Looking for right words to complain

I look forward to reading seed catalogues and deciding which varieties to grow. I decided to go with Nickys Nursery for the bulk of this year’s seed order because of their variety on offer of chillis. I ordered other vegetables too… including broad beans.

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The order came quickly but I was furious that this packet of seeds, described on the website shown in the image, had a label saying the seed had been treated with THIRAM. As an almost organic gardener, I find this totally unacceptable. I mentioned this in a gardening group on facebook -the response, just wear gloves when you sow. Surprised at the blasé attitude, I’m sure they’d complain if they ordered peanuts for eating and got sent those not for human consumption but suitable for feeding the birds.

I haven’t yet got round to writing a formal complaint, but they certainly will not be getting any more seed orders from me. DO NOT ORDER FROM NICKYS NURSERY is my advice.

August!

Record keeping for this year is non-existent, again! Although I do have some sowing dates. Labels also aren’t all that up-to-date. There were labels with the potatoes, but they’ve been earthed up and covered! Who knows what the potatoes are!? Next year, map it out on paper so we know what is what and where.

Need to buy more netting, and this time quality. Sparrows and flutterbies got in to the brassica patch!

One of the other allotmentholders said his netted beetroot were good. He also said the lack of rain (and also, we no longer have running water on site…) has led to very tasty and great crop of new potatoes.

2015 Potato list

Potato List 2015

First Earlies

  • Allians
  • Casablanca
  • Chopin
  • Colleen
  • Duke of York
  • Franceline
  • Lady Christl
  • Red Duke of York
  • Sharpe’s Express
  • Winston not this year – was sold out within an hour of Potato Day opening.

Second Earlies

  • Athlete
  • Blue Kestrel
  • Bonnie
  • British Queen
  • Estima
  • Jelly
  • Marfona
  • Mayan Gold
  • Milva

Maincrop

  • Alouette
  • Blue Danube
  • Carolus
  • Chicago
  • Golden Wonder
  • Highland Burgundy Red
  • Kerrs Pink
  • Markies
  • Picasso
  • Red Robin
  • Sarpo Mira
  • Shetland Black
  • Valor
  • Vitelotte

Happy New Year, 2015

I have neglected this blog in recent years but I’m still passionate about the allotment gardening. I am so glad to still have this site online and happy to see it has been a value to some of you. It would have been useful for me to keep track of what has been sown and planted, etc.., but I forget or there’s rain at the allotment preventing recording the actions taken (we don’t want wet paper doing now) and yes there is a shed I could take shelter in to do the paperwork. Labels get moved, or forgotten. I could do another batch of metal can labels and  there is a small white board in the shed but perhaps we should have another, oh and we will need to get better markers. I have organised a non bulky seeds better.
Gardening resolutions:
1) better organisation
2) better log keeping
3) better blog keeping
4) find and try recipes for harvest gluts (pumpkin soup anyone? still got a few stored).

2014 – where do I begin?

We were away for the festive period coming home on the 2nd of January in the dark. A neighbour said that there were tiles and slates missing from the house roof and that the greenhouse had been destroyed. I was heartbroken.

I now have a shiny new greenhouse put up last week but the seagulls have already added some decorations to the toughened glass panes. Today, I sowed some seeds in the greenhouse.

Down the plot, things got a little damp. However, on opening the shed, noticed that one of the boxes of birdfeed had been gnawed through – rat(s). Today, we emptied out the shed with a view to salvage tools and stuff after disinfecting. On a happier note, my son planted some garlic, shallot and onion sets. We also did some weeding. The goldfish are happy in the pond with at least 3 different “sizes” of fish (original, first lot of babies from 2012, babies from 2013..)

Getting into the gardening spirit this year has been slower than usual – what with the weather….. and also, our regular Potato Day end of January was not happening this year due to redevelopment/refurbishment at Garden Organic’s HQ. We found another Potato Day to go to, at a agricultural university in Shropshire in February. We bought a lot of seed potatoes (there was plenty of choice, and we were able to buy loose), and also the allium sets planted today, and some seeds. It did not have the chaotic feel that Potato Day at Ryton sometimes had. 

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