On this day . . .

2019

My potatoes were growing well – I made a mental note NOT to grow them in SQUARE pots ever again as several had grown into the corners.

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2018

It was tomatoes dominating the end of May in 2018. After the excrutiating cold of the Beast from the East, it was a good year for tomatoes – not so good a year later!

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2016

London Pride flowering like mad in what was then the Very Shady Border. I brought these plants (or their parents) from my late mother’s garden in the 1990s and now they line the front of the front border.

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The Allotment Diaries: Update

It’s been a couple of days shy of 12 weeks since I last visited my allotment bed and started digging in the red clover green manure, ready for planting out my chitted potatoes.

I’d planned to dig over the potato section (1/3) and then do a little bit at a time while seeds were germinating and herb cuttings were growing.

But a combination of wet weather at the start of March and Covid19 from then on, meant I had to suspend all thoughts of visiting as I would have to drive there, and that’s not allowed here in Wales.

So I have been extremely jealous of those who live within walking distance and have been able to visit, and share their photographs. I had visions of my bed letting the side down by growing nothing but weeds.

How wrong I was!

This morning, one of our member mentioned she was going to her bed to collect some veg, so I asked her to take a photograph of my bed so I could see what I would be facing when I finally get to go again.

This is what she posted.

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Yes, there are a few weeds poking through, but look at that Red Clover, isn’t that rather lovely?

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The bees must be ecstatic with all that nectar.

Sadly, I don’t know yet when I can go back. We each have a key for the main gate, but mine doesn’t work and there’s little chance of getting a new one cut for now.

They’ve finally got water piped to the site, so that’s good news. And those who visit are very good at watering the other plots. But, for now, my plans are on hold.

If this red clover is all I manage to grow until next year, it’s still worth in, even if I never get to see it ‘live’.

 

 

 

Six on Saturday: 25th April 2020

Those warm days in the first half of the month certainly moved things along for us gardeners, though I really would like some rain now – please.

Here are my six for this week.  Other Sixes are available on The Propagator’s Blog here.

My first peony bud – in the Shady Border. Since I took this photograph, several more buds have appeared.

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2019: Success and Failure

A look back over the year to see what worked – and what didn’t – for me. Was it me? Was it the weather? Or a combination of both?

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I grew the same variety – from the same packet – as in 2018.  I direct-sowed them in the same space below the arch in Raised Bed A, after replenishing the compost.  The first sowing was indoors on 24 February.  Not a single bean germinated.  The second sowing was made directly into the soil.  I planted 18 beans, 2 came up but didn’t grow beyond a couple of inches.  In the end I pulled them out, dug over that patch (no other beans in sight) and replanted using a different variety, Blauhilde, which is a dark purple bean (cooks as dark green).  These are not generally available in garden centres; mine came free with a magazine. Continue reading “2019: Success and Failure”