Tuesday, 5 March 2013

Allotment Tuesday!!

So, I've just been dropped off at the allotment!!! What an hour!!! Looks like its gonna be the warmest day of the year so far though so it should be worth it. Nice steaming hot pile of manure to be whacking in our compost bins!!

And I'm all good to go with the rotovator and the plants I've recently bought (asparagus, rhubarb, raspberrys, blackberrys, red currants and a couple of trees) and all the onion sets, garlic and potatoes!

So before I nip into town while it warms up a little and get me a wind up radio to keep me company all day, here's today's before picture! Catcha later!!

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Sunday, 3 March 2013

Amaryllis antics!

Well it's been a busy week and I've gotta admit I've not had a chance to spend time on the allotment which is a shame as its been such nice weather!! But I have been out and about an it's nice to see things getting moving now that the suns back out! Saw these in a local park...

And I've also just invested in a new set of wheels to ferry myself and my many many harvests to and from the allotment!!

Finally...I bought 10 massive amaryllis bulbs from the Christmas markets in manchester for £10....only one of them has flowered so far

But the rest are all very close, one has just put out a fourth flowering stem so I have high expectations!! Hopefully an update on the allotment later this week as I should be able to spend some time there and there's loads I need to do!

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Sunday, 24 February 2013

Allotment update!!

So, not really had a chance to do much in the last week, but here's a few quick pics of the allotment from last time we were there.

We've rotovated about a fifth of it so far and the bits that we have rotovated are actually looking pretty decent, and the soil is decent.

I'd originally hoped to get it all rotovated by march before I got planting but that's evidently not gonna happen - its a much bigger job than anticipated and we just keep finding more and more rubbish underneath and several layers of carpet (to any of you with allotment, don't ever lay carpet down unless you intend to remove it before the next tenant!). I've got several fruit bushes (blackberry and raspberrys) and some asparagus and rhubarb plants that desperately need planting so I'm gonna try and at least get those in this week and maybe some parsnips sown, and then I can get on with some more rotovating.

In the meantime.....here's a lovely amaryllis that's just come into bloom! The first of around 10 I planted in January! Nice to have a bit of spring colour. It's not that far away folks!

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Wednesday, 30 January 2013

I downloaded the app!!

So it's been a while since I've done an update....ok, a couple of years!!! But after a frantic year of plant science at university, finding it really wasn't for me (I like growing and looking at them too much to analyse 'why!'), and reapplying to do accounting in September....I figured I need to get back to the garden!

Last year I grew some cool stuff in our teeny back yard (maybe 10 x 10ft) but in October, we decided to embark on...an allotment!!! At present we're still waiting for a decent weekends weather to get it rotovated and ready but in the meantime, the seed box has been organised and I'm ready and raring to grow!

Will get some pictures uploaded as soon as I work out how - I'm currently computerless, and hoping to get one soon, but for now I'm blogging from the app on my phone!

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Location:Home sweet home!

Friday, 9 April 2010

Just Seeing If This Works!

Ok, so currently sat outside with laptop just chilling on this
gorgeous evening with the flamethrowers lit and radio 1 playing, but
just though I'd try blogging from my phone with a pic I just took on
it. I love these warm evenings, so nice to chill outside. Fingers
crossed it works, and here's to many more warm evenings!

Tuesday, 6 April 2010

Where On Earth Have You Been?

Well I did mention when first starting this blog that I've never managed to keep it up for more than a few months, and I'm not on for breaking traditions! None-the-less, a few months is better than nothing. Wide range of reasons why I haven't posted for an age - things have been very busy for the past 6/8 months, lots of stuff happening and going on, plus have lots of studying to do, plus last year I kind of lost motivation towards the end if I'm honest.

So this year, I'm going to (try) and have a more varied, lower maintenance garden. While growing a garden completely full of 'tropical' plants can be a great escape and very dramatic, it is also very hard work, and when England simple doesn't provide the decent Summer we'd all love, things are never quite as fab as you want them to be. So like I said, am going to be aiming to include more hardy plants now in the garden, as well as easier to grow annuals and the like, so that hopefully the motivation levels remain high for the entire season! And hopefully help me not to lose so many plants over Winter as well, but let's not go there ;) lol

That isn't, of course, to say I'll be giving up the tropical completely - I'll still be growing some of the easier to care for and colourful plants, and I've already got 3 Brugmansias and a Canna 'Musifolia Grande' on order from Jungle Plants, which I'm looking forward to watching burst into growth this Summer, as even in the pretty crummy Summer last year, the Bruggie kept growing and flowering for me. Brownie points for him!

So, the past few weeks I've been getting busy again in the garden, full of another burst of motivation, so keep checking in for (hopefully) regular posts once again! And here's a few pics of what's been going in this Spring so far and how things are looking, just so you can track the progress over the year.

Sunday, 4 October 2009


Hey all,

Sorry for not blogging for an AGE, I can't use the fact that it's been a busy Summer as an excuse because I've had a couple of months of it off, but there's definitely been a lot of thinking and a lot of stuff on my mind! (Sadly not about the garden, mind!)

Anyway...just a quickie, I'll get around to doing a few update full length posts soon, but just thought I'd give you all a link to the youtube video I did with pictures of our holiday to Madeira this Summer. Hope you enjoy it, I did!!!

Madeira 2009

Will be back soon with more blogging ;)