April 16, 2014

Beefing up security

After 2 break-ins to the shed so far this year it is time to beef-up security a little! We were lucky they didn’t steal anything! But others have not been so fortunate!

Messages appearing on sheds written in chalk pen such as “There is nothing to steal in here, someone beat you to it!” Sort of sums it up!

But allotments are vulnerable places! I have out a new lock on the shed… But the actual shed is now the weakest thing there! The door would snap with one pull! Never mind I’m hoping it’ll be a deterrent!

Might even get a battery powered shed alarm, I think the police gave us some after the break-ins… I can’t see them as being much good, more of a pest to the people who live near the allotments more than anything!

Just a quick reminder:

"KEEP ALL VALUABLES AT HOME!" Not in a rotten shed on the allotment!

April 13, 2014   4 notes

Plot shots… Why?

So some followers may have noticed I am tagging a desperate photo after each visit on the allotment as plotshot… But why?
Simple I have found a place where I will take a photo from on the plot (roughly the same place each time at the gate)…

The hope is that at the end of the year I will produce a small time-lapse gif of the progress!

Simples…

April 12, 2014   2 notes
12/04/14 - Plotshot 7

12/04/14 - Plotshot 7

April 12, 2014   2 notes

12/04/14:
Seeds coming along well, Aubergine plant potted on and loving it!
A new one this year: celery (self blanching) should be interesting, this is ready to go in now!
Peas and beans clipped on to aid their growth, a couple of rows of beetroot and red spring onions sown! Only half rows for succession!
Lettuce planted out under a £1 cloche from the pound shop!

I spent however all of the day making paths on the allotment, recycling parts of an old shed to make (what will be) lovely grassed paths over the allotment!

It is hard to tell from the photos but tools good few hours to complete! Bed 1 completely pathed around, half way there now should be easier now I have got the hardest one out of the way!

The hardest bit is manoeuvring all the excess soil about the plot!

Looking good though even if I do say so!

April 9, 2014   23 notes
allotment86:

Growing Companions…
source   New Scientist.

And this … Got some geraniums already! Needed bigger pots for them really! Hope to have more companion planting this year!Don’t forget basil in the bottom of tomato plants too!

allotment86:

Growing Companions…

source   New Scientist.

And this … Got some geraniums already! Needed bigger pots for them really! Hope to have more companion planting this year!
Don’t forget basil in the bottom of tomato plants too!

April 9, 2014   5 notes
allotment86:

Vegetable growing chart ….
source   The Garden Central.

I like this!

allotment86:

Vegetable growing chart ….

source   The Garden Central.

I like this!

April 5, 2014   2 notes
05/04/14 - plotshot 6

05/04/14 - plotshot 6

April 5, 2014   1 note

05/04/14:
Silicone on the frame to bed the glass and cushion it, hopefully put it in next weekend!
Planted the tomatoes into grow-bags (early but let’s see!?)
Seeds just germinating! Lettuces nearly ready to out under fleece…
Broadbeans planted around the swing leaving room for a “pusher”… The sides of the swing will be covered in climbing French beans later in the year!

Two rows of peas in… Overwintering onions moved to their more permanent residence, hope they cope! Snowball onions planted and some red shallots too!

Little view of the plot and finally the blossom is coming on the apples and pears , the insect hotel is full of residents! Garlic getting going now!

A great day on the plot (in the light rain)

March 30, 2014   1 note
30/03/14 - Plotshot 5

30/03/14 - Plotshot 5

March 30, 2014   2 notes

30/03/14:
So another double dose of the allotment this weekend! Finished painting the greenhouse, then my wife moved onto the dance next to it and then the shed!
I build the kids a mud kitchen using some old children’s kitchen cabinets we picked up from Freegle a while back and they got relegated to the playhouse, but they were a bit big for the playhouse so let’s re-invent it at the allotment! Including some hanging jars no longer used for utensils! It went down a treat!

Managed to plant (very late I know) the garlic we had, one Germidor and some my mum had grown last year that had sprouted.

Also this year is my final attempt at asparagus! Got three nice plants each with one green spear on, I added extra compost around the roots to get them started! (Fingers crossed!)

Demolished the rotten strawberry bed, weeded it and reclaimed a lot of strawberry plants! (Some runners for home too)

Two rows of potatoes in too! I’ll have to edit this later to tell the varieties! As Cola my wife planted them!

Under the fleece are some rather tender purple sprouting broccoli and Savoy cabbage plants! I hope this will stop the pigeons!

Well it has had too lots of children running over the top of them, so whatever doesn’t kill them will make them stronger! :)

March 29, 2014   8 notes

thevegplot:

allotmentnoob:

29/03/14:
Got some exterior paint for the greenhouse for the paint reclamation place called “Seagull” in Leeds! Very cheap and good for the environment too!
Managed to get the first coats of paint on today, got some glass from a nursery that was being taken down, the allotment chairman kindly went and transported for us!

Demolished the rotten cold frame after the lids broke on it last year! This will now become the kids area which will be next to the picnic bench, once I have made that! Had some gravel from a friend and 2 spare slabs from the plot to finish it off, using a few bits of wood from the cold frame that weren’t rotten!

Think the place is looking better! (We let the kids paint their little raised bed!)

That moment when you realise you live in the same city as another person on tumblr…

I love seagull and the recycle shop! Tis awesome, isn’t it? Don’t mean to sound stalkerish, but just wondering which allotment those are. I have mine in Chapel A area.

I adore the colour of your greenhouse!!! 

We are in Morley! Nr the big ASDA!

March 29, 2014   2 notes
29/03/14 - plotshot 4

29/03/14 - plotshot 4

March 29, 2014   8 notes

29/03/14:
Got some exterior paint for the greenhouse for the paint reclamation place called “Seagull” in Leeds! Very cheap and good for the environment too!
Managed to get the first coats of paint on today, got some glass from a nursery that was being taken down, the allotment chairman kindly went and transported for us!

Demolished the rotten cold frame after the lids broke on it last year! This will now become the kids area which will be next to the picnic bench, once I have made that! Had some gravel from a friend and 2 spare slabs from the plot to finish it off, using a few bits of wood from the cold frame that weren’t rotten!

Think the place is looking better! (We let the kids paint their little raised bed!)

March 23, 2014
23/03/14 - Plotshot 3

23/03/14 - Plotshot 3

March 23, 2014

23/03/14;
Another good day on the plot! All cleared, weeded and rotovated!

Moved the raised beds to a new location, will be taking down a few rotten ones and putting some more up soon!

Thanks to the allotment chair who offered to help rotovate it with his rotovator!

The raised beds are in the shape of a sun! Will have to dig some compost heaps out to fill them!

Hailed again!

Very excited to get planting now!