Saturday, October 21, 2006

Long time no post.

Due to a variety of personal problem that I won't go into here, the volkstuintje and this blog has gone down a touch in priorities.

Normal service to be resumed as soon a possible.

Sunday, September 17, 2006

Big Plans!

This is how I'm going to plan my beds and paths and things.

It's by no means concrete and are always subject to change, but the main thing is I have something on paper to refer to instead of looking at a piece of ground and simply winging it.

All dimensions are approximates because instead of using a tape measure I paced it out. Clicking on the image should increase it.



Two of the biggest changes will be a shelter and a new and improved compost heap in the corner of the Southish and Westish sides. Hopefully another major change will be more veg and less weeds!

The Northish half of the plot is pretty much in place as is the Eastish, all I really need to do there is blag some wood to define the borders.

Friday, September 08, 2006

Mildew!!

One member of the Allotments UK forum, going by the name of organic has informed me that I appear to have mildew on my leaves, here is the post in full.


don't mean to be disheartening but your pumpkin leaves appear to have powdery mildrew

Products containing the following chemicals are effective against this :

Myclobutanil

Penconazole

Flutriafol

the organic way would mean taking all infected leaves of but it doesn't look like you have any that aren't. so probably would kill it

prevention

Ensure plants have adequate water, especially those in containers.

Keep roots moist by incorporating organic matter in autumn and applying mulches in spring.

Avoid overcrowding plants or thin out crowded growth, to give good air circulation and minimise humidity.

Don't give susceptible plants too much nitrogen-rich fertiliser because this encourages sappy growth which is more susceptible to fungi.



What organic didn't realise, that after harvesting The Accidental Pumpkin, more stems have since grown from the plant and more fruit and leaves are appearing, so I have been able to prune away the affected leaves.
Thanks organic for the advice.

Tuesday, September 05, 2006

More Accidental Pumpkins?

Since harvesting The Accidental Pumpkin a couple of weeks ago (my girlfriend makes a mean pumpkin soup and also a pumpkin and rice bake type thing with goat cheese) there seems to be two with the possiblity of another one fruit developing from new stems that have grown from the main plant.

Here's hoping they grow up big and strong like the last one.

Getting hungry just thinking about it.

Wednesday, August 23, 2006

Photies!

Below, hopefully, are some photies of the weed patch, erm, plot.
Clicking on images will enlarge them.

The Accidental Pumpkin




Compare this photo with the next one. It has been taken in roughly the same spot and same angle as the other. This is the view we get now the willow trees are gone, councils, don't you just love them...

2003

2006

Sunday, August 20, 2006

Spanish Chard?!

I don't know how this happened, but somehow I've managed to call my Swiss Chard Spanish Chard.

My apologies to any Swiss offended, I should have checked their passports...

Saturday, August 05, 2006

Just A Quick Post...

... to say that today after checking my germinating seeds, that I planted my Beetroot, Spanish Chard and Cabbage Lettuce.

The Beetroot and Spanish Chard were already sprouting, but the Cabbage Lettuce were not, but they went in anyway. It's the nothing ventured nothing gained time.

Also started germinating my Curly Kail, will probably plant them during the week.