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Allotment year 2011

January 2 March 15 April 9 May 20 June 14 July 31 August 20

January 2 2011

Somehow we have got to 2011 without me noticing AND before I have written up the rest of 2010. A mild and bright start to the year has tempted me out and it's been good to get back on the bike and to have a spade in my hands again.

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The 'up' view garlic planted before the fence

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Apparently the weeds can grow under the snow

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March 15 2011

At last it is beginning to warm up and all the 'allotmenteers' are out in force. I'm very pleased with the state of my patch which has come through the winter in good state.

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The 'up' view garlic planted before the fence

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And now a few days later, I have finally fenced the whole area, distributed the compost heaps from home and the allotment and rotovated it all in.

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April 9 2011

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The 'up' view pea netting in place

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May 20 2011

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The 'up' view cabbage cage in place

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One thing I have been missing up at the allotment is a secure store for tools. Our local rules prohibit 'structures' over 1.1 metres in height so a shed is out of the question. So I have constructed a store out of pallet wood and disguised it to look like part of the compost heap. The whole is lined with PVC damp proof membrane.

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Tool store

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Artichoke

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Cold frame full of plants, ready to put out

June 14 2011

The weather has continued very dry and windy. The wind has been a real problem with plants getting buffeted and desiccated. We had a jumbo bag of gravel delivered at home for the drive and I had saved the bag 'just in case'. The 'just in case' turned out to be the need for windbreaks up at the allotment. To my pleasure, when I came to take the bag to pieces, one section was doubled over for extra strength so I had some good lengths of material for the windbreaks. An added advantage is that being white they reflect the light back onto the plants as well.

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The 'up' view

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One of the windbreaks

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July 31 2011

A trip to the allotment is always on Sj's itinery when she visits so her pics provide the allotment views for late July.

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Its been too dry for the runner beans

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Unscrew a marrow

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Sweet corn doing well

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Pull up a mandrake parsnip

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Artichokes

August 20 2011

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The 'up; view

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Down 1

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Down 2

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The winter cabbage cage

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cabbage cage from the other side

October 16 2011

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The 'up; view

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Down 1

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Down 2

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Bean pole store through the artichokes

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Inside the cabbage cage with the nasturtiums


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