Saturday, 1 May 2010

Spring = hard work in The Allotment

It's a while since i've posted - just been so busy with work and working in The Allotment.

As you know we've been creating some pathways to mark out beds beds on The Allotment. The job was finished just after the washout that was Easter, and they look good, even if I do say so myself!

There are 6 beds so we can rotate between crop groups.

We've sown a large array of crops that include peas, bean (all sorts) carrots, parsnips, the usual brassicas, pumpkins and squash are on the go along with courgettes. 2nd early spuds are in with maincrop going in tomorrow. The greenhouse is packed with stuff in pots and trays - I knew we should have got a bigger one...

I have also made some compost bins - 3 in all so we can hoof stuff from one to another to speed up the composting process.

I've had all this wood sitting round under cover since we moved in more or less so its good to finally use it!

Since the rain this week - the first since Easter - everything has started to grow like crazy. I noticed a week or two that our little pond has a load of frog spawn in, now they are tadpoles. I did my schoolboy bit last year and collected some frog spawn which duly turned to froglets and the I assume, frogs. This year the spawn just appeared so it seems my cunning plan worked. Hopefully they'll help keep the slugs at bay a little.

The chooks are doing well with the Welsummer cockerel filling out a bit now. The earth they are on at the moment is bare but we are gradually reseeding it with a grass/clover mix. The recent rain means the new grass is shooting up.

Mimi the cat is honing her hunting skills. Tally so far is 6 voles and at least 2 shrews. No mice or rats yet... She loves curling up in the half-flower pot or under the grapevine in the greenhouse.

 Jasper has been enjoying the sun.

We are planning on getting 2 more pigs in mid-June and they'll go up in the top field, so we've got some fencing to do again. Luckily we have all the half-round posts and eleccy fencing from 2008 so we are OK on that front.

The sheep are losing their fleece now that the warmer weather is here. It comes off in great handfuls, useful for nesting birds who collect bits and pieces.

Well, that's about it for now. Lot's more pics soon!


  1. Wow, what big beds you have ;-) Looks like you have been very busy indeed, great recycling going on. Keep up the great work.

  2. Love your idea of having frogs to keep the slugs at bay, we keep finding them in the polytunnel; they are great at keeping the bugs at bay! Glad your allotment is coming along so well, looks like you put a lot of hard work into it :)