Today's Flighty's plot blog post is Summer flowers
Aerial photograph of a community garden and tennis court in summer.
July, 2021 at Webb Park in Lakewood, Ohio, USA (near Cleveland)
Posting for December 2nd #ArtAdventCalendar
#today Just got done entering my #ProjectFeederWatch data for week number 5 of this season's counts. The data may be viewed here:
We had 22 species and 120 individuals this week, which is quite a lot for this site. Two unusual visitors this week were a Northern Flicker and an American Robin (who came for a drink). It's been very cold, so have had to defrost the water bowls every morning.
Good morning... At the plot, freezzzzzzing.... tried to light a fire, failed, so cold it is, pond frozen, so no emptying it as planned, to repair it. Duh! Trying to save the chilly plants, might be too late, will put them in the flat hoping they'll recover.
The buzzard is doing it's thing
Today's Flighty's plot blog post is The cornus tree
Quick #allotment visit to harvest the last celeriac in case of a hard frost, last year's -10C was a bit too much.
These will be stored to keep us in tasty soups and mash over the winter.
The leaves were chopped and spread on the bed, because, well, who doesn’t like a good mulch?
Nice to have a glimpse of sunshine today for a trip to the plot. I love seeing teasel against the sky, whatever the weather is doing, but it’s better in the sunshine.
The compost pile is doing well. The old shed roof has become two outside benches above the water butts and the inside of the shed has had a lick of paint.
Not much time for the #allotment when you're working 70+ hour weeks alas. So my winter prep and hopes are mainly on hold this year, it's getting too late to achieve much. But Kat made it down to harvest chillies, there is still more that could be harvested in there too if they don't freeze.
A lot of stuff not fully ripe, but they do seem to finish off ripening off the plant OK. In as much as the colour fully changes at least.
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Been to the plot; it was damp and felt wet then drizzled slightly; a short desultory spat o'thin rain ensued, stopped; more damp then began to rain lightly, and is still on. Later placed the track camera pointing at a place where I left an opened can of spam, for the wildlife. Will report on this. Also had a fire in controlled environment (the burner)- which is silly cos it is all wet - warmed me extremities for a few minutes then proceeded in tidying up the area around the greenhouse.
On the way back spotted and recovered a large fish tank water pump - yet to be tested - and later on, four metal things of the sort you put candles on, attached to the wall or something. Third time I find fish related items in the same place. Previously, another large pump, and a complete fish tank - without fish!
Today's Flighty's plot blog post is Late autumn plotting
#today Just got done entering my #ProjectFeederWatch data for week number 4. We had 20 species and 97 individuals this time. This week the Cooper's Hawk was not successful at least while I was watching. It's getting colder every day now so the bird count is rising! See my data here:
Let the composting begin. The front half of this plot (from the mypex to the main path) will now be set aside for making communal compost.
Thankfully, the site has had some dry days this week but the ground underfoot is still boggy.
The first compostable material has been donated, instead of going on a bonfire, so some environmental good has come from this already on day one.
As the days get really short and the jobs become less about plants and more about structures, it makes me happy to look back at the hilltop plot over the year so far. First year of the greenhouse which has been a big learning experience both in dismantling, moving, and rebuilding,, as well as using. #allotment #garden #gardening
Some of my plants, today, in my small garden at home. I'm trying to implement permaculture principles to better understand the dynamics of nature in small spaces.
Today's Flighty's plot blog post is It's not rained...
Sainsbury's own brand distilled malt vinegar used to specify a 5% acidity.
Now, as per photo attached, that has gone away.
So I guess I just have to live in hope my vinegar pickled #allotment Tangerine Tiger chillies won't be poisonous. (I have a pH meter somewhere, but it has vanished and remains elusive.)
Specificlly wanted clear vinegar for these, to best show off the pretty colours.
I’m taking on another half plot at the weekend. It’s like a marsh & one of the wettest plots on site.
The aim is to improve the plot’s resilience to adverse weather by building up the soil level & soil health.
Not everyone makes their own compost on the allotment site. I’ll use organic matter donated from across the site to build the plot level up & make compost.
Most of the compost made will be a communal resource for other plot holders to use.
About 15 hours in the dehydrator — 10 at 50°C, then 5 at 60°C — turned 352g of Aji Mango chillies into 72g. Now a nice little jar of orangish powder that you really definitely do not want to snort (don't ask…)
Very tasty, also quite spicy! In this form they definitely have a "mango" thing going on.
I think they could combine with some other ingredients to make an excellent chip seasoning.
The whole chillies are going to need quite a bit more time.
Mice ate my bean seedlings. I stupidly left the covers off the seed trays after watering.
I’ve sown three double rows of broad beans direct instead. Two double rows of aquadulce and one of leidse hangdown from realseeds.co.uk
I’ll sow field beans in the left hand bed in spring when the autumn winter oriental veg is finished.
#today Here's my data for Week # 2 of this year's #ProjectFeederWatch . My data can be viewed here:
We had a good week with 19 species recorded and had 90 individuals visit. Had one predation of a Mourning Dove by a Cooper's Hawk this time. I would appreciate i if someone could confirm that this link actually lets you see my data, or is blocked in some way. I'm never quite sure if it is visible to others.
I gave the compost heap a turn today and added the pipes to circulate air through the heap.
I’ll keep adding to the pile and periodically turning it through autumn and winter. This will be my mulching compost for the beds in spring.
The mixed broad bean and field bean beds are sown, part sown or awaiting transplants. Hoping to source some wood chip so in the meantime they have chopped comfrey for pathways.
Four different compost piles. A hot pile that should ideally have been turned once more but for lack of time.
The compost area is being added to slowly for making mulching compost for the beds next year.
The Johnson Su compost pile inside is 14 months old. I’ll regularly water it on the plot as a compost extract.
A 250 L tub of compost for the potting mix.
Not in picture I also have some IMO#4 compost stored and also use bokashi compost on the beds.
Du cidre français ? Ces pommes ont une drôle d'allure sur le seau. Oui, oui 🤔
I'll have about 12 milk crates of apples, this will only fill up the three buckets.
I usually selectively pick but I picked everything that wasn't brown and rotten. They say it adds flavor. We'll see. I smelled some of the various bad spots on the apples and nothing smelled bad.
One crate each of Jonathans and Spitz for storage and pies.
What alchemy is this?
The absolute magic of this transformation!
(Currently stewing in the slow cooker with apples, onions, cider vinegar, cinnamon, brown sugar and raisin.)
#today I'm looking for advice on when to harvest my (hopefully) peanut crop. These were planted out in early May (New England Zone 6b) I've had a few peanut plants in the past, but only "volunteers" planted by wildlife. I was planning to wait until frost hits the leaves, but would be interested in hearing from others with experience growing them outside the US south. Any advice?
The great bean crop of 2023 is over. The bed has been cleared to be sown with winter green manures next week. In the beds next door the buckwheat and mustard green manures sown in August are flowering and attracting pollinators. In the kitchen the fruit vinegars are in various stages of fermenting.
From old sheds to new shelter.
When all the water butts and tanks are connected I’ll be able to collect enough annual rainwater for the plots needs.
I hope to have a bench running the length of the windows inside and out for seedlings and plants and storage space underneath.
Please let me know if you're aware of a Nuttery in the UK, either community or commercial. The only ones I can find are Smallcombe Nuttery in Bath, part of Transition Bath, and The Nuttery in Newnham
Boosts appreciated :)
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