Archive for 2013

  • All done with the digging!

    Beds dug and mulchedSince getting to the halfway point earlier in May, I’ve been popping across to the allotment as much as time will allow and doing more digging and clearing. The weather (thankfully!) has been good, a little too hot at times, and intermingled with occassional rainfall. Finally, after much mopping of a sweaty brow and achey shoulder and back, the final digging and clearing of the beds is complete. The final two beds have now been mulched and are all ready for planting up soon. All the cow manure which has rotted well has been used on the beds too. The first two beds mulched and completed a few short weeks ago, have held the moisture in well. There are a few little weeds popping up on the beds, mainly Fat Hen, but these are very easy to pull out of the mulch when at the second leaves stage. Before planting up, I’ll do a quick weed, then give it a gently hoe in places to break up the larger clumps of manure.

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  • The end of may

    • Front garden

      Front garden

    • Foxgloves

      Foxgloves

    • Greenfly munchers

      Ladybird Larvae

    A busy month indeed. The allotment is coming along well, and feel like I am starting to see the end of the tunnel with all the digging to prepare the new no-dig beds. The weather has been rather good at times, warming up the soil too, and both the back courtyard and the small front garden are growing well too.
    There’s been lots of potting on of my vegetable youngsters and am trying to juggle space both inside and out to keep them all happy.

    The courtyard has been a buzz throughout the month. I’d left the remainder of the purple sprouting broccoli to go to flower, and have had the delight of watching numerous species of bees and hoverflies visiting the courtyard. The bee that caught my attention the most, was the delightful  Hairy-Footed Flower Bee which I wrote about here (and managed to catch a quick audio recording too!) Also the foxgloves are now out in the courtyard (raised from seed from my previous garden) and the bees are busy on those too. I’ve never done a garden with raised beds for the plants and flowers before, and I’ve been enjoying the difference of sounds from the visiting buzzy friends. With the foxgloves raised up in the beds, the ‘tinny’ noise of the bees in the flowers is so much louder, and a lovely noise of their ‘buzzy busy-ness’ it is too.

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