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Been & Gone

With a general lack of my blog posts for a while now, I thought it may be a good time to re-cap on the past 12 months down my plots. I've been busy doing D.I.Y. tasks at home for several days now, mainly due to the murky, damp and rainy weather and lack of major gardening tasks at this time of the year. Pumpkins and squashes are still growing and developing in No 1 bed on N1 Plot and I have plenty of well developed brassicas and lettuce growing to last me for a few months yet. Leeks are currently of a good size growing on N2 Plot. With late sown carrots doing well, along with over wintering onions, Winter hardy spring onions and lambs lettuce producing a good crop and even a few strawberries in evidence, the next round of sowing and planting will be for next season. I ventured down to my plots this afternoon, not expecting to achieve much, after torrential rain for most of last night. Although the soil was quite sticky, I managed to fork over the final patch of ground on No 4 bed on N2 Plot, surprisingly the soil crumbled down nicely as I forked it over. After the bed had been forked I completed the broadcasting  of mustard seeds across this bed. All in all a pleasant warm afternoon, quite different to the moment, with rain lashing down and a massive thunder storm in progress, well it is Autumn after all.

THE PAST 12 MONTHS DOWN THE PLOT UPDATE (well most of it anyway)

October 2013
14th - Bed 3 N1 weeded and composted.
16th - Poly tunnel, ground prepped and mixed lettuce sown.
17th - N1 Plot No2 bed prepped and onion sets sown/planted.
18th - Summer raspberry plants being removed from N1 Plot.
19th - ----------------------"--------------------------------  Rubbish taken to re-cycling centre.
20th - Raining
21st - After overnight rain worked in shed, rotavator repairs.
24th - Shed roof repair N1 Plot. Shelling runner beans, Removing more raspberry canes.
25th - Rotavator repairs. (heavy overnight rain with standing water on bed 2 N2.
26th - Rhubarb manured along with bed 2 N2.
27th - Potting up blackcurrants.
28th - L-shaped bed N1 Plot weeded after heavy overnight rain.
29th - Removing raspberry plants from N1 Plot. (rain and hail).
30th - Last of raspberry plants lifted N1. Final pumpkins harvested.
November 2013
2nd - Weeding and clearing leaves on drainage ditch bank.
3rd - Rain.
4th - Rain.
5th - Cleaning canes and tools.
6th - 7th - 8th - 9th - Rain.
10th - Runner beans and canes removed N1 Plot.
11th - Rain.
12th - Tidied plots, 2nd batch of onion sets sown/planted, shelling beans.
13th - Topping up raised beds with soil.
15th - Installing water barrels, cleaning canes.
16th - Broad beans sown.
17th to 28th Rained.
30th - Digging L-shaped bed N1 Plot.
December 2013
3rd - Digging L-shaped bed N1 Plot.
5th - L-shaped bed finished, clearing fallen leaves.
18th - Checked plots for flooding.
27th - Checked plots for flooding.
28th - Tidied plots checked for damage.
January 2014
1st - Rain
2nd - Checked plots, composted this years brassica bed.
February 2014
7th - Checked plots for flooding.
15th - Checked plots for flooding.
19th - After 2 dry sunny days, dug runner bean trenches and turned compost heaps.
22nd - Worked in poly tunnel, runner beans potted up.
March 2014 
1st - Potting up.
2nd - Potting up.
5th - 6th - 7th - 8th Digging roots bed N1 Plot.
10th - Thinned onions/leeks N1 Plot.
11th - Some poly tunnel repairs.
12th - Main bed N2 Plot weed clearing.
13th - Main bed N2 Plot weed clearing.
14th - Weeding N1 Plot.
15th - Strimming grass, rotavating, weeding, potting.
16th - Rotavating, sowing peas.
17th - Forking over top bed N1 Plot.
18th - Potting, lettuce and tomatoes sown.
19th - Potting, sowing.
20th - Forking over top bed N1 Plot.
21st - ------------"------------------
22nd - -----------"------------------
23rd - -----------"------------------
24th - ------------"-----------------
25th - Top bed N1 Plot finished.
26th - Digging small beds N2 Plot.
27th - -----------"----------------
28th - Working on raised beds, potting brassicas.
29th - Digging small beds N2 Plot.
31st - Removing grass paths N2 Plot.
April 2014
1st - Weeding raspberry bed N2 Plot. Removing grass paths N2.
2nd - Removing grass paths N2. Tidying another plot ready for renting out to new tennant.
3rd - Sowing peas a.m. rain p.m.
4th - Sowing peas, leeks lifted, roots bed prepped.
5th - Top 2 beds N1 Plot & L-shaped bed prepped.
6th - Strawberry bed weeded and hoed.
7th - Carrots & lettuce sown.
8th - Bed 3 N1 Plot digging.
9th - Bed 3 finished.
10th - Weeded potato bed N2 Plot & extended its length by 4 feet by removing turf from parking area.
11th - Digging potato bed N2.
12th - ----------"------------
13th - ----------"------------ beetroot sown.
14th - Peas, runner beans, cucumbers & marrows sown.
15th - Digging potato bed N2.
16th - Finished potato bed digging.
17th - Strimming grass, rotavated potato bed. 
18th - Potato planting.
22nd - Turned 4th bed N1 Plot.
23rd - Potting (rain)
24th - Grass mowing, Asparagus weeded, spare potato tubers planted N1 Plot.
25th - Seed sowing, potting.
26th - General weeding.
27th - More peas sown, shed tidied.
28th - Potting, weeding/hoeing poly tunnel.
29th - Potting.
30th - Seed sowing, thinned onions. (first birds ground feeding).
May 2014
1st - Seed sowing. Installing a salvaged water tank.
2nd - Runner bean canes installed. Lettuce, leeks sown.
6th - Watering, weeding, seed sowing.
7th -  Digging L-shaped bed, cabbage & parsnips sown. Rotavator obtained from re-cycling centre.
8th - Watering, installed more water butts.
9th - Rotavating, runner beans planted, marrows planted.
10th - Potting beans, edging beds, water butts maintenance.
11th - Peas filled in, more runner beans planted, more potato planting, earthing up potatoes.
12th - Leeks sown, sweetcorn sown.
13th - Watering, evening.
14th - Wigwams erected N2, lettuce sown.
15th - Squashes planted, poly tunnel weeded.
16th - Strawberry bed weeded.
24th - Squashes sown, courgettes sown.
25th - Old leeks removed, weeding.
26th - Marrows planted, weeding/digging small beds N2.
27th - Weeding/digging small beds N2 Plot.
29th - Weeding roots bed N1, thinned beetroots, earthed up carrots.
30th - Weeding & hoing various beds.
June 2014
1st - Potting, sowing peas, weeding.
3rd - Sowing cucumber seeds into pots.
4th - Poly tunnel work. Digging 2 bed N2 removing creeping thistle roots.
5th - Removing creeping thistle roots N2.
6th - Pak-choi sown, removing creeping thistle roots N2.
7th - Digging, weeding fruit bed area N1.
8th - Potting fruit bushes.
10th - Clearing drainage ditch bank, edging beds N2 Plot.
11th - Clearing weeds under fruit bushes, edging N2.
12th - Hoed L-shaped bed, french beans planted N2.
16th - Roots bed N1 hoed, rotavator maintenance, tomatoes pinched out, watering (evening).
17th - Squash & Cucumbers planted out, more runner bean plants added.
18th - Removed 1 grass path from N1 Plot, watering, filled main water tank again with drainage ditch water.
19th - Brassica bed hoed, cabbage seed sown.
20th - Removed another grass path N2 Plot, rubbish to re-cycling centre, cleaned rotavator.
21st - Watering, more cucumbers sown, re-filled water butts with drainage ditch water.
22nd - Filling water tanks and butts with drainage ditch water.
23rd - Obtained some re-cycled fence post (for fruit cage), removed another grass path N2.
24th - Sowed carrots into raised bed, re-filled main water tank.
25th - Lifted Japanese onions, watering. Everything is very dry, peas struggling to grow.
27th - Weeding & spuddling.
28th - Started erecting the fruit cage N1 Plot. Prepping new strawberry bed. Some rain.
29th - Prepping and marking out the new strawberry bed and fruit cage measurements.
30th- Building fruit cage.
July 2014
1st - Building fruit cage, watering (evenings)
2nd - -------"---------
3rd - -------"---------
4th - -------"---------
5th - -------"---------, harvesting various, transplanting leeks.
6th - Thinning & weeding.
7th - Building fruit cage, lifting strawberry plants ready for moving into fruit cage, harvesting.
8th - --------"---------, harvesting. (light rain).
9th - --------"---------.
10th - Fruit cage finished.
11th - Removed grass path N1 Plot, harvesting, re-filled main water tank.
12th - Major harvesting session.
13th - General tidy up of plots.
14th - Hoeing N2.
15th - Removing wooden edging N2.
16th - Removing grass paths & turf N1.
17th - Lifted carrots, harvesting, removing grass path N1, prepping soil inside fruit cage.
18th - Applying preserver to fruit cage woodwork.
19th - Harvesting, laying ground cover inside fruit cage.
20th - Moving alpine strawberry plants into fruit cage.
21st - Cabbage plants thinned out, watering (evening).
22nd - More strawberry plants moved into fruit cage.
23rd -Thinned out more cabbage plants, more lettuce sown.
24th - First potatoes lifted, more strawberry plants moved into fruit cage, watering.
29th - Watering.
30th - Digging N2 Plot, harvesting.
31st - Finished digging N2, pea plants removed, harvesting.
August 2014
1st - Rubbish removal to re-cycling centre, sheds cleaned up, (overnight rain).
2nd - Rotavating N2, more potatoes lifted.
3rd - Marrows, courgettes, squashes harvested.
4th - Asparagus bed weeded and hoed, lifted more potatoes.
5th - More waste taken to re-cycling centre, working in poly tunnel, (some rain).
6th - Weeding and digging top area of N2, welsh onions split and re-planted.
7th - Leek growing area weeded, removed more wooden edging N2, digging over lower end of N2.
8th - Harvesting, lifting more potatoes.
10th - Lifting potatoes, (some rain).
11th - Lifting potatoes.
12th - Re- prepping and digging main potato bed N2 Plot.
13th - Finished prepping potato bed N2, old strawberry bed digging.
14th - Gooseberry bush pruning.
15th to 19th - Digging N2 bed.
20th - N2 bed finished digging, harvesting.
21st - Removing more wooden edging N2 Plot, lifting and moving corms, digging strawberry bed.
22nd - Corms re-planted, removing couch grass N2 Plot.
23rd - Removing grass path and wooden edging N1 Plot.
24th - Finishing off preserver on fruit cage.
26th - Re-designing edging @ top of N1 Plot by the allotment road, lifting potatoes.
27th - -------------------"------------------, harvesting.
28th - Lifted carrots, edging beds.
29th - Edging.
30th - Edging, rotavator maintenance.
31st - Edging finished, grass mowing.
September 2014
1st - Re-designing edging @ top of N1 Plot.
2nd - Covered potato bed N2, Brassica bed weeded, rotavating.
3rd - Harvesting, old strawberry bed rotavated.
4th - More potatoes lifted, digging L-shaped bed N1, removing brambles from drainage ditch bank.
5th - Weeding, hoeing, painting garden furniture.
6th - Shed painting, carrots sown N2.
7th - Rubbish to re-cycling centre, sowed lettuce & spring onions.
8th - Onion sets planted, daffs & tulip bulbs planted, shed tidied.
9th - Weeding, sweetcorn plants removed, 1 red currant bush removed from fruit cage.
10th - Weeding, lifting potatoes.
11th - More tulip bulbs planted, (lettuce showing within 5 days).
12th - Weeding, concrete blocks positioned inside fruit cage as edging along the ground covers.
13th - More daff bulbs planted, edging beds.
15th - Weeding, turning 2 bed N2.
16th - Shed painting.
18th - Edging, watering.
19th - Edging.
20th to 28th Clearing out the drainage ditch and its banks, mud from ditch spread on 1 bed N1 Plot.
29th - Weeding & watering.
30th - Edging beds, broad beans & onion seed sown.
October 2014
3rd - Top part of N2 (now bed 4) being forked over.
4th - ----------------------"------------------------, sown with mustard.
12th - Compost heaps turned, usable compost removed for spreading on various beds.
16th -  Remainder of bed 4 N2 forked over and mustard sown.

There's Always Tomorrow!!


  1. Wow you have been busy - you need a break - it's a good job that we have seasons.

    1. I've been taking it easy for the past few weeks (hence the late reply). Hopefully next season will be leisurely now that the 2 plots are re-designed into 5 larger beds + the L-shaped one and I've got a good rotavator instead of digging.


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