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Juliet and Marna are growing tasty thing
What's sproutin' 
13th-Apr-2009 11:49 pm

In The Ground are shallots (starting to appear), leeks (in varying stages, and transplanted to a more sensible place, paws crossed for their survival), some potatoes (terpomoj, in Esperanto) and early peas, broad beans (both getting going proper now).

In The Pots are tomatoes (two varieties, just sprouting), courgettes (two varieties), pak choi, creeping thyme for the pathways, carrots, parsnips and beetroots.

In The Planning (Ground) are maincrop terpomoj (should have been in this weekend but weather), sugarsnap peas, french beans, moar carrots and parsnips (might as well try to use the rest of the seed), leeks.

In The Planning (Pots) are butternut squish, sweetcorns.

In The Forgotten: TELL ME! I HAVE FORGOT!

In The Perennial: Rhubarb already yielded two harvests, rasps looking mental, bramble in world domination fight, strawbs all over the place (catsgomiaow and friend_of_tofu, would you like some runners? They won't give you more than a few berries this year, but should be properly productive next year), pear tree all ablossom and apple tree all abud, blackcurrant and blueberry budding. And we et the first sparrowguts. Some of it was bitter (say ppl - I think that was the taller stringier stuff) but mine was awesome.

In The Incedentials: Transplanted foxgloves all died! Under the apple tree is foxgloveland now, though - happy bees! Roses still not dead. Lavender gone all forest-like. Daffs daftly cheering in Feb. (I am planning to plant more this autumn.)

In The Beasts: New Beast: Red Velvet Mite. It is Friend. I do not *think* the asparagus beetles have appeared again yet, but we plan to live in harmony with them. Many cute slugs and snails in evidence - uon has been doing wrong to them, but later sending them to live in the comfrey. Ants have appeared. DETH TO ALL ANTS!

In The Fight Against Weed: boyofbadgers and uon and dogrando de-weeded awesome well, and the allotment is not more non than weed.

In The Deliciousness Of The Compost: We attacked the underbelly of the compost bin for nommies, and it did not disappoint! Rich and dark and teeming with worms and other creatures and smelling very fine indeed.

In The Potting Of Things: I have system! Empty juice tetrapaks (The tall sort, at least) can have one side cut off, and so become a structurally-sound, waterproof place to put tiny paper rolls of compost. A miniature whisky bottle is just the right size for rolling a small pot around. Southwark Life makes very good potting material. Larger-needing plants can have toilet rolls. I should photo them! I might wait until there's been more sprouting and germinating.

In The Naming Of Paragraphs I May Have Gotten Carried Away.
14th-Apr-2009 05:49 am (UTC)
Concerning beasts: I have not seen any asparagus beetles yet either. However, the asparagus shoots have clearly been nibbled by something, hence the clearance of molluscs and worryingly large caterpillars from the asparagus compound. There weren't as many of them this week, so clearly the tactics are working...
14th-Apr-2009 09:51 am (UTC)
Y'know, I will be a bit sad if there are no asparagus beetles. I have gotten quite fond of them. HEY! We could try feeding the ants to the asparagus beetles!
14th-Apr-2009 08:17 am (UTC)
Wow your allotment must be huge! How do you get rid of your ants? My raised beds are teaming with nasty red ones - but I don't have access to a supply of boiling water at the lotto to dead'em with.
14th-Apr-2009 09:45 am (UTC)
Oh, it's not very big at all. I think we grow small quantities of lots of things.

We can not get rid of the ants. The horrible things farm aphids on our crops and beat up our ladybirds. We do have the storm kettle, so could attempt to boiling-water them to death, but I think that their nests are many and deep and also they are sorta cool and I don't like killing any allotment beasts.
15th-Apr-2009 05:24 am (UTC)
Um. But if there are EVEN MORE of them this time, that's going to be a problem, no?

We consulted Bob Flowerdew already, didn't we? And he was not helpful.

15th-Apr-2009 07:51 am (UTC)
Let me know if you come across any good solutions. I have no qualms about killing the little bastards, only with using evil cbemicals to do so.
15th-Apr-2009 09:59 am (UTC)
All the solutions I have come across require nasties - even the so-called natural whatsits are not good for the soil or the plants, needing large amounts of clove oil or whatever.

Ooh, actually - looking about - ant nematode exists, which should not be nasty to the ground. I have no idea how effective it is.
27th-Apr-2009 05:36 pm (UTC)
Ooh, I am a fool and have carelessly forgotten to add this comm to my reading list! D'oh! Corrected now.

THANK YOU for kind offer, am sorry I was unable to respond to it at the time, on account of not having seen it. (If you are still strawb-plagued, I have a lot but know a few people who could use strawbs.)

What are terpomoj??

I must ask your thoughts about planting/replanting our rather tiny and sad-looking little asparagus plant - I'm not sure it's ready to be given a permanent home yet, but maybe it is...also, any thoughts on how to revive the transplanted rhubarb, which is looking a bit wilty, are much appreciated.
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