Wednesday, 8 May 2013

Puddling in


King Cobras

Having spent the day with pupils from Hermitage Park up at Lochend Secret Garden, I was desperate to get down to the allotment to tend my own. pat was with me as he was off school with a virus, so the pair of us headed down to catch the last couple if hours of a blazing hot Edinburgh day. Nothing too strenuous, just a dousing of the hose from Patrick, as I cleared/ strimmed a new fire terrace ( that terr-aas, by the way!) for the summer season.

Everything coming on well in the greenhouse: Lettuces, summer and autumn cabbages, purple sprouting broccoli all an inch high. The French beans (Cobra) are doing away so potted them on (see pic). The only seeds that didn't work were the calabrase, as the seeds were too old, so popped along to my wee high voiced pal at New Hailes, and bought myself 9 plants for a princely £1.70. Also relented to Maggie's requests for strawberries...

Meanwhile outside and the late plantings of the broad beans and beet root are comng through... Am up early heading off early to get the calabrase and strawberrys in whilst the sun comes up... A brand new day! Good luck...

Thursday, 18 April 2013

Pastures new

This one's for Scottie and Jenny - The back says "There's 60 million odd sheep live in New Zealand - high reproduction rates!"

Wednesday, 17 April 2013

The tortoise and the hare

Most years, I'll try and get the spuds in between St Patricks Day and Easter - this year though, Easter's early and its been that wet that really the grounds only ready now, so its been a slow start... That plus the herculean task of moving a ton bag of compost from the gate to the plot, using a wheelbarrow with a soft tyre, took up most march energy.   Now thats finished and the ground's turned I'm hoping to plant the chitted tubers this weekend - Pentland Javelins and Maris Peers.  

The wetness has delayed most work on the plots, although have managed to get sowing in the greenhouse...Last Sunday, 12 April, got broad beans in the ground... French beans planted in pots in the greenhouse, and a sowing of lettuces, broccoli's and cabbages - Primo's, Hispi's and Savoys...

Here's the plot plan for this year - wish me good luck!

Monday, 11 February 2013

Been fishin'

It's been over a year since the last entry - last year was a bit of a washout, both blog wise and plot wise... This post therefore marks a new growing year... Good luck to all!

Committed to the year by getting the seed spuds today - Maris Peer (second earlies)  and Pentland Javelins (first earlies)from of all places, Homebase - four 1.5 kg bags for the price of three @ £2.99 each...