Sunday 15th May 2022 – A day to unwind….

This weekend wasn’t as hectic as last weekend, but there was still a lot to do. Saturday was the usual shopping, bell ringing for someone’s wedding and then a bell ringing striking competition. There were 7 bands (teams) ringing and you get judged on how many mistakes you make. The fewer the better. I am pleased to report that the band I was ringing in came 1st!! Yay!! We got 37.5 faults, the band that came 2nd got 40 faults, so it was close. We get the special cup for a year.

Sunday, after a little bit more ringing…well it is Sunday morning…, I was back home and back out in the garden to unwind. I need some time in the garden at the weekend, it re sets my brain for the coming week.

I got loads done. Firstly I let the chickens out in the brassica cage and all 7 of them started to have dust baths. They huddle together in little groups. It’s bizarre as there is all that room, but they end up together.

I then watered the greenhouses where most things seem to be growing really well this year so far. More beans are popping through the compost so that’s great.

My parsnips this year, not one germinated. I’m not sure why. The seeds tend to only last a couple of years, so maybe they were old. So in their place I planted out some more Lettuce and some Spinach.

I planted out my Chard in a row next to some onions.

Lettuce, Spinach and Chard all need planting out in exactly the same way, so here’s a video on how I do mine….

And most of my Italian ParsleyI planted out in pots next to the herb patch. I still have a few plants left, but will plant that out somewhere else, most probably in a trough, as I have one in the greenhouse. The more you pick the more will grow.

A little bit more weeding and watering and then it was time for lunch.

After lunch it was then time to get my brassicas planted outside in the cage that the chickens like to play in. Now if the chickens had their way then they would eat all my brassicas in about 5 minutes, but I clearly don’t want that to happen. So the chickens are now back in their large run which is attached to their house, and the brassicas are playing in the playpen now.

Give the chickens a load of credit, the soil in that bed is so fine and beautiful. They’ve scratched it about and pooped a load of goodness on the soil, so that’ll help the brassicas grow. I got all my brassicas out the greenhouses and placed the trays in the cage before deciding where they all should go.

All brassicas need to be planted out in exactly the same way and here is a little video showing you how I do mine….

After tying the peas to their canes and a little more weeding and tidying it was time to start the BBQ. It’s our first one of the year and we were having sausages, chicken and ribs on it.

I’m planning on having loads more this summer, and eating outside in the garden when we can. The weather stayed dry right up to the very end when I was cooking the last slab of ribs. But it was only a few big blobs and nothing too heavy. Still I put on a light jacket just incase.

We are supposed to have rain and maybe thunder later tonight, but knowing the clouds they’ll decided to forget about us and float on by. I don’t know what it is about where we live, maybe because we’re right by the coast, but rain tends to miss us a lot of the time. You see it drifting over and get really excited, but them it goes “No, nothing for you today.” As long as the little we get tops up some of my butts then I don’t mind. It doesn’t take that much to fall as the roof is very large and it’s surprising how much collects.

FYI we didn’t get any rain over night, not even a drop, and therefore no thunder. We might get some Tuesday night instead.

Happy gardening and BBQing!

See you soon xxx

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3 Responses to Sunday 15th May 2022 – A day to unwind….

  1. NebraskaDave says:

    Claire, I’m so envious. Your garden looks amazing. We have been having very cold weather for spring here in Nebraska and then it started to rain, and then, and then, and then, it turned into hot summer conditions with record breaking temperatures. These are not the best conditions to try to garden. I did get potatoes and onions planted before the spring train wreck weather started so they have survived really well. Now it’s time to plant tomatoes, peppers, and cucumbers. Ach, more rain today. Can I send you some? I have a rain catch system in place from 1/4 of my roof. It fills my 450 gallon water tank with just three inches of rain. It’s been full since the beginning of May. I have used very little of the water. Every year for a gardener is challenging in different ways, don’t you think?

    Have a great weekend day in the garden.

    Nebraska Dave
    Urban Farmer

  2. Mabel says:

    Hi Claire
    Glad to see you posting on your blog. I’ve been waiting for your videos in YT. I hope to see a video update of your allotment soon.

    Our Guisian Homestead

    • Hi Mabel,
      Yes I’m still blogging regularly, although I usually only get to do most stuff in my garden at the weekend. I’m so busy at work during the week the time it takes to film, edit and upload videos, I just don’t have time at the moment. I’m also on Facebook and Twitter as I keep putting photos up of various things all are under Claire’s Allotment.
      Hope you have a fabulous season, and take care,
      Claire xx

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