This year I have taken on another plot while giving up my two smaller ones (although I’ve still got these until it comes to renewal in April). It’s been hard work to get the new plot into shape and as such the older plots have suffered. However that isn’t to say I haven’t had a successful year. (more…)
A quick tour of the new plot. I’ve made a lot of progress over the last couple of weeks and hopefully I should have another bed built in a few weeks time. Be sure to check out loldeantimber on eBay.
Progress has been slow due to various reasons, but since the last video, I’ve had a new shed. Next to the shed, I’ve cleared an area for a greenhouse. We’ve also been having a lot of break-ins on the site, so I’ve secured my shed the best I could and hopefully it will keep it a little more secure. And finally, I finished my first bed today.
It’s been a while since I last updated my blog. Things have been busy the last couple of weeks and the allotments have taken a back seat. Despite this, I have managed the odd hour or two down there keeping on top of things. (more…)
If you’ve been following me on twitter, you may have noticed a tweet last week about a new allotment. Well here it is…welcome to plot 10a.
It’s almost the end of May and the growing season is upon us. The plants in my cold frame are really coming on. The fruit cage has now got netting around it to stop the birds from eating the fruit. My peas were eaten by mice so I went to the garden centre and bought a few pots. My carrots are coming up nicely although a few went to seed. And finally my onions are doing fantastic.
My tomatoes and chillies have moved from the kitchen windowsill to their final positions; some in my old man’s greenhouse and some in the coldframe on the allotment. I’m growing three varieties of chillies, as mentioned here, and I’m also growing three varieties of tomatoes. These are Tigerella, Red Star (from the Heritage Seed Library a couple of years ago), and a variety called Tumbler for some hanging baskets on the allotment.
My plan was to spend the afternoon filming various things down the allotment. Unfortunately, the weather got in the way and cut things short.
I haven’t done a tour of the plot for a while, so on Sunday I took the opportunity to do a little filming and to show you around.
This year I have decided to grow three varieties of chillies; Mulato Isleno, Spike and Hotscotch. The Mulato Isleno and Spike varieties where both from Sea Spring Seeds while the Hotscotch variety was from Mr. Fothergill’s Seeds. The Mulato Isleno is a mild chilli that I want to use in my cooking and when ripe is a chocolate brown colour. Spike has a SHU around 97,000 which is perfect to make some chilli flakes. The Hotscotch variety is described as blazing hot habanera and scotch bonnet peppers with a fiery taste. Brilliant!
All three varieties were sown in the middle of February and left on the windowsill until last week when they were ready to pot on. I’ve decided to grow two of each variety this year, as last year I had too many and they overran my dads greenhouse. They will stay on the windowsill until the end of April and moved to either my dads greenhouse or in the cold frame on the allotment.