Monthly Archives: December 2013

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Seed album

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I’ve tried all sorts of different ways to store my precious seeds over the years. Shoe boxes, tin boxes, padded envelopes, drawers, everything. I like to be organised. So far the best way for me has been an old photo album.

I wasn’t keen on boxes as the seeds fell out of packets and I couldn’t organise them to be in order, drawers were the same. But a photo album, so far, is pretty good.

It’s good as you can organise your seeds on order of months for planting… And my husband calls me a control freak, I’m not, I just like to have everything in order and neat. 🙂

Photo albums are pretty cheap too, not many people use them anymore, see I’m always thinking!

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Working out next seasons planting

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Last night, G&T in hand, I slowly started working out what needs to go where on the allotment next spring. I have a gardening note book with crop rotations in from 2010 it’s lovely to see what I have planted over the years. Goodness only knows where the past 10 years of other rotations have gone! I work on a four year rotation: salad/free bed, onions/roots, Legumes, Brassica. And they follow each around my plot, never planting in the same spot, well, apart from things like Raspberries etc.

I could plan it all out on a spread sheet or one of those fancy Gardening Apps but there’s a kind of mediation to drawing it out and colouring it in. Whilst your drawing a line your mind can think about what crops should go where, it feels more grounded to me.

This is how I do it anyway, I like doing it like this, but everyone works in a different way. So now it’s time to sort through my seeds and see what I need.

Yipppeeee spring is coming!

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Home made Christmas

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Whilst I was pruning the fruit trees I thought I’d weave a few little Christmas stars to hang on our tree. Then I got carried away and started to attach all sorts of other seed heads and bits and bobs.

It was loads of fun and felt like a lovely way to celebrate this wintery celebration. The nice thing is our tree looks amazing, naturally beautiful without a single bit of tinsel in sight!

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What’s been happening?

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Sorry I haven’t been around the past couple of weeks, I have been busy. Each year I help with a toy appeal in my area, to ensure that kids in my area all get some toys on Christmas day. Its heart breaking to think some kids get nothing as their parents simply don’t have enough money to spare. Well this year I sorted it out so each child will be getting loads, it was my most successful one and I feel so proud.

So after doing 13hr shifts at work and running around doing my own families shopping I can finally relax. All the toys have been dropped off at the various charities and have been wrapped and ready to go!

I have been keeping busy though on the allotment, usually in the dark! I put my Broad beans in November and they are finally poking through. The soil was still reasonably warm so with the help of a make shift cloche to protect them from the 90 mph winds – here they are!

To be honest I’m shocked it stood up to the wind but it did! Each year you learn how to make your constructions a tiny bit better. Also you find out a little bit more on which seeds to use at what time of the year. These are over wintering beans they are called ‘Aquadulce Claudia’ AGM. They grow long green pods filled with lush big beans, Which can be sown in spring or autumn and take about 25 weeks to pod up! Nice to keep some parts of my allotment busy through the winter, whilst I thumb through seed catalogues and dream up next years planting scheme.

Here’s a picture of my home made cloche, just after I made it and a month on, you can see the broad beans just poking through!