Monday, March 30
Sunday, March 29
Now is a good time to look out for bargains from nurseries and online plants-men. Many are selling off plants that remain after gardeners have completed their first main shop of the season. I have been on the look-out for some different varieties of hellebore and have just found the ideal collection at a bargain price which has been duly ordered. Many plants-men will send online newsletters to subscribers and many of these contain bargains that are not available to others.
Seed sowing has become a major activity this week. All so far have been sown in the garden greenhouse where we can keep a close eye on them. We have sown:
- Sweet peas – Perfume delight and Kings Special Mixture, both reputedly have a good scent and long stems which I think is the main attraction of sweet peas.
- Tomatoes – Moneymaker, Roma VF, Gardeners’ Delight Brandywine and Shirley. Just four seeds have been sown of each variety.
- Strawberry – Alpine Mignonette, this is a second variety to add to the alpine strawberries already growing on the plot.
- Leek – Autumn Giant and Giant Winter
- Broad bean – Witkiem Manita (no idea of how this is pronounced)
For the last of the entries in the March diary click here to read the full update for this week
Thursday, March 26
- Tracy lives very close to the site which means she is readily available.
- She and her family spend a lot of time on site which means she is always aware of what is happening.
- She has a mixed plot growing vegetables on 2/3s of her plot and keeping poultry on 1/3 this means she is in tune with the needs of those who garden AND those who just tend livestock.
- She takes a pride in her plot and everything she does either when growing or looking after her hens is of the highest standard.
- As she tends her animals and often entertains on her plot in the evening she is in an ideal position to check on site security and has been often alert to unwelcome visitors.
- Tracy's plot is a good example of how a plot should be managed and maintained and during her first year of having a plot, she won the prize for the newcomer to allotment gardening.
- Her plot and behaviour on site conform to that which is set down in the council's tenancy agreement.
- Tracy's children are regularly with her on site again giving her an insight into the needs of a young family.
- Tracy is young and enthusiastic - always being keen to learn how to do things better.
- The full and varied use that Tracy makes of her plot means she is in tune with the needs of all types of plot holders on Green Lane.
In the interest of fairness if anyone wishes to say why they support a different volunteer please post a comment. Any comments that are of an abusive nature will be removed so please keep comments sensible.
The council requests that any volunteers or nominations be sent to them by 3 April. If you have lost the form that was sent out by the council then email the allotments' officer. Either ask for a form or give your name or that of your nominee and the number of their plot (51 for Tracy) via email.
Monday, March 23
Wednesday, March 18
To read more from last week's March entry click here
Sunday, March 15
Any items for the agenda should be forwarded to Alastair by the 18th March.
Saturday, March 14
Monday, March 9
This week has been a mixed bag weatherwise. In the sunshine it has been quite a pleasure to be outside but at other times it has been bitterly cold with even a little sleet and hail. There have also been strong winds and just for a change some rain. The main jobs on the plot are still really tidying and constructing rather than any planting or sowing.
The March diary (click here) has been begun and hopefully will soon describe more action on the plot and in the garden than has taken place so far this year. Well gardening action anyway!!!