June 2014

Monday 30th

I spent most of the morning making my monthly allotment video which has now been uploaded to You Tube and a copy can be found in Video - Allotment Tours. We had a nice amount of rain yesterday but the plot and greenhouse still needed watering, so I gave them a water before returning for lunch.

Friday 27th

I gave the allotment a good hoe and weed this morning mainly on the new plot. I then watered the greenhouse and the outside beds. Finally I harvested some Lettuce, Beetroot, Carrots and Calabraise before returning home for lunch.

Thursday 26th

Picked shallots

We have just got back from a week away in the caravan so no activity at the allotment. I just visited the allotment to water the greenhouse and the beds. I dug up my garlic that was infected with white root rot which I will burn later. I also harvested my shallots as the leaves had turned brown I think the shallots will store OK as they did not appear to be to affected by the white root rot, see image on the left. I picked another 6lb of strawberries which cleaned out all but a few of the smaller strawberries, so I removed the netting to let the birds clean up the rest.

Monday 16th

A little overcast this morning with some very light showers. My first job at the allotment this morning was to harvest my peas which I completed, and when I returned home my wife and I shelled and froze them. I then gave the plot a good weed. My wife then arrived with a cake so we had a cup of tea to go with the cake. After that we managed to sow some more runner-beans, peas, and beetroot, My wife continued to weed the plot. Finally we planted the rest of our Lettuce,Marigolds and Nasturtiums, put down slug pellets and watered before going home for lunch.

Saturday 14th

It was a little overcast this morning but still quite warm. Using some old trellis taken from the shed and some more timber I made a support structure for my tomatoes and melons which are growing in the greenhouse. I then trimmed the grass edges and gave the whole plot a good water. I notice that slugs have been at some of my runner-beans, so I put down some more slug pellets. I then returned home for a nice cup of tea.

Friday 13th

Shed with new roofAnother hot morning at the allotment. I started by straightening the sides of the shed, by adding supports to the inside frame of the shed. Another job done. I then cut and strimmed the grass paths around by plots. I finally picked another 3lb of strawberries, and watered the greenhouse before returning home for lunch. The image on the right shows my shed nice and straight with a new felted roof.

Thursday 12th

Spent the time at the allotment today removing the old felt from my shed on the new plot. I checked to see if the shed base was level, and it was so I then spent some time levelling the sides. I will support the sides to make them square with each other tomorrow. I spent the rest of my time adding new roofing felt to the shed, which has now been completed and the shed is now water tight. Finally I gave the allotment and greenhouse a water before returning home for a late lunch.

Wednesday 11th

Chopped Comfrey ready to breakdown into feedAnother nice warm day at the allotment with a slight breeze. I started by cutting down my Comfrey plants, which I then chopped up and placed in an old onion sack, inside a large plastic container to allow the Comfrey to breakdown and turn in to a liquid feed. I will be making a video of this when the feed has been made. I will then upload this video on to You Tube. My next job was to clear the spinach that has now gone to seed. I then sowed some more spinach, radish, and pok choi. Finally I gave the allotment and greenhouse a good watering, harvested some strawberries and baby beetroot’s before going home for lunch. The image on the left shows my chopped Comfrey placed in an onion sack, placed on top of some bricks inside a large container and weighted at the top, ready to have a lid added. This will then turn into a good quality plant food.

Monday 9th

Had a good morning at the allotment today. I harvested the rest of my new potatoes that were grown in containers, getting another 16lb of "Swift" early potatoes. I then picked just under 5lb of strawberries. I then removed the side shoots from my tomatoes, and added support to them in the greenhouse. I harvested Spinach, Lettuce, Radish and Broad Beans. Finally I watered the greenhouse and some of the plants outside on the allotment before returning home ready for my lunch.

Friday 6th

 Bottom section of allotment coveredVisited the allotment yesterday just to water the greenhouse, and harvest some Strawberries, Lettuce, Radishes and Spinach. This morning I spent my time covering the bottom section of my new plot, covering the ground with a membrane to repress the weeds and hopefully kill off any roots, ready for digging in the autumn, as you can see from the image on the right. My next job is to get rid of some of the rubbish and give some extra support to the shed as it is leaning backwards, and it needs the roof re-felting. Also I need to sort out the positioning of my 6ft x 8ft Greenhouse, which will be placed to the right hand side of the shed from this image view..

Monday 2nd

More clearing To DoHad an early start at the allotment. I started to clear the bottom section of my new plot. See image on the left. I managed to dig up all the old bushes including wild rose, blackberry, raspberry plus some unknown. I left the Blackcurrant bushes to transplant later ( on my neighbours plot). I levelled the ground off, emptying the compost bin and spread across the area with the grass that has been cut down, hopefully if the rain holds off I will cover with a membrane and leave to rot down and kill off the weeds ready for planting next spring. I might add green manure to over winter if the ground is ready if not I will dig next spring. Finally I picked some strawberries and went home for lunch.

June

What needs doing this month

Fruit:

  • Watch for pests and diseases
  • Thin fruit if crop is heavy
  • Harvest strawberries
  • Spray apples and pears, blackberries, loganberries, gooseberries, peaches and nectarines plums and damsons, cherries and raspberries.
  • Water and mulch to ensure sufficient water to apples pears and black currants.
  • Check weeds around trees and bushes growing in cultivated soil
  • Tie sacking around apple and pear trunks to catch apple blossom weevils.
  • Destroy fruits attacked by sawfly
  • Train in new blackberry and loganberry shoots
  • Summer prune gooseberries.
  • Tie in new wall-trained peach and nectarine shoots.
  • Protect fruiting plum,. damson and cherry trees, red currants, raspberries and strawberries against birds.
  • Anchor healthy strawberry runners so that they form new plants.
  • Summer prune outdoor vines.

Vegetables:

  • Plant out Marrows and Courgettes in positions previously prepared.
  • Plant out Sweetcorn that has been started in the greenhouse or frame.
  • Continue to thin out Carrots, Beetroot, Endive and Chicory.
  • Plant out Celery and Celeriac grown in the greenhouse, into the prepared beds.
  • Sow white Turnips as a catch crop in-between rows of Peas.
  • Plant outdoor Tomatoes into prepared sites.
  • Continue to thin Carrots and Beetroot as needed.
  • Stop Cucumbers growing in frames. As the fruits form put a piece of slate or tile under it to keep it off the soil.
  • Remove any flower spikes that have grown on rhubarb.
  • Fold a leaf over any Cauliflowers that are beginning to form. This will help keep them clean.
  • Keep a general eye on crops for pests and spray as required.
  • Most herbs will now be at their peak and can be picked and stored for later use in cooking.
  • Ensure that beans are kept well watered and apply a mulch if not already done so.
  • Transplant Leeks to the previously prepared bed ready for winter use.
  • Transplant Savoy and January King Cabbages.
  • Sow more peas for a succession.
  • Continue to sow Lettuce and Radish.
  • Parsley can also be sown now for winter and spring use.
  • Asparagus has probably finished cropping now so apply a general fertiliser to the bed at the rate of 2oz to Sq. Yd.
  • Take out sides hoots of tomatoes (not the bush varieties though).
  • Stop cutting asparagus to allow the ferns to grow. Feed with a general fertiliser.
  • Earth up late potatoes and ensure that they are well watered.
  • Stop Cucumbers in frames by pinching out the growing tip. This encourages fruit bearing sides hoots to grow. These sides hoots should be stopped at the fourth leaf.
  • Pinch out the tips of Broad beans to encourage fruiting and prevent Blackfly from colonising the tip.
  • Thin out Spinach seedlings sown in May.
  • Lift early Potatoes and prepare the ground for planting Leeks.
  • Keep Onions and Shallots watered well and feed weekly with a general fertiliser.
  • Thin out Scorzonera and Salsify sown in May.
  • Keep French beans, runner beans and courgettes well watered.
  • Sow Swedes to overwinter.

Herbs:

  • Sow further rows of chervil and dill, thin established seedlings.
  • Control weeds by frequent hoeing.
  • Take and insert more rosemary and sage cuttings
  • Start picking herbs

Greenhouse:

  • Keep a check on temperatures by regulating the ventilation
  • Put up shading where necessary
  • Check watering requirements daily
  • Train tomatoes and cucumbers
  • Remove sides hoots from tomatoes
  • Water and feed carefully
  • Harden off aubergines, sweet peppers, marrows and ridge cucumbers.
  • Thin grapes
  • Water and feed peaches, nectarines and strawberries.

General:

  • Cut grass paths
  • check plant supports for movement
  • Keep weeds down by hoeing
  • watch for slugs and pests