Monday, April 21, 2008

Rain, rain go away!

Am I the only one wishing the weather would get better! When it's nice it's great but I keep having to run for cover when we get a sudden downpour. Last year at this time we were still in the process of creating the plot from the wasteland that we inherited, we are much further on in the season compared with then but it always feels like I'm chasing my own tail trying to get on with sowing seeds and digging new beds on plot 2. Don't get me wrong, I am loving it (mostly!) and the tantrums I had every time we tried to dig out a 20 foot long weed root are now much, much less (much to D's relief!).

I've had a few MARATHON session up at the plot, last Monday I spent 7 hours digging and sorting things out and it was great. Man's best friend was with me and loved it too (I think), he tends to warn anyone who gets too close to the plot that it is his domain but if they did get too close he'd only lick them to death! He spent most of his time on the parcel shelf of the open boot in the car lapping up the spring sunshine

Tuesday and Wednesday saw me up at the plot after work for a couple of hours each time, I spent an hour or so putting up the 2 rows of bean canes ready for our bumper crops of runner, French and Borlotti beans. I'm not going to grow as many runners this year, we had SO many last year that I couldn't give them away quick enough and there is only so much runner bean chutney you can make (mind you it's bloomin lovely stuff).



On plot 2 I managed to get in the rest of the onion sets in, we now have 2 beds containing a mixture of Stuttgarter (120 sets) Red Karmen (54 sets) and Sturon (64 sets) giving us a grand total of 238 onions in total, a couple of weeks ago Monty Don said on 'Gardener's World' that onions were expected to be in short supply this year pushing the price up so make sure you plant loads, I think I've gone mad but we do use a lot of onion at home.

I've got loads of jobs to get on with, I'm about to build a portable brassica cage from wooden battens and netting which will cover an entire bed, it should make it a lot easier to weed the beds as it will be easy to lift on and off as opposed to the set up we have now where we stake netting into the ground all around the bed. The pricking out and sowing season is threatening to taking over most of our house at the moment, our window sills are completely covered in young plants, I could do with early retirement to cope with this growing your own malarkey!!!

12 comments:

suffolk outlaw said...

Wow! it looks sooooo great! You have done so much since we were down at Easter ! xx

glosterwomble said...

Yaaaaaayyy, the first comment from my 'mother in law' !! Thank you so much Mrs. Outlaw, it is looking better now, lots of hard work especially by D!

Jo said...

Rain, rain go away? Every picture you post is of glorious sunshine! Now, if you lived up here in Yorkshire! Mind you, I think we're forcast a decent week, it's been lovely here today.

Your plot is looking great, as usual. My window sills are also full to bursting, and I don't have an allotment, yet!

Jo.

glosterwomble said...

Yes Jo you're right the pics do look like sun, sun, sun but then 5 mins later it poured down. Thanks for the nice comments about the plot! GW x

coffeeandapplepie said...

Hi gloucesterwomble! Great blog! Your allotment looks fantastic! Makes you feel better when it looks smart. As Arnie says...I'll be back! (sorry-cheesy)

cat x

glosterwomble said...

Thanks 'coffeandapplepie' glad you like the blog, not seen yours before so I will have an explore of it this weekend, thanks for the link, I'll put one for you on my blog.

vegmonkey said...

Hiya, your spot looks amazing~! I am still on the list for an allotment but am hoping to get one soon - i'll be using yours as an example!

glosterwomble said...

Thanks VM, which site in Cheltenham are you waiting for?

goodmorninggloucester said...

Greetings from Gloucester Massachusetts, USA

I don't think we have anything like allotments over here. It's a very cool concept.

I do a little blog about daily life on the docks of Gloucester, Mass.

Check it out if you would like.

glosterwomble said...

How cool, a comment posted from across the pond by someone at the 'other' Gloucester, thanks for your comment. I'll have a look at your blog to see how different Gloucester docks in the USA are to our own Gloucester docks!

Amy said...

Wow, the plot looks great! I can't believe you managed a 7 hour visit, I usually loose heart after the 5th hour and retreat home for chocolate...

I got my plot last year too and it really does feel like a race to clear the weeds before you need to plant something in. In many ways I am relieved that spring has come so late, it gave me some extra time to get the ground clear.

Hope you get some sun this weekend :)

glosterwomble said...

Thanks for your lovely comments Amy, it does sometimes feel like an ongoing battle but it is worth it!