Beautiful Spring day today, I was able to spend most of the day on the allotment, I even persuaded youngest S.Barry to come out and paint the shed. He is just starting here but got it all done in double quick time. The two plastic bags are protecting the 2 Goji berry bushes which are covered in leaves and I did not want any mishaps with them!
I sowed carrots in the barrel in the greenhouse, again Amsterdam 3 Sprint. I am hoping to have an early crop of carrots before the outdoor ones are ready?!I filled the lower half of the barrel with spent compost from last year and just put new compost on the top layer with a handful of Fish,blood & bone.
Kathryn spent Sunday turning over and picking stones off last years squash & pumpkin bed as this year it is going to house roots ie: carrots & parsnips.
I spent today making a new bed (on left of scarecrow).This was a potato bed last year but had not been boxed in. I did that today and dug it over thoroughly because the idea of raised beds is to eventually not have to dig them just turn them over lightly.There were loads of scutch grass roots to pull out and I cleaned it as much as possible.
This will house another onion bed, with a row of red onions and space for a row of leeks later on in the season.
back home in the plastic greenhouse:
Beetroot planted 2 seeds to a peat pot is up.
Lettuce has been transplanted from seed tray to pots, these will go into the greenhouse on the allotment before the tomatoes go in.
Incas tomatoes which were repotted a few days ago. They were covered up to the bottom set of leaves and are now well clear of the compost again.
The pot of salad leaves are putting in an appearance.These are to have some salad pickings before the lettuce are ready.
Cabbage needs to be transplanted from the seed tray ASAP!
Hen House finally put together awaiting its first residents!The ground has been raked over and composted. I was waiting for milder weather to put down grass seed but while blog surfing in search of hen facts I came across Allotment #65 who has just taken 4 hens on board. The henhouse over there is enviable but I was delighted to find turf rolls had been used with bark mulch which will shorten the waiting time considerably for me.I will be getting rolls of turf on friday and we should be in business much sooner than anticipated!