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Friday, 25 February 2011


Been under the weather today , booking made for blood samples and I took a breath test at the pharmacy to check for Helicobacter pylori. 
The GP has given me some leaflets to read and indicated that it was treatable.

In any event with the crippling stomach cramps that happen as well , I couldn't do much today so I covered the seed beds to warm them up before I make use of them later.

I have started on the greenhouse,(only the base) and moved some of the roof tiles to be a path in the center. Did not have any tools to carry on building the rest , I guess that's a job for later!

Around the allotments, there are a few people starting to appear and make a start for the new year clearing and digging, hard to believe that March is on our doorstep already.

Tuesday, 22 February 2011


Greetings, This year I have decided to concentrate on just two types of well known potato's  - Maris Peer and King Edwards.

As you can see the Maris are ready to be planted this weekend, so fingers crossed for some semi OK weather ! Plus if it is good I am going to chance putting in a short row of Marrowfat peas as Mrs Seven adores them in mash !

Sunday, 13 February 2011

Poop !

Poop!, horse shite, Manure.
Call it what you will there is nothing better than it been FREE !

Free yes indeed. I and like many others dropped in to the allotment site yesterday morning to find a very helpful local chap who had some horses sitting in a small tipper truck wondering if we wanted his muck!

Well , after been dumped I think it took less than an hour to two whole loads of golden muck to be hefted away by everybody.

The community spirit as people filled barrows,bags and buckets was great , the sun was shining and soon the cold drinks were also out. What a great day.

Sunday, 6 February 2011

Feb Fun.

Seed bed. Not quite the bed I was hoping for on a cold morning, however out comes the spade,fork and rake and the start of the prep work for the spring months ahead.

This patch area pictured , had green manure last year that was cut down at the end of summer and covered over the winter. Dug over and left to break up for a few weeks and now had a final dig over and rake. It's a bit to early to get the seeds in as there is still frost and the ground is still cold and very wet.

I took a walk around the site and took some pictures and uploaded them on the Heath Road Caterham Allotment Blog. Why not take a look !