Archive | December, 2014

Yule blog 2014

23 Dec

Almost twenty days have passed since I have managed to escape to the plot. Today, after a late start saw us cancel our plans to head to London, opting for a lazier local day out, we found ourselves going past the allotment when it was still daylight and with a load of Christmas cardboard in the boot.

Do you mind if I drop it off? I asked the hubby aware that if I dropped it off there and then the chances of it staying in the boot till spring would be zero and I could also check on my sprouts.

My youngest volunteered to accompany me and along he lept, ‘I miss the plot’ he said after we had chatted to his best plot buddy, the bee keeper man who he loves to watch don his white robes, while collecting the best honey any of us have ever tasted.

It made me chuckle as during spring and summer when ever I mention the plot word both of them groan or sigh, so it’s good to know I haven’t entirely traumatised him against all things gardener.

It was a pretty sad scene at the plot, we spread out the cardboard straightaway and then moved onto inspect our sprouts, a sad slug nibbled batch this year.

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I almost didn’t bother to pick them but the youngest kept saying poor nana, she won’t have any sprouts. Even though I explained she wasn’t relying on us to provide sprouts he was still adamant we pick a few which he proudly carried back to the car.

All my brassicas have been eaten and the broad beans have yet to materialise. This time last year I had planted garlic and onion sets but this year I have run out of time. The whole place looked dead and full of decay and I wondered briefly why bother, but seeing my son squeal with delight at just being there and hearing our bee keeper say it will all be OK if we get a big frost strengthened my resolve to plod on for another year at least! Apparently if it gets to sub zero temperatures for a few weeks the slugs will all die out. It’s not the type of thing I have ever previously hoped for but being a plot holder throws up such desires, so come on now, let it snow!

Thanks for the follow in 2014, happy Winterval and a productive new year to you all!


Losing the plot

5 Dec

It’s been a really hectic couple of weeks. I haven’t visited the plot for at least four weeks but that may actually be six. It’s been cold and rainy and I have yet to replace visiting the allotment with running as I attempted last year (witness last year’s xmas present from the hubby – running shoes – slowly decaying in a cupboard under the stairs).

Instead I have spent the last few weeks doing doctor’s appointments, nurses appointments and a whole lot of lesson planning for an observation at work. Both kids were off the entire week last week, that coupled with an inset day on Friday meant I lost a whole week of work time, so it was only today that I felt sufficiently back to treading water in the ocean of stuff to do (rather than full on drowning in it as it felt last week) which saw me have sufficient time to make a quick site visit.

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As I joked to a fellow mum on the drop off, I was merely checking my shed was still upright. It was still standing and not an awful lot had changed, the grass had grown a bit, there were a few more weeds. I dug over one little area by the shed as it was such a sunny day, once I got there I didn’t really want to leave.

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I also planted out broad bean seeds, that the kids had helped me to shell and dry in the summer, our own seed production line seems quite cool although I’m not convinced they will actually grow. I need to buy some membrane (I have finally run out, every inch of the stuff I bought before is currently in use) and also I need to get hold of some onion and garlic to plant and then that may well be it till February.

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The brassicas I planted back in August looked rather dog earred. I had to throw two cabbages in the compost and a whole bed was little more than stumps after those hungry slugs had done their worst. There is one plant that looks like it might produce a few nibbled sprouts in time for Christmas but I don’t think the big supermarkets have much to worry about in terms of lose of profits thanks to my home grown efforts.

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All I can say is hurrah for leeks, they seem to grow no matter what you do or don’t do to them. I was going to give all concerned some plant food but in the end I just sprinkled some organic poultry manure around anything that looked vaguely alive and decided I had had enough for one day, a ten o’clock cuppa was calling me. It was good to be back but at this time of year a short half hour burst is more than sufficient.