My Plot

Plot 46, Burnside Allotments, Cambridge

Tuesday, August 29, 2006

It's been ages!!!

Hello everyone -

I am offering my profuse apologies for not posting for absolutely ages. You know how it is - deadlines to meet, dogs to house train, holidays to go on - not to mention the undergardener and his shenannigans. I have worked out that I have from now until January to get the whole 3 plots ship shape before I (hopefully start my next course) Why is it that dry weather only shrivels that plants you want to eat rather than the weeds?

Here are some pics of what has been keeping me away from the plot: Buddy (after he rolled in deer poo)

No this isn't the undergardener -
A cute looking inmate at Monkey world (Dorset)

Francis practicing civil engineering at Studland Bay

Chloe on her way to Australia!

I am away to a wedding at the weekend in Cornwall so I probably will not get to the plot until next week as I have a wedding jewellery commission to finish before then so I will update you soon.
One of my creations!

Sunday, July 09, 2006

leek flowers

The leeks have thrown up flowers so I cut them all and then took them home and put them in a vase. I suppose I should have really waited and saved the seed but so far I haven't got into the seed saving lark - perhaps I will when time is not so limited, I am struggling to keep on top of the weeds and sow the things I should be - never mind next year will be different......

I have managed to get to the plot quite a bit over the past few days.

I have sowed some mizuna, giant mustard leaves, salad bowl lettuce and 3 rows of radishes.

Planted leeks, sprouting broccoli, brussels sprouts, kale and chard. I know it is late for some of the seedlings but I recon if I water and feed them well they might be alright. I also transplanted some rhubarb and put it into the the bed where the garlic was and the rhubarb that I transplanted last year. If I had not moved it it would have been doomed as it was growing next to the shed that is due for demolishing. I split up the crowns planted them spread tou more, put some pelleted chicken manure around them and watered them well so hopefully they will be happier than they were and produce lots of lovely rhubarb next year. Posted by Picasa


A picture of my son modelling the new topiary greenhouse - You've got to give the bindweed something to do - I thought it should be creative - best of all I didn't have to do anything! Posted by Picasa

Rhubarb rhubarb

Look what I found in the rhubarb patch!

Buddy seemed to think this was the place to be after I had removed all the garlic bulbs. They all got rust but I cut all the leaves off and took the outer layers of leaf from round the bulbs and they look ok. Hopefully they will store well. Posted by Picasa

One year on...

We have had our main plot for a year now.

This is what the plot looked like in May 2005

And this is what it looked like one year on

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Saturday, June 24, 2006


It has been so long since I posted to the blog - thought I'd do a quick update - weeds weeds and more weeds! they are everywhere, and although I haven't been able to go to the plot recently, I have been sending the undergardener armed with a watering can - and he has done an admirable job of watering - however lateral thinking is not his strong point and the idea of pulling out weeds whilst he was walking past them obviously didn't occur. To say that I was shocked when I visited the plot today is an understatement!

I Have not been to the plot for the past few weeks as we had a new member of our family arrive - He's black, has four legs and is extremely cute!

We have now taken him to the plot - or rather the under gardener has when he went watering but not weeding, and he has been very good, not running off, staying near, and not eating many of the plants which he rather partial to - perhaps I can train him to weed!

This is a picture of myself - the Head Gardener with dog and produce which we picked this morning.

Onions - Unwins earlies (pick and use straight away - no good for storing) Broad beans, the first potatoes we have dug and a cucumber. - Guess what we're having for dinner tonight!

Friday, May 19, 2006

Greenhouse update

Stuff growing like mad in the greenhouse, I have so much to put out into the beds - unfortunately I haven't had much time over the last few weeks as the last 4 weekends I have been either busy or away. I am on holiday over Whitsun so I can see another mammoth plot blitz coming on! Posted by Picasa

Weeds Weeds everywhere

As you can see it is difficult to see where the beds are - there are so many weeds! Posted by Picasa

Radish Scarlet Globe - yummy! Posted by Picasa


A picture of the first harvest of radishes which were grown in the greenhouse - I also sowed 3 rows outside under fleece and we have nearly polished off these also - Now I need to sow some more Posted by Picasa

Long time no see...

Not only have I been busy - almost too busy to post anything to the blog - but so have the weeds! - busy growing. This is a view of the plot looking very overgrown and weedy - mind you we have just invested in a petrol strimmer so that we can zap the weeds between the beds, and have had a go - Things are looking tidier. Posted by Picasa

Monday, April 17, 2006

Eggs from the hens - the lightest (top) is from Edwina, the brown one is from Florentine and the darker cream on is from Pepper. We are now getting three eggs per day, Tracey and Caramel still aren't laying. Posted by Picasa

And the top of the DVD player makes a great heated propogator! Posted by Picasa

The patio window make a great place to start seedlings! Posted by Picasa

The first radish out of the greenhouse - small but very tasty! Posted by Picasa

Chloe's sunflowers just staring to grow Posted by Picasa

The left hand plot from the bottom Posted by Picasa

The left hand plot from the top Posted by Picasa

A view of the three plots Posted by Picasa
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