today we took on an allotment plot!
The positives are:
- It's close to home a five minute walk
- It's not a huge plot at 5 poles which is about 125sqM
- A stream runs behind it
- There are no restrictions, so a pond and plants for wildlife are fine
- Chance to combine vegetable growing with nature in my mind
- Healthy activity
- Dog friendly
- There is some rubbish/litter that needs disposing off including a bath
- Plot needs digging over
- Stream is liable to flood
|Plot runs roughly east to west - looking west|
|Water tap and tank at the end of the plot|
|Old bath and water butt both full of rubbish|
Coco seems to approve!