Thursday, 3 July 2014

My sad news

I'm sorry I haven't been posting recently, but sadly my brother passed away recently and his funeral is tomorrow, so we have to travel to London to attend.  I have so much to post but obviously don't feel up to it at the moment, but will do so next week.

The cutting bed I planted on the allotment looks so amazing and all grown from seed so I'm looking forward to some lovely flowers this year.  I'm going to cut some for my brothers funeral and take a posy for him tomorrow.

I hope you readers are all well and enjoying your plots and gardens.

M xxxxx


Sunday, 4 May 2014

Everything's growing well

So far this year most of my seeds that I sowed have come on really well, I say most as my Asters didn't come up at all.  They were old and out of date so that could have been the reason although I have grown out of date seeds before with good results.

Here's a few of the things doing well so far

Broad beans growing fast and need to be put in the ground very soon as they are getting leggy


My cut and come again mixed salad leaves, can't wait to start cutting these !




 Herbs mostly from last year and probably needing to be re-potted with fresh compost I only hope I don't find any vine weevils ! The bane of my gardening life !!

T


 My first successful growing of Ranunculus , I only hope they grow into healthy plants as I love them and they are expensive to buy.


 Courgette plants the variety is 'Zuccini' love courgettes so can't wait to harvest these

These are the many Zinnias I'm growing for my cutting patch at the allotment and some for the garden. 


That's about it and still plenty of things sown which haven't appeared yet, such as runner beans, early French beans and squashes .  The butternut squashes have grown are are coming on well as are the chillies, and tomatoes 

Wednesday, 30 April 2014

Has anyone frozen cabbage ?

Morning all ! I have a question ! Has anyone frozen cabbage ? I have rather a lot of lovely cabbages on the plot and the slugs are having a grand feast.  I want to save as many as possible and would like to freeze some.  Has anyone had success doing this ? If so please let me know.

Many thanks ! I'm off to do more digging now :(.  Three and a half hours yesterday left me with aching muscles that I didn't know I had.  It was worth it though as my fruit bed is looking better. It was so full of weeds.  I also thinned out the dastardly raspberries which are so invasive.

WARNING to anyone new to GYO  don't put raspberry canes anywhere where you don't want them to spread into other beds as they will !  and with a vengeance . I know they are easy to pull up if spotted but they are a pain .

Have a great day

M xxx

Saturday, 26 April 2014

I think I need a new layout for this blog !

Its late ! I should be thinking about going to bed, but instead here I am thinking about changing my blog layout.  I'm tired of the way it looks and would like to simplify it , change the text, and I'm a bit frustrated with using my iPad to write the posts. As much as I love the iPad I have to admit that my laptop is better for the job.  So on Monday I'm going to use the laptop and try some different layouts.

I've missed blogging and reading all your blogs as well.  I love doing my Upcycling of furniture and all my crafts and its extra money, but I had forgotten how much I looked forward to writing my posts and reading yours . I have been very busy though and if you take a look here you will see why.

https://www.facebook.com/MosFurnitureUpcyclingThePast?ref=hl

Hopefully the link works but if not just enter it on Facebook if you use it that is ! As its a Facebook page.

I've been looking at some of my photo's from last year on the plot and I'm looking forward to getting my cutting patch up and running again.










I'm off to bed now as I have a busy weekend ahead with my two little grandchildren here for a sleepover always good fun but very tiring ! Why do children get up sooo early ?  Could be because unlike myself they go to bed early.

Night night  xxx


Friday, 25 April 2014

The Cut Flower Patch - A book review

I've been meaning  to do this review for a while now, but I'm having trouble uploading photo's from my iPad so I have finally found time to fiddle around with the photo's today.

If like myself you are planning or already have a cut flower patch on your allotment or in the garden this book is great ! It has a wealth of advice and marvellous photo's to inspire and encourage you.
Last year I grew dahlias, Zinnias, cosmos and sweet Williams.  I had cut flowers for the house all summer and into autumn with thenZinnias and Dahlias.  This year I want to plan it better and have a larger variety which includes foliage as a backdrop to my displays.  I'm really looking forward to following the advice in the book.

The book is written by Louise Curley, photography by Jason Ingram and published by
Frances Lincoln Limited.  The price is UK £20 but I have a discount code for my readers to purchase it for £16 including the postage.
Here's the details

To order The Cut Flower Patch at the discounted price of £16.00 including p&p  (RRP: £20 
telephone 01903 828503 or email mailorders@lbsltd.co.uk and quote the offer code APG101. 

Alternatively, send a cheque made payable to: 
LBS Mail Order Department, Littlehampton Book Services, PO Box 4264, Worthing, West Sussex, BN13 3RB

Please quote the offer code APG101 and include your name and address details. 
*UK ONLY - Please add £2.50 if ordering from overseas.











A New season on plot 30

Isn't it great when the seeds start popping out of the compost ?  My broad beans, courgettes, butternut squash,  and numerous flower and herb seeds are all doing well and its so exciting to be starting this year after such terrible weather.  The bitter cold and rain has put most of us behind this year, but its amazing how things catch up with a few sunny days.

By the way don't forget to visit Victoriana  Nurseries for all your gardening needs. I've just had a look at the website and it's all looking good. There is a link on the side of this page which takes you straight there. I've had several plants over the years I've had my allotment,  and they have all done well, especially my thornless Tayberry  ! It's been amazing even through my move from plot 19 to plot 30 last year.  I had a sneaky look at how the new plot owner was getting on, and I must have left a bit of root from the Tayberry in the ground over at plot 19 !  as he has a nice plant growing in the same place and it's looking very healthy.







Monday, 17 February 2014

A long overdue book review

 I have been meaning to review this Allotment book since the end of last year ! And feel bad that I haven't.  But today I made it priority.

If you already have an Allotment, or are considering taking one on ! This is a brilliant book. Its I formative , funny and laid back rather than being formal and sometimes formal is boring.
Ok some bits are a bit OTT  such as 'Camp on your plot '  a definite no go if its local council owned, but funny and interesting never the less.

There is an introduction by my favourite gardener Alys Fowler and in her words :  Don't leave this book at home: its one to to sit in the allotment shed and jot notes in, and there are plenty of pages to do just that.

I know I'm reviewing it, but I can honestly say its worth buying a copy and I'm glad I have one. Don't take my word for it ! Have a look at a copy and I'm sure you will agree its very different to the usual Allotment books.

I would add shop around as the price differs in each shop, garden centre, and online.
If you do buy a copy I'd love to know what you think.