Tuesday, December 29
Saturday, December 26
Wednesday, December 23
Tuesday, December 22
Also see video clip on our weather blog here
Saturday, December 19
Thursday, December 17
Thompson and Morgan's last order date for guaranteed Christmas gift delivery is 9.00am Saturday 19th December.
The photo below shows our allotment site as it was last summer.
Using the clues in the photo I would guess that this was taken in June 2009.
Why June? Looking really closely at the photograph I can make out a brightly coloured patch just where we had a bed of Sweet Williams and these were in full flower in June. Click on the photo for a larger image. and see if you can find them.
- a long row of carrots covered with enviromesh,
- the yellow carpet of poached egg plants (limnanthes) growing under the roses
South is the bottom of the photo.
There are aerial and bird's eye photos of our site from different years on our web site. Click here to view.
Tuesday, December 15
Friday, December 11
The most common varieties are £2.99 for a bulb. (I'm not a happy bunny as they are two of the bulbs we bought last month).
They also have some more exotic varieties from £4.99 - I'm tempted but my house could end up looking like a jungle. If you do succumb to temptation then send me a picture of your flowers so I can enjoy from a distance!
- Just a general quality of life choice
- For health and the quality of food
- Enjoyment of gardening
- To avoid pesticides
Thursday, December 10
I may just be becoming obsessive but that's what happens when you can't really get out in the garden.
Little things assume major importance.
This isn't, however such a little thing - just look at my sister's amaryllis (I've now settled on calling it this even if it isn't officially accurate) now! This is after just three weeks.
Not that I am giving up without a fight in the first to get a flower competition.
Both my bulbs now have buds shooting and one of them now has two.
My sister's is a red variety and I have a pink and a white variety. Probably red ones just grow quicker - any excuse!
Read the posts below and here if you are suffering from plant growing withdrawal symptoms and are becoming just as obssessive as me and want to follow the saga.
Tuesday, December 8
They are offering a free bulb of Amaryllis Evergreen - shown here - when you order a gift from them. The offer ends at midnight of 13 December (Sunday).
Click here for more details
They also have a discount on Amaryllis Christmas Carol shown below click here for details
Monday, December 7
December announced its arrival with the first real frost of the year. For the past couple of years this wintery event has followed very close on from bonfire night and has ended our alpine strawberry season.
All is fairly quiet on the allotment site when we pay a visit to collect the weekly vegetable supply. The first entry in my December diary is now posted on my website here.
Much gardening is confined to indoors and our fairly newly planted hippeastrum/amaryllis bulbs are growing well, one having produced a bud - well if you look really closely a bulb is just beginning to emerge.
Sunday, December 6
Friday, December 4
Tuesday, December 1
Monday, November 30
Friday, November 27
Nemesia still sported flowers and the French marigolds and cosmos also had albeit small flowers.
Monday, November 23
Fortunately the only damage – if it can be called that – caused on the plot by the gales was the environmesh being blown off the carrots. We have so far escaped lightly. I just hope that isn’t tempting fate too much.
Click here for the latest diary entry and the larger version of our November photo album
Sunday, November 22
Wednesday, November 18
Tuesday, November 17
This year instead of leaving all the dahlias planted in the ground, most have been dug and placed in a heap. The tubers have been covered with straw to hopefully keep the frost out. A large sheet of black polythene covers the whole thing. This not only keeps out the rain but helps increase the temperature underneath. Click here for more.
Beetroot have also been dug and placed in between the rows of carrots which will be left in the ground until required. Like the dahlia tubers, these have been covered with straw. The environmesh that has protected the carrots from carrot fly has been left in place. We have stored carrots in this way for a few years now and it seems to work really well, however it is a first for the beetroot. Click here for more information.
Click here for the November diary update.
Monday, November 16
I am changing these as soon as I come across them but some are difficult to spot so please let me know if you find any bad links either on my blogs or websites so that I can deal with them.
Sunday, November 15
Wednesday, November 11
Tuesday, November 10
A new month and it seems like an entirely different country. Autumn now seems to be heading inexorably towards winter as posts in our weather blog show.
It was really just a flying visit to the plot to harvest a few vegetables and make sure plants in the greenhouse had sufficient water. We didn’t even stop for coffee which must have been a first. There is still a bit of weeding that needs to be done but the pull to be outside wasn’t as strong this week.
Monday, November 9
Today after a week away from the plot we spent the afternoon there and I now have a puzzle to solve which is where the fungi expert would come in.
I took a photo of some fungi growing in the grass - it's just the sort of thing I tend to do. About a couple of hours later I noticed that the 'umbrellas' had changed colour and had a bluish tinge. Maybe a sign that if you eat one in a couple of hours your will be very ill or worse.
Can anyone solve the mystery for me and identify the chameleon fungi pictured below. The before is at the top and the after is underneath!
Click on any of the images to view a larger version.
Sunday, November 8
For anyone interested, (just in case for some reason you may shortly be buying gifts), they can be accessed here and here. Other ideas can be accessed from our shopping pages here.
And I haven't even mentioned the dreaded C word!!!
Saturday, November 7
Click here to read more about this offer from Thompson & Morgan
Monday, November 2
We still haven’t had a frost to either sweeten the parsnips or knock back the dahlias so this week half of the dahlias have been cut down and removed along with the ornamental gourds that were growing amongst them. The gourds have been very prolific with some looking exactly like an edible squash variety but we won’t be risking eating any. Dahlia tops have been piled on the compost heap but the question now is what to do with several dozen ornamental gourds?
To read the complete entry for the last week in our October diary click here
To read about how the weather has affected us this week visit our new weather blog here
Saturday, October 31
This way you can keep an eye on the most recent posts made on both of these blogs.
The Green Lane Allotments Weather Diary concentrates on weather records taken in our garden and the effcts that the weather has on our plot and activities.
The School Vegetable Patch focuses on gardening with children especially in a school environment but it has articles that would also be useful to adult gardeners or those who garden with children at home. This blog links to our School Vegetable Patch website just as this blog links to Our Plot at Green Lane Allotments website
Direct links are also given to all these areas on the sidebar of all our blogs. We hope that you find your way around.
Wednesday, October 28
Tuesday, October 27
"The little hog you brought in is doing well now, and since being wormed and had a course of antibiotics is now putting on weight and should begin to thrive.
We have had 13 brought in over the last three days so it has been a bit hectic".
So it was all worth it.
Monday, October 26
At the beginning of the week our car became a hedgehog ambulance. Our September diary featured a video of two baby hedgehogs spotted in our garden. As these were obviously late babies I have been keeping watch for them. I was worried that they wouldn’t make the weight - 600g - needed for successful hibernation. One was spotted in our garden last week and ended up having an unexpected journey to a new home.
Saturday, October 24
Yesterday one decided to take a bath in my coffee. When weeding it is advisable to keep your mouth firmly shut and only breathe when absolutely necessary.
As soon as any type of plant is gently touched clouds of these tiny moth like insects rise into the air. It seems this is very much the pest of the moment but what do you know about these tiny invaders? Click here to read what I have managed to find out. There seems to be lots of ideas for how we may try to control if not eliminate these pests but do any of them work? If you have any tried and tested methods for control on food crops then please share.
Wednesday, October 21
Tuesday, October 20
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