Thursday, 22 January 2009

Planting on the Plot!

Sneaked up to the plot today to plant a couple of fruit bushes. The first and larger one was the Red Currant from Victoriana nurseries, while the smaller one was the Black Currant bush purchased from Wilko's last summer. Both bushes are covered in buds and look healthy. Lets hope we get a large and tasty crop from these bushes this summer. I'm thinking about investing in a few more fruit bushes, especially as they are so cheap at this time of the year.
As you are all aware, I'm getting married saturday, so no more updates till next week.
Hope you are enjoying your plots too, the growing season is almost upon us.

Take care all,


Wednesday, 21 January 2009

Frosty again !

Morning all,
I'm guessing that like me you awoke to a covering of ground frost.

I had hoped to put in an appearance at the plot this morning, to plant up my Red & Black currant bushes. Hopefully we will see the frost thaw out quite soon, and maybe I can do some planting this afternoon.

BTW, Happy Birthday Roxy ! 21 Again eh ?


Sunday, 18 January 2009

Ouch - My back hurts!

One week on from all that digging, and my back is just beginning to recover! There's been no activity on the plot this week, due mainly to having to work for a living, and with our wedding next saturday, it's not likely that much will get done this week either! I recently purchased a Red Currant Bush (v. Rondom) from Victoriana Nurseries in Challock, and will have to plant this in the next couple of days. The next time i will be here, I will be a married man ! Hehehe, it's exciting. Hope you'll come back soon for more update. 'Till then,


Sunday, 11 January 2009

Digging in the new year.

Happy New Year all, and welcome back to Reads Allotment Retreat. Time and tide wait for no man, and with a busy schedule in the next couple of weeks (wedding!) I thought I'd better get cracking with the digging. Luckily WTB bought me a new digging spade for Christmas, and it was well and truly christened today! First job was to complete the digging over of the first spud bed, that was started about 3 weeks ago. Despite the recent frosty weather it was not that hard going, the ground was easily dug and the bed finished within the hour. After sharing a cuppa with Joe and a couple of other visitors, I got on with the second bed. After umming and aaaring about how to do this one, I decided to set about removing the top 4" soil/grass/weeds, to gain me a bit of time in preperation. Also, by doing the work this way, I was able to use the removed turves to form a makeshift windbreak (see top left of picture). It's only about a foot high, but I needed something, and as this is completely free I have nothing to lose. Any shelter is better than no shelter , surely ? Still a lot more digging required here !
The other good news today is that a fellow plotholder "Bob" has offered to weld a new long handle to the blade of my broken spade - what a gent! A lot of people seem to be using these on their plots , and they seem to make the initial digging a bit easier. I'll let you know how I get on with that.
The tatties that I ordered are due for delivery at the end of January, a timely reminder of the work still to do to get ready for planting. Maybe I'll get another visit in before the wedding - we'll see!
That's all for now, hope to see you again soon.


Sunday, 4 January 2009

Happy New Year

A quick note to all my readers and contributors!

Have a good one folks.