About Paul1sh

A little bit about me . I live in the NorthWest of England and have been sowing seeds and making jam since I was knee high to a grasshopper . I'm inspired by gardeners of the past and present and intertwine their methods with new ideas brought to my attention via Twitter, Google and the rest of the internet. I try combining my allotment with my tiny domestic gardens to service my kitchen. My interests besides growing, cooking and preserving include genealogy which explain the profile photograph which is that of my GreatGrandfather from 1870 who maintained his kitchen garden in Cheshire for over half a century. Thank you for reading and hopefully I can keep up with regular updates . All the best, Paul
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The 2nd weekend in April 2016

Person Author: Paul1sh Calender April 16, 2016 Posted No Tags Comment No Comments
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                              Well the second weekend in April is now over and now is the time I think for a quick look back. Sunday had me sowing a few flower seeds and I also purchased 2 blueberry saplings to plant out in pots later next week once I obtain enough ericaceous compost to fill two large pots . It would seem that this year I've sown more tomato seeds than usual some of which I've imported from America because they have long been extinct in Britain . I've spent several evenings pricking out tomato and pepper seedling with still more seedlings to be pricked out in to individual pots but has the evenings are still bringing frosts I'm limited o

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Getting to grips with the plot over Easter 2016

Person Author: Paul1sh Calender April 6, 2016 Posted No Tags Comment No Comments
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It's been quite a while since I last updated my activities on plot 44 and that has been due to a whole range of issues that allotmenteers deal with from time to time - life . My grown up children are now studying in London & Liverpool , the dog has recovered from last year's spinal injury but still needs to lose weight . Allotment wise I've spent quite a bit more time than I would have liked on setting up a proper association on the site and for my sins ended up as chairperson this year . I've been sowing seeds since the start of February whilst also getting my plot back on track . There's still a long list of improvements/repairs that I would like to complete and I have been steadily carrying out improvements since the beginning of March replacing the fence and I've even managed to c

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10th May to 16th May 2015 on Plot 44

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I had planned to catch up on my sowing this week and kicked it off with beans . I rehydrated some of the coco coir and I then used the hydrated coco coir to fill used toilet roll tubes and sowed various beans in them. On Sunday 10th May the following were sown : Runner Beans ( Streamline , Firestorm & Scarlet Emperor ),Dwarf French Beans ( Ferrari & Tendergreen ) , Climbing Beans ( Blue Lake , Borlotti (Lingua di Fuoco) & Cosse Violet ) as well as a Broad Bean . The Broad Bean , Borlotti and Cosse Violet (purple podded French Bean) were from seeds I had collected and saved from last year's harvest.                       On Monday 11th I finished sowing the following beans :

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3rd May to 9th May 2015 on Plot 44

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Due to incidents on May 2nd when our pet standard poodle fell down the stairs at home injuring his spine I was unable to spend any time at the allotment this week . Luckily for me the weather hadn't been favourable for outside work either . I did manage to pay a brief visit to the allotment on Friday 8th May and this was just to check on the seedlings were doing in the polytunnel. This year amongst the many "new to me"  vegetables that I'm trying to grow are Mexican Tree Spinach and Red Orach which I'd previously seen being recommended by Alys Fowler during her Kitchen Garden episode of the Great British Garden Revival series on the BBC back in 2014. Today I potted on these seedlings as they were getting too crowded for the seed tray that they germinated in.  It had to be noted that s

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26th April to 2nd May 2015 on Plot 44

Person Author: Paul1sh Calender June 7, 2015 Posted No Tags Comment No Comments
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Firstly apologies for the long delay in my updates . My allotment has had to take a back step whilst we have been nursing our standard poodle who suffered a severe spinal injury after falling down the stairs at home on May 2nd. Thankfully against the odds he is making slow but steady progress with quite a way to go before I can walk him to the allotment but that is our target for this autumn. In the meantime I have six weeks of progress on the plot to write about so I shall have to pull my finger out this week and catch up on one week each day . The week began with me recycling plastic pop bottles and turning them in to windmills for use around the plot as the pigeon population seem to wait in the neighbouring trees for my departure before raiding the plot . There are vario

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12th April to 25th April 2015 on Plot 44

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The weather has been very mixed indeed these past few weeks , scorching hot some days and hailstones falling the next . In the early hours in the north-west where I am we are still getting ground frosts which have slightly scorched the leaves on my early Winston potatoes. The plot is still not totally 'up to date' as I still have a long 30 point 'to do' list of maintenance projects and improvements that I would like to complete before the summer arrives time and weather permitting . During this fortnight I have been harvesting rhubarb , swiss chard , spinach and leeks from the allotment whilst at home I have been harvesting chives , rosemary , parsley , bay leaves , thyme , sage , lemon balm and purslane  . Hopefully this time next year I shall be harvesting more varieties of vegeta

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8th March to 11th April 2015 on Plot 44

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Firstly my apologies for not updating my progress sooner . My last update went up to Saturday March 7th and I have actually managed to spend some time on the plot since then despite a two week holiday to France and Belgium where I found seed prices to be dearer than in Blighty and time out looking for an apartment in London for my eldest whilst she's on work placement . So with all that out of the way and some horrible (and nice) weather to continue it is surprising I've managed to do much. In my last update I mentioned that we could only burn green waste if we had a wood burning stove installed in our sheds well I am pleased to say that that the stove I purchased way back in the spring of 2012 is finally installed in my shed - better late than never I guess! Back in March I dug bean

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22nd February to 7th March 2015 on Plot 44

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This last fortnight has been spent tidying the beds at the allotment and drawing up a major 'to do' list as I have had a few improvements that have been sidelined for over a year now . Removing weeds has been a priority as well as warming up beds under sheets of plastic ready for early potatoes to go next week. This time of year allows me to check on how well last year's weeds have rotted down . Because we are unable to burn our garden waste (apart from if we have a log burning stove installed in the shed which I must confess that is a task that I still have outstanding .) and I don't have a green wheelie bin in which the local council collects garden rubbish in , everything generated on the allotment that is not going to be consumed goes back in to improving the soil . I put all my weeds

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14th to 21st February 2015 on Plot 44

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This last week has been spent seed sowing as well as doing plenty of research from past masters and their methods (often contradicting each other.) with the hope of being more productive . Not so much "on the plot" but that has a lot to do with the stormy weather and rain that we have had here last week. On February 13th I placed a 60 cell seed tray in the propagator and filled each cell with different seeds and began my sowing in the smallest of spaces . I am monitoring how well they perform as this is the second year of me using a heated propagator and I feel I have must to learn and that's it's being greatly underused. Anyway here's what I sowed : Row 1 : Dill , Thyme , Chives , Onion (White Lisbon) , Celtuce , Swede (All The Best ) Row 2 : Cauliflower (All The Year Round

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1st -14th February 2015 on Plot 44

Person Author: Paul1sh Calender February 15, 2015 Posted No Tags Comment No Comments
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My apologies to the delay in my update (yet again!) . I have had several distractions mainly since following the strong winds a couple of weeks back I have had to carry out repairs to my garden fence and am currently in the process of obtaining quotes for repairs to be roof . So amongst all that and everything else that life throws at us we all forwards towards the spring and the summer . The hope is that the more we put in to our gardens and allotments now then the more we shall be rewarded when the summer arrives . Firstly I will catch up with what I have wrote about previously . Of the seeds that I had placed in the heated propagator on the 18th January by 13th February only the Habanero pepper and the mixed Aubergines appear to have germinated .The Aubergines were looking ver

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