Saturday, 27 February 2010

Geeky Inspirations...

I was at the allotment today for a very short time. I was a lightweight. It was very damp, raining on and off, so there was no chance of any digging. There was a big pile of top soil, so with persuasion I shovelled and wheelbarrowed some of it into plot, probably only about half a ton, and the same onto my friend's plot. My arms seemed to be aching today, wheelbarrow felt heavier than usual, but I got into it, and did some work. Small steps forward. I also took some rosemary cuttings and have a few pots that will hopefully grow into big healthy rosemary plants...

Inspired by all the talk in the allotment hut last week, I have bought my seed potatoes (I'm going to plant Charlotte potatoes and Roosters. They are chitting snugly in little egg boxes in my cold kitchen. I also spent ages trying to decide what seeds to buy and ordered some organic seeds. Sitting in a little tin waiting for the right time are seeds for growing butternut squash, sweetcorn, french beans, three different kinds of tomatoes, courgettes, and purple sprouting brocolli (which I have been told is very hard to grow and takes AGES, but I am going to try anyway). Oh, also bought a mix of salad leaves so will have gorgeous Mibuna, Red Mustard, Pak Choi, Komatsuma, Chinese Cabbage and Mizuna leaves!! Also, flowers.. nasturtiums, sunflowers and sweetpeas (so far).

I am hoping to swap some seeds for leeks, beetroots and I don't know what else, we'll see... Ha! I won't have enough space!

I've been inspired by Sonia on her Gardenwrite blog, who has already started planting her seeds... she's planted leeks indoors. And because I am a total geek and am loving reading about someone else and their allotment, I have been doing a little search for other people in Manchester or in the UK who are blogging about their allotment... I've found a couple, but if anyone wants to recommend some good allotment blogs, then let me know.

I like the look of Our Allotment's Blog particularly their recent blog about 'Shed Porn'. Also Soilman who looks like a total pro (at blogging and allotmenteering (if that even exists as a word!)... Down on the Allotment a blog by Matron (possibly not her real name) cos it has great pictures, and My Tiny Plot cos it has recipes as well... brilliant eh. I am officially a geek.

1 comment:

sonia said...

thanks for mentioning my blog. I will be giving more info on how to transplant the leeks outside in the coming months. I will check out the other blogs. I haven't been to the allotment in ages. This coming week I will - my mind and body miss it. I'm doing Charlotte (I love their taste) and I've forgotten the other ones....
will check out those blogs ta