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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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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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Aubergines and Chillies

Wednesday, June 22nd, 2011

We cook with a lot of aubergines and chillies, so why not grown your own. I’ve had success for many years with growing chillies, but never had aubergines plants fruit, I think it’s been too cold in the plastic greenhouse, so these seem to be doing well in the porch, which gets to temperatures at 46 degrees C in the sunshine!

Chilli plant

Chilli plant

Aubergine or Eggplant for our International visitors

Aubergine or Eggplant for our International visitors

Aubergine or Eggplant for our International visitors

Aubergine or Eggplant for our International visitors

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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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Andys Secret Garden

Sunday, November 7th, 2010

Maybe this deserves a new blog, but I’ll keep it here, coming soon …

Andys Secret Garden pictures shortly…

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Pestilence & Disease

Sunday, August 16th, 2009

This is why we don’t see many plums each year, the birds start to peck at my plums, and then the wasps come and finish them off!

wasps eating my victoria plums

wasps eating my victoria plums

click for a closer high resolution view - if you dare!

another close-up of wasps on my plums

another close-up of wasps on my plums

and then my tomatoe plants got struck by bl**dy blight!

tomatoe blight

tomatoe blight

My tomatoe plants have been doing very well this year outside, but in the last few five days, with the cooler, wetter weather, it looks like all my cordon varietys have been struck by blight!

Damn it!

Oh well, there’s always next year!

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Summer Harvest

Sunday, August 16th, 2009

Un-earthed some more potatoes for tea this evening, this crop is from two tubers, planted in different bags.

and I thought I better pick me plums off the tree, we have an old victoria plum tree in the front garden, it’s very old, some people in the village think it was planted before the house was built, and the house was built in 1862! The plum tree is now crooked and hollow, and the number of plums it delivers each year dwindles now!

victoria plums

victoria plums

Some I’m surprised that this year, I’ve manged to save as many as this.

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Automated Water Irrigation System

Sunday, May 31st, 2009

I had hoped to plant-out my tomatoe plants today, but I spent much of the hot afternoon installing my Hozelock automatic water irrigation system, now that the frosts have gone (fingers crossed), I don’t leave them out all year, and store them in the shed, after October to protect from frosts.

 

Hozelock AC4 and AC1+ Garden Water Timers

Hozelock AC4 and AC1+ Garden Water Timers

The Hozelock AC4 and AC1+ have since been discontinued, (probably available new and used from eBay.), but newer models are available which do the same thing. I have two different models which automatically water the plants at the top and bottom (greenhouse), early morning at 7am and late evening 8pm for an hour. It takes me a while to setup, because I have to drape the water dripper pipe around the base of the blue berry and goji berry bushes. I use two drippers per 18″ pot for my blueberry bushes, I’ve noticed that blueberry bushes “drink” alot, and it’s very important to keep the plants moist in this hot weather to avoid crop loss.

 

Hozelock 4mm pipe around the base of blueberry bush

Hozelock 4mm pipe around the base of blueberry bush

The new style Hozelock, quick water irrigation system is much easier to install with potted plants, I also have three of them. I’ll post some pictures, when I set them up, in the greenhouse.

 

Hozelock 4mm pipe around the base of blueberry bush

Hozelock 4mm pipe around the base of blueberry bush

You can see the drippers in this photograph.

 

Hozelock 4mm pipe around the base of tomatoe plants

Hozelock 4mm pipe around the base of tomatoe plants

I’ve used a John Guest on/off ball valve (yes, John Guest fittings work on this pipe as well!), to turn off the water if I need to. Oh I think these tomatoe plants have had it, I planted them out early under glass cloches, only problem is over the last two days, with the heat, I think it’s killed them!

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Cheap Multi-purpose compost

Sunday, May 24th, 2009

When you use as much compost as I do, (I’ve already used 500 litres of homemade from the compost heap and now it’s empty) it’s always nice to be able to find a cheap bulk supply of multi-purpose compost. I’ve been visting the local independant garden centres, chains and DIY stores, the best deal around seem to be 3 (three) 75 litres bags for £12, of one brand of the other. I then  notice this offer from Wickes, 4 (four) 75 litres bags for £11.74 (which makes me think, I think the garden centres are ripping us off, because the bags would have been marked up with £12 before the VAT cut to 15%!. So four bags were dumped into the back of the car. I thought it was a good deal anyway.

Wickes Multi-Purpose Compost

Wickes Multi-Purpose Compost

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Gravel Pit Allotments Association

Sunday, May 17th, 2009

Gravel Pit Allotments Association Home Page

Gravel Pit Allotments Association Home Page

I’ve been a bit busy recently with the development of a new website for the newly formed Allotment Association in my parish. The allotment association calls itself Gravel Pit Allotments Association because it’s hoped the site will be developed on a field called Gravel Pit field. You can read what we’ve all been up to here on the website Gravel Pit Allotments Association.

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