Thursday, 24 July 2008

Speed Seeding

Carrot seeds are in the ground.

So here we have the 1st bed I have dug. 

With 3 lines of carrot seed with my recycled wooden spoon labels.

Since I had misplaced my camera cable and I was unable to upload my photos therefore I have neglected my blog for a bit. Oh and I had a weeks jolies in Cornwall too. To be honest I think the blog can be neglected whereas carrot seed shouldn't be.

Actually, to date my carrot seeds have been in the ground for nearly 3 weeks - and I haven't seen anything that looks like it might be a carrot showing yet. I fear that my trip to Cornwall meant they missed some very important watering. I am not sure what to do yet - I may just sow another couple of rows in the same bed just in case.

So let me rewind....

After the big chop and the shed build, I finally finished digging my first bed; clearing it of weeds, roots and stones then turning a bag of compost into it that I had left over from home. 

I made some natty seed tapes at home using flour and water to glue seeds in their correct spacings onto strips of newspaper. I thought this would mean I wouldn't have to worry about the thinning stage, especially after all I read about the carrot fly. Actually the way the tape really helped was the it meant I could lay the paper strips into the drills and cover them up before little one ran across the bed!! Speed seeding!

Sunday 6th July. The weather had been very changeable and unpredictable. But I managed one afternoon to go down with little one and finally get the seed into the ground. Black clouds appeared so I ran home satisfied with my work and even more grateful for the divinely timed downpour that ensued.... and it continued to rain for days - perfect.

I had stroke of genius with my labels. In keeping with allotmenteers ways of recycling I have used wooden spoons as labels, the ones found in nice coffee shops, National Trust and RHS cafe's - that kind of establishment. They look brilliant and I shall use forks as well, they will look fabulous too.

The day before I left for Cornwall I popped down in the rain with some enviromesh and covered them up safe and sound from the nasty carrot fly. 

But now it seems things are growing like grass and weeds but no sign of fluffy carrot long do they take to show? 

Staying optimistic, back soon x

Thursday, 3 July 2008

Shed is Up!!!!

I found a shed on Gumtree - it is pretty worn, but it was free and will be absolutely fine for now. It's a muted purple colour; not too unpleasant as it's tone is fairly grey. We 'uumm'ed and 'arrrh'ed about what to put the shed on slabs or pallets? Paving slabs would have required a gravel/sand/stone mix under and level ground. That would have meant bringing in heavy loads and fiddling about a lot. 
Instead we opted to use the free pallets that were donated to our cause. The ground beneath was dug and roughly levelled by Papa; then a layer of membrane that will let the water through but keep any weeds down. Two pallets side by side then the shed on top.
We hilariously constructed it in a thunder storm! Desperately knocking it together and chucking on the roof just to get some shelter from the downpour! It may not be standing 'totally bubble' but we'll make it good tomorrow when it will be drier - we hope. I was so chuffed that I went back this evening to look at it and took this photo of the sunflower with our shed behind!