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Andy’s Strawberry Plants - Elsanta

Monday, April 23rd, 2012

I purchased 30 bare root Elsanta strawberry plants from Unwins, many weeks ago, (just under a tenner!) and I’ve been waiting for the allotment to dry out, to plant them out, but I could not wait any longer, so I hope they enjoy boggy waterlogged ground!

To mitigate the risk of failure, I’ve planted 10 plants in an old shipping crate, used to deliver a very heavy UPS, and 20 plants at the allotment.

So today, I planted them out, it was like digging wholes in the sand at the beach, when they tide has just gone out!

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More April Showers on Andy’s Allotment!

Wednesday, April 18th, 2012

rhubarb, rhubarb, rhubarb, it’s still damn raining, and the allotment is disappearing under more water, I’ve planted my comfrey, rhubarb and horse raddish. But the ground is far too wet, to plant my potatoes, onions, garlic and shallots, they will just rot in the ground.

My strawberry plants and asparagus corns have arrived, I’m not sure when I’ll get these planted now as the allotment is too wet, and looking at the weather forecasts, rain until Saturday!

here are some more photographs of the allotment developing…

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April Showers on Andy’s Allotment!

Thursday, April 12th, 2012

the weather has been terrible, and we’ve been plagued with heavy showers, I was waiting for the ground to settle, now I’ll be waiting for it to dry out…or maybe a rice paddy or water cress?

looks like planting will have to wait, the allotments, are rather wet……



andysallotment-april122012-3I have planted something, I’ve moved some Comfrey “Bocking 14″, up to the allotment plot, but must move my rhubarb and raspberry canes up shortly, if the ground is not to wet.

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Andy’s Allotment Easter 2012 Update

Saturday, April 7th, 2012

I’ve been preparing the ground on the allotment, which measures 20m x 5m. Breaking the soil, weeding and removing stones and tree roots.

(it burns off those Easter Eggs!)

Ready for me to plant, potatoes, white and red onions, shallots, garlic, carrots, beetroot, horse radish, asparagus, raspberries,  strawberries, goji berries, rhubarb - just a few things to get me started.

Here are some photographs, of my progress so far…

Andy's Allotment on 21 March 2012

Andy's Allotment on 21 March 2012

In the super, summer week in March, the allotment looked like this! But I was a little busy, to prepare the ground.

Andy's Allotment on 4 April 2012

Andy's Allotment on 4 April 2012

April showers, we did not have heavy snow as forecast, just missed out, bit it left the allotments very wet!

Andy's Allotment on 5 April 2012

Andy's Allotment on 5 April 2012

Start of preparing the gound…

Andy's Allotment on 7a April 2012

Andy's Allotment Start of 7 April 2012

Ploughed the day before…

Andy's Allotment on 7 April 2012

Andy's Allotment End of 7 April 2012

finally tilled….I’m waiting for the ground to dry out before creating my trenches for potatoes and asparagus.

A funny picture, this is Plot 2, it shows how wet the allotments have been..

Plot 2 next to my allotment! see how wet it is!

Plot 2 next to my allotment! see how wet it is!

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Andy’s Allotment

Wednesday, March 21st, 2012

These are pictures of My Allotment, Plot 1 at Gravel Pit Allotments.




Hopefully, can do something like this again…

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Laying turf at the allotments…

Saturday, March 17th, 2012

Building up my muscles and burning off some fat…..laying turf at the allotments

head over to the site and check it out

We’ve received 5 pallets of turf from Inturf, 326 rolls, we’ve been laying now for 2 days…

Day 1 - Turf Arrives

Day 1 - Empty Field

Day 2 - End of Day

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Andysworld! Advent Calendar - Dec 9 - Gravel Pit Allotment Association site

Friday, December 9th, 2011

Just before it started to snow today, at approx 2pm, I was taking pictures of the Gravel Pit Allotment Association Site, which I believe, and I’m now a Trustee off, as we our a Registered Charity. The top soil has raised the level, we are currently waiting for the top soil to settle.

it was a lovely day, and I went for a quick walk with my new Wellington Boots!

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Andysworld! Advent Calendar - Dec 1 - New Wellington Boots

Thursday, December 1st, 2011

Twenty-four days until Christmas 2011, so lets treat you to a blog a day! the Andysworld! Advent Calendar! (just without the chocolates!).

My Wellingtons Boots or Wellies for many years, have been in a very sorry state,  they’ve split and leak!

So with my Birthday money from Family and Friends (Thank You!), I’ve purchased a new pair of Hunter wellies - Hunter Argyll Short Knee Wellington Boots.

I did not purchase from Hunter, but a local business in Yorkshire TotallyWellies.Co.Uk.

Old and New Wellington Boots

Old and New Wellington Boots

I had to get the Short Knee version, because as Lindsey, said “you’ve got fat little legs” - I just look like “Compo”  now!

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Community Allotments in the shire! - £24,000 has been secured from the Big Lottery Fund’s Local Food scheme

Friday, August 5th, 2011

I’m not sure, if I had, told many people, because I had a “gagging order”, but now I can say, “We are delighted to announce that a grant of almost £24,000 has been secured from the Big Lottery Fund’s Local Food scheme and we can now begin to action the plans for community allotments in the village……”

read more here at the Gravel Pit Allotments Website

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Welcome to my New Secret Garden

Wednesday, November 10th, 2010

Lets say the magic word - “Herbidacious”, and welcome to my New Secret Garden …

           Entrance to my Secret Garden

I’m very fortunate, I’ve been after some land, to grow vegetables on for a while, we still await the outcome of funding for our local allotment association.

A neighbour in the hamlet has kindly agreeded to let me have part of the garden to cultivate and grow vegetables, because the garden is very large and it’s too much for them to maintain. This area of the garden used to be culivated and used as a vegetable plot, 10 years ago.

I’m very excited, don’t know, when I’ll find the time, but it’s very close to where I live. It’s going to be a lot of work, but follow the journey here, it starts now…but well worth it I’m sure.

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