Monday, 15 March 2010

Down with the kids...

A little bit of help on Saturday from my two girls... Ellis and Abby.  

Abby helpfully planted the broad beans whilst Ellis was industriously scavenging for netting to cover the onion sets. Great to be out in the open air and both really enjoyed it.

Next job is to finish digging the plot, get some ground cover for the un-cultivated half of the allotment and get the shallots in before the end of March. 

Saturday, 6 March 2010

dig for victory...!

Becks gives it some wellie!!

Much progress at the allotment today - having dug the ground up two weeks ago, a period of dry(ish) weather has dried out the ground and much digging and raking could be done. 

A rough plan is to have a patch for onions and garlic, potatoes, peas and beans, parsnips, carrots and beetroot, and purple sprouting brocolli. With radishes, courgettes and rhubarb placed around the site.  We're also going to plant sweet peas and sunflowers which we've already germinated at home. 
Onion and garlic sets going in...

... and covered to stop the birds getting them (the pigeons I mean, not these two....)

Getting started...

This is the story of our allotment in Smethwick, in the West Midlands.

Starting from an overgrown jungle of dock weeds, mare's tail and various unidentified grasses, we hope to be able to blog the story of the site's transformation into a well stocked kitchen garden.

This is our urban allotment!