Friday, 27 February 2009
Thursday, 12 February 2009
Wednesday, 11 February 2009
Monday, 9 February 2009
We're going to try biodynamic sowing this year, as Lou was given a book on it for her birthday - The Biodynamic Sowing and Planting Calendar by Maria & Matthias Thun.
It's quite specific with what you should sow when, sometimes to within a matter of hours! We'll have to see how well we stick to it. Tonight, Tuesday and Wednesday should be fruit - their classification includes tomatoes, beans and aubergines.
Well, we'll give it a go...
Friday, 6 February 2009
We've sown green manures to help improve the soil. This is agricultural mustard which improves the soil structure when it's cut down and dug in, but doesn't fix nitrogen. We've got a really sandy soil so hopefully this will help it hold more water.
Wednesday, 4 February 2009
All going well, getting rid of lots of stuff, the potatoes are in the fire cooking, when along come two PCSOs to check it out. Apparently someone had called the police because of the smoke. It wasn't even that bad, and who in they're right mind is going to have their windows open in these temperatures? Hey ho.
They were fine with us carrying on however, just wanted to check someone was there with the fire, so we did get to eat the fire roasted potatoes in the end.
So winter's properly here. A few inches of snow are causing calamity in the UK, work colleagues struggle to make it through the elements... unfortunately we live a mere ten minutes from our work so we have no excuse. Happily however, the allotment is ideally located between home and work, just a few minutes walk away, and easily-poppable to during lunch in the week. This week has been a mix of snow, defrosting and then bright blue skies and warming sunshine, so it's difficult to know whether to make it over to the allotment during lunch or not. More snowstorms are forecast so once again not much allotmenting taking place.
Lou has been drawing up the seed chart in readiness for the sowing onslaught later. We have differing opinions on how to do this. She prefers the good old paper and pencil method whilst I've been trying to persuade her that a spreadsheet will easily show her what's to be sown first. We've hit a stalemate and gone for both...
2009 will definitely be a year of MORE! We recently ran out of last year's potatoes and it has felt very strange actually having to buy potatoes from a shop. So that's what normal people feel like... The ever-growing list of what we'll sow this year follows... garlic and broad beans are in...
Radish (scarlet globe, nerckarruhm, rudolph, sparkler)
Aubergine (black beauty)
Pepper (californian wonder)
Lettuce (salad bowl, cut and come again, cruha, roxy, corn salad)
Leek (atlanta, carentan, hannibal)
Basil (Sweet Genovese)
Cucumber (Marketmore, Crystal Lemon)
Courgette (Nero di Milano)
Broad Bean (Witkiem, Super Aquadulce)
Dwarf French Bean (Speedy, Slenderette)
Climbing French Bean (Blauhilde)
Runner Bean (Scarlet Emperor)
Spring Onion (White Lisbon)
Onion (Ramrod, Siberian, Jetset)
Sweetcorn (Incredible F1, Sweet Nugget)
Beetroot (Detroit 2 Bolivar, Golden)
Leaf Beet (Rainbow Chard, Swiss Chard)
Spinach (Giant Winter, Perpetual)
Carrot (Rothild, Nantes 2)
Cabbage (Wintergreen, Marner Lagerrot)
Brussels Sprout (Nautic F1)
Borecole (Westland Winter)
Broccoli (Purple Sprouting)
Kohl Rabi (Logo)
Potatoes (Cara, Colleen, Maris Bard - all chitting)
Tomato (Gardener's Delight)
Green Manure (Fenugreek, Vetch)