24 June 2006

My FREE Potatoes and other Stuff

Hello all

Hope you are all enjoying the good weather, yesterday was quite hot and I got a little sunstroke, must remember to put on my hat next time. Anyway as you can see the weeds are gradually being moved and we can see the peas which already have pods on them. 1 week and they will be ready to eat, whilst I get ready to sow the last crop before the middle of July.

We got very few peas up this year so I thought that if I tried sowing them again we may get a second bite at the cherry as they say.

The lettuces are doing very well and some of them will be going to Somerset this week for my Aunt and Uncle to try.

Below are my free potatoes, as grown from ones left in from last year. I have only dug up three of them and you can see how many I have got. Along with the carrot thinings and a couple of stray turnips. I forgot to mark the row they were in as it pelted it down with rain and I had to take shelter and forgot to do it after the rain.
I tried Spring onions aswell and they have come up quite well until the hubby decided they were grass and tried to pull some out before I could stop him??????

So I will go now and have my Chinese take away for tea and come back later

21 June 2006

The weeds are still among us

Hello All

As you can see the weeds are still winning in one patch of the Lottie. I just can't keep on top of them and work all day as well at the moment.

Arrrrgggggggggghhhhhhhhhhhhh Life

what will we do I ask myself. Should we give up and not do it next year or should we use weedkilller ???????????????

Well I really don't know. In amongst all the weeds are carrots and beetroot. Just in case you all wanted to know the weeds are Poppies from the neighboring allotment.

You can see how far they spread. I have been told that poppy seeds can stay dormant for about 100 years. Anyone got any ideas???

Anyway here you can see we are actually growing some crops. Broad Beans to be exact. WE put in about 50 seeds and only about 30 came up. Smae with the peas. 100 seeds and only 20 plants.

I complained about this last time. But we will at least have some crops and I am going to replant my pea seeds and see how we get on. The variety I ahve brought can be planted out until mid july so we have 3 weeks. 2 successional sowings should bring us back up to date. Runner beans are in and in the next post I will put some photos on of them. The raspberries are going like wildfire and already friuting, so we should have some ready over the next month or so. The rhubarb is doing very well and my patio apple is full of apples and so we are hoping to hve some ready for September time.

Anyway must go now, will be back later.

Happy cropping all

9 June 2006

Hi ho HI ho it's off to work we go.........

Hello again from the Lottie of Badrill118,
Things here have go a little out of hand recently with the weather and other things so the weeds have grown better than the crops. Anyway here are my mom and friend sproggie helping with the weeding. This is me again doing as little as poss in the heat as I had to go to work about 1/2 hour after this. really could have done with more time at the lottie.

We have a lot of rouge spuds coming up all over the allotment and hope we will get some nice FREE spuds from them before we go away in the summer. This year we will really dig them out up to 3 foot deep is we have to.

As you can see the lottie was covered in weeds until the sproggie team got involved and they were mainly poppy seeds. Under them were my peas, carrots and beetroot. They all seem to have thrived having some shade but not all the peas have come up so I am going to have to plant some more. The spuds are doing well, but the tomatoes have all died off and so I have to but some more to replace them.

The onions, garlic and shallots are doing very nicely and i hope to using some of them soon. The flowers are doing very well, Anenomes are very happy and the Sweet William is a wash of colour. The Freesias have yet to come out. We will hve to wait and see what happens to them.

Speak to you agian, Weather and work permitting.
Yours Badrill118

2 June 2006

Weed meet again.........

Hello All

I have been lottieing again today and found that the nieghbours have taken out their poppies and mine are still coming up with avengence.

Anyway I have found this year that most of my seedlings are not not coming up only 45% of the seeds put directly in have germinated and so I am now have to find more things to put in to cover the ground.

Last year we had 100% germination and I am not sure why it didn't happen again this year.
The tomatoes have produced 4 plants out of 50 seeds and the peas 100 put in have produced about 25 so I really don't think that we will have much to freeze this year. The only good thing happening this month is that the raspberries are going wild and I know we should have a bumper crop from them. So we do have some good things to think about.

My Runner Beans are none exsitant so I have had to resorting to buying from my local shop. They always have very good quality and always have a good crop from their stuff.

Anyway I must away and will post again this weekend.

Happy cropping this week

Yours Miriam