Diary 2014

Thwarted by rain

I should be careful what I wish for! My allotment plans have been thwarted by the rain and I am stuck in the flat tidying the kitchen and bedroom. Both things I really dislike doing! I wanted to get the navy bed finished & saffron bulbs planted out in it […]

Squash tally

I gave the plot the promised soaking yesterday as the rain we had didn’t get far down. I’ve taken all the deformed leaves & flower stalks off the runners, and there were more normal ones there than I thought, so perhaps it won’t be catastrophic. One plant had to be […]

Squash and bean conundrums

Another quick trip up just to water all pots. I’ll need to give the whole plot a really good soaking on Friday if it doesn’t rain on Wednesday as forecast. Hand pollinated a Potimarron and bagged another for tomorrow, though I couldn’t see any male flowers to use. At least […]

Tackling to-do lists

Most of this weekend was spent either away or trying to hang the new telly on the wall. It’s a bit high, but hopefully we’ll get used to the cricks in our necks… Nearly everything has been done from my to-do list, bar the digging and putting black plastic under the […]

More squash geekery

Pinching out the growing tips on the main vine.  There are a lot of recommendations online about this. I’ve not tried it before but when the slugs ate the growing […]

Squash geekery

Up early to water and some digging. My plug plants should arrive soon and will need a home – though the swedes should have been with me on Friday and appear to be missing in the post. I am half-way through the navy bed. After the recent rain it is […]

Summer’s here

It’s been swelteringly hot and most days I go up just to water. There’s not been much time for anything else while Small Child has been with us. I’ve filled the hotbin with the remains of the manure pile (fresh delivery later that day as per s*d’s law) and it […]

Very quick trip up last night, accompanied by 2 girls who were more intent on watering their feet than the plants… Picked 2 tubs of juicy, sweet blackberries, a big bunch of sweetpeas and was donated a patty pan squash from a neighbour – I’ve tried unsuccessfully to grow them […]