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You never know, it might grow...

Tuesday, April 18, 2006

Well, easter wasn't as productive as I would have liked it to be, although herself has helped with a lot of the planting, and will be doing even more when the bulb order arrives - I hope before the landlords do. It would be nice to say "Yes, there are fresias in there, but they've only just gone in." Having said that though, it's not like they'll be getting out a trowel and having a dig, is it? Most of the flowers we've got are for cutting - it's a big character flaw in me that I don't understand stuff that I can't harvest, so I'm being humoured. I've also got a couple of blueberry bushes coming too. I've plaited a load of the willow fence again, but there is one bit that I'm going to have to take to with a sharp iimplement. Even if only to stop the little beggars whipping me across the cheek when they don't fancy stying where I've put them!

To keep my spirits up here are some lists:

In the plot there is:-

Redcurrant
Whitecurrant
Blackcurrant
Gooseberry
Red Gooseberry
Raspberry
Alpine Strawberry
Strawberries
Greengage
Pears
Blackberries
Elder
Onions
Kale
Sprouting Brocoli
Nettles ;-)
Jerusalem Artichokes

To go in, we have:
Cherry Tomatoes
Black Tomatoes
Solanums
Corgettes
Aubergines
Peppers
Gherkins
Cucumbers
Lettuces
Leeks
Potatoes
Basil (in pots)
Sugar snaps
Mange tout
Sweetcorn
Squash
Carrots
Turnips
Nasturtiums
(I think that's it..)

Left to go in (i.e, still in the packet):
Amaranth
Quinoa
Oca
Melon

Another thing that always cheers me up is reading other people's blogs, and being part of the plot-online-world. Sorry to everyone who has left comments - I don't know how to add links to you yet, but I'll learn!

Thursday, April 06, 2006

It's Greg and Charlie's fault

So, I was watching Veg Out this morning on Discovery Real Time, and was astounded at the size of the Purple Sprouting Broccolli plants on there. Twice, I 've grown them now - and they've not got that big yet. maybe I need to restrain myself and stop eating the leaves. (With butter and nutmeg.)

I'm looking at brassicas (brassicae?) in general to be honest - I've
always been on the shy side as catterpillars do tend to munch
anything I leave alone for too long.
This year though, I have designs on a lovely little kale and
romanesco like this one....

As well as my PSB. I also know that herself will eat all of that - much to her suiprise! Let's see how she does with the Amaranth...

So, in an attempt to join the ranks of the great and good at http://sirlancsallot.blogspot.com and www.mytinyplot.co.uk, I've got myself a blog, and lo - here it the Plotyblog!

I'm in the process of getting my teeth into growing anything I feel like on the allotment that came with the house we rent. We've been here for almost a year and a half now, and it's taken this long for me to see the point of it. I know you can grow stuff, bu essentially, I'm a bit on the lazy side. Maybe it's harvesting my own kale all winter that converted me. Or finding the secret blackcurrant bushes...

Either way, you never know, something might grow.