After two full mornings in the allotments, a helping hand from our Son for 3 hours on Wednesday and the Potatoes are finally all in.. All 9 rows.. Three are earlies ( Arran Pilot) and the others six rows are main crop (Picasso) .
A rare visit from my Son to the allotments, saw big smiles from us, as he helped his Dad dig four trenches for the potatoes.. Our Granddaughter helped fill in.. Both worked very hard that day
Potatoes now all in.. Hubby spent most of Friday morning digging and earthing them up.. Here you see he just made a start.. 6 more rows to earth up .
Today Friday, my hubby earthed up all of the potatoes, all nine rows, Earthing up allows for the water to run down to the roots.. More information about this method and mulching can be found HERE
Remember the image I showed in the last post? Click onto smaller photos to reveal more about them.
This section is to be weeded.. You can just make out the young apple tree I had 5 glorious apples first time last year..
Now you can see the difference.. 3 hours work.
The Lime is added to the dug holes for the brassicas to help prevent club-root. The lime is left in the holes for a fortnight. Watered in. And after a couple of weeks we put the young plants in.
You can find out more about adding in LIME HERE.
But do please be aware Lime burns skin so avoid eyes and skin.
Watering in the lime. Leave for a couple of weeks before planting in your plants
Cabbage three types-Savoy-Spring and Golden Acre and Hispi Cabbag e. Curly Kale, Cauliflower-white all year round,, purple-Graffiti, and yellow_Sunset, Broccoli- Calabrese. Sprouts have been re-potted today and will come out later.
I almost forgot about the Rhubarb.. as I had a large compost bin upturned over it . As you can see it drew it up a little lanky.
But it was quickly made into a rhubarb crumble.. And more growing for more delicious deserts
As I dug out the strip of weeds by the side of the sheds, I kept having a rest, and each time I did, the black bird took the opportunity to fetch worms to feed his young.
I kept throwing the blackbird a few unearthed worms.. And he made several trips with beak full to and from his nest in the hedge to feed his young.
The home garden too is starting to bloom and below is a slide show of some of the new shoots and flowers in the back garden of our home.. Click on each one to see what is growing and what varieties we have used.
Tomatoes growing in the home greenhouse, these are getting strong plants now. There are a variety, we have Shirley Tomatoes and Yellow- Golden Crown. And no doubt we get more varieties as we often exchange plants with other allotmenteers
Sweetcorn and Butternut Squash are up in the spare bedroom.. Each window sill is a hive of growth 🙂
Sweet peas in our home greenhouse
Spring flowers on my rockery
New buds of the Climbing Hydrangea