Saturday 2nd June 2012

When the sun came out this afternoon I took the opportunity to grab a bit of time down the allotment. There were loads of people down on site, it was a hive of activity. I was going to do some filming, and got the camera set up and ready to go and then discovered that there was hardly any battery left, I couldn’t even do 1. So that’ll have to wait until hopefully Tuesday. Even still I managed to get a huge amount of weeding done, and am starting to put leaf mould round the plants when I’ve watered them, to hopefully retain moisture and keep the weeds down. The after 2 hours I went home and we had Fajitas for dinner, yum yum!!

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4 Responses to Saturday 2nd June 2012

  1. worldsofdnd says:

    So glad I found this blog! My kids brought home some seeds in pots for runner beans, and I looked up what do with them, and discovered your video on planting beans, and using the twistys to help them climb the canes!

    Reading more on this blog has inspired me, and while I don’t have an allotment I do have quite a large garden, so tomorrow I intend on going out and digging an area over to be my fruit and vegetable patch!

    Do you have any advice on other vegetables and fruit that is good to start planting in the summer, which I could grow alongside the beans?

    The kids love Strawberrys too, so I would like to have a go at growing some too! Am I too late to plant these now?

    Keep up the great work on such a lovely inspirational blog!

    • I’m so glad you find my whitterings useful. You can apply the same principles to growing in your own garden, it’s just that it’s on a smaller scale.
      What I would suggest (as it’s a little too late to sow many seeds) is that you go to the garden centre and buy some plants. I would suggest, 3 or 4 tomatoes (try to get different varieties), a couple of courgettes, mixed lettuce, sweet corn if you can find it (baby corn is fun to grow), some strawberries and if you’ve got a wall or fence a thornless blackberry.
      Basically, plant what you like to eat. What I’ve suggested are all easy to grow and will give you a good amount of produce.
      If you have any question, just ask.
      Have fun,

  2. maritza says:

    Hi Claire, about a month ago I went to get horse manure, the lady said it was 2 years old and would be very good for the vegetables. What I wanted to know whether or not I can use it to plant some of my vegetables i.e: pumpkins, courgettes etc. You see because we have so much rain here in Scotland the pile was very very wet and lumpy, I remember seeing one of your videos preparing the beds for winter where you had a handful of manure and you put it very close to your face and to me it looked like bark. What should I do with the manure that I have in bags? should I keep it in those bags or should I leave it out? can I use it before I plant the vegetables? I did find it a little hard to spread it out in a couple of my beds because it was so wet. Again thank you for your help.

    • I would advise on not sowing the seeds directly into the manure, as it’s not sterile, and new seeds need sterile soil. Once they are large enough to plant in the soil then you can put some manure in the bottom of the hole, and then round the base of the plant. You can spread the manure all over the soil, put it round the base of beans, potatoes, anything really. It’ll work its way down in the soil to the roots. If you are able to gently fork it into the soil then do, but leaving on the surface will be fine.
      I hope that helps.

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