Thursday, 12 July 2007

Wanna see my onions?

Here they are. Starting to grow well. The "stems" are about an inch thick, some less, some more. A few of them are even starting to swell and look like onions. Crazy stuff!

The peas. They're growing at various rates, a few have flowers now which you can just about make out from the photo...

Runner beans are doing pretty much the same thing. Some seem to be able to grab hold of teh cane and climb without problems, some need a little more coaxing. I also planted some sprouts (or they could be cauliflowers) in between three of the uprights. I have no idea why, just inspiration took hold - that or sheer madness!

The courgettes that I planted out, are starting to show real signs of growth - finally! I think I can even spy a few flowers in there. Fancy that! They're the bush variety so shouldn't trail accross the ground too much - but then again...

"Once upon a time my lad, all this was strawberries...."

Well, the green bit at the back was. Unfortunately the weeds have taken hold. Bindweed is rife and I think I'll have to save what I can in terms of strawberry plants and lift them for next year. The get rid of the weeds.....

Planted a few brussuls sprouts too. Having heard horrow stories about pigeon attacks, I fenced them in with chicken wire, and hung a load of blank CD's from bamboos. Hopefully it'll keep them off until they're big enough to fend for themselves.

Overall though, I think things are starting to actually take shape, and it's starting to look like a proper allotment. Waddya reckon?


Anonymous said...

Tell you what: if you were a limited company I'd invest in you (if I'd any money, that is). You're doing really well,mate!

Happy days,


digger said...

As an allotmenteer of many years standing I must say you are doing very well indeed. Just remember to manure well each year and feed the little blighters regularly throughout the season. One other point you may consider if you have the area is to rotate crops...Divvy up the plot into five more or less equal sizes and leave one plot fallow each year. This allows you to rotate cropping (which prevents a build up of disease carrying infections e.g. potato blight pea and bean scab etc).Excellent investment is the Royal Hort. Soc. gardening book. Happy digging