Monday, March 26, 2012

Spuds, Radishes and more Onions

It's great to see signs of life and my fruit tree are all coming in to bud I dug in some good garden compost and have planted early potatoes. It's interesting that although eggshells are meant to be added to compost they take a flipping long time to decompose. (even longer than banana skins)

You can see a fruit tree in bud here.

I am not so confident of the Lemon and Olive trees (left and right).

I also put a short run of radishes in.

Monday, March 19, 2012

DGs past and future and the joy of compost

Last week I went to hear Mark Thompson the current BBC DG talk about his time in the post - when Steve Hewlett quizzed him the questions were looking back at what had been achieved by him in the top UK broadcasting job, so it is no surprise today to find that he has now announced a departure timetable.
Having heard a few DGs and other associated broadcasting bigwigs speak it is noticeable how uncharismatic Mark is as a public speaker, few jokes and less self deprecating than many in the media world. Having said that he does give the impression of seriousness and gravitas valuse underated currently. History will be able to judge his a period (a long one by present standards)he agreeed a deal with the Governemnt on the licence which I found personally distateful but it may have been the best that could be made.
Who will follow him? Politically the first femail DG would be a good move and Helen Boaden is a safe pair of hands (who incidentally awarded me a Radio 4 mug when as controller of Radio 4 she took part in a radio event in London). Slightly surprisingly she is a year older than Mark.

On the allotment I delivered some compost and planted a Tayberry bush (cross between Raspberry and Blackberry).

Compost looks really fine created at No 39 over several years -heavy and rich another 3 or bags to take down and condition the soil - have also started more tomatoes and exotic beans.

You can see (left) the house is one big propogating machine.

Sunday, March 11, 2012

Hope Springs

Most people down at Northfields this year, the only snag being that since the copper thieves were down there are no working taps and this is going to be a problem.

For me as well as sowing a row of spring onions (White Lisbon) on the allotment, I've started some Brussel sprouts, lettuces celery and melons (ooh missus). As you can see my peppers are doing well and I am getting my artichokes acclimatised to outside conditions.

Saturday, March 10, 2012


Last weekend I planted some onions and started some more seeds in the house (Sweetcorn and Courgette).

Today is another fine Saturday and I've been sowing seeds in the allotment including Beetroot (Boltardy), Parsnip (White spear), Carrots (Paris Market) and Leeks (Musselburgh).
I've also added further B&Q Rhubarb (see left) and more soft fruit (another Goosberry and blackcurrant).

Making an early start with my peas was not a great move only one made it through - I've planted this out (see right) and will start some more shortly.