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Digging On Hold
2022-09-26 10:50
Whilst we have had some rain, we still haven't had enough to penetrate the soil meaning that the beds are still too dry to dig over.We are visiting the allotment less frequently now that the… Read More
Living History
2022-09-12 08:38
Last week has certainly been a memorable one. We had a new prime minister at the beginning of the week and by the end of the week, we had a new monarch. I just can't get used to having a kin… Read More
August In Pictures.
2022-09-07 08:00
See more hereCopyright: Original post from Our Plot at Green Lane Allotments author S Garrett Copyright: Original post from Our Plot at Green Lane Allotm… Read More
Safely Gathered In
2022-09-05 09:02
We are now at the stage where the allotment beds are emptying and our main focus is clearing and tidying beds. We are still waiting for some rain so that we can dig the beds over and then le… Read More
Something New
2022-08-29 08:58
I'd love to say that the 'something new' was that we had been treated to a real downpour and we were no longer having to carry watering cans about. I'd love to tell you that - but I can't. A… Read More
Rain - What Rain?
2022-08-22 08:46
Storms are regularly being mentioned in weather forecasts and I read reports of thunderstorms and heavy rain. So far none have headed our way. Still, the most that the weather gods will offe… Read More
A Topsy Turvy Week
2022-08-15 09:00
We had quite a change of routine last week.Work on the allotment has been confined to watering - lots of watering - and harvesting. A hosepipe ban is planned for the end of the month which c… Read More
Better Than Expected
2022-08-08 09:02
Well isn't it a difficult year for gardeners and farmers? Any rain that is falling just wets any bare earth as it isn't heavy enough to penetrate any plant top-growth. To deliver moisture to… Read More
2022-08-01 08:42
We only managed a couple of visits to the allotment last week. We had a couple of appointments and the drizzly rain was enough to make gardening a less attractive proposition.Most mornings w… Read More
What A Week
2022-07-25 11:48
Last week was certainly different. High temperatures were forecasted for the beginning of the week, so we decided to make morning visits to the allotment in order to make sure everything was… Read More
Still Dry, Dry, Dry
2022-07-18 12:19
We are still waiting for the elusive rain to turn up. We keep being promised thunderstorms but they magically disappear from the forecasts before they are due to arrive.The grass everywhere… Read More
Battling On
2022-07-11 09:12
The pantomime in London that dominated our news channels last week didn't depict the only battle that was going on.We are still battling to keep our crops going on the allotment. We still ha… Read More
Tasty Berries
2022-07-04 09:02
It's been a very frustrating week weather-wise. We have had a little rain but only enough to dampen the top few millimetres of soil. Short showers tend to dry up before they do any good. Our… Read More
2022-06-27 12:46
We are still in desperate need of some real rain. The situation is being made worse as the warm, sunny weather accompanied by very breezy conditions soon dry out whatever moisture we can del… Read More
Was That Summer?
2022-06-20 08:37
What a mixed up week last week was! It is so difficult to know what to wear. One minute we needed to layer up and the next we needed to wear as little as possible whilst keeping within the c… Read More
Strawberry Fare
2022-06-13 09:01
Last week was a bit of a mixed week weather-wise. It’s difficult to remember that we are now in June and the beginning of summer. On some days we have a taste of summer and winter in t… Read More
The Plot Thickens
2022-06-06 08:28
Any rain that is managing to fall is still in the form of fairly light showers. We had nothing persistent or steady. On top of this the fluctuations in temperature mean that it is not a happ… Read More
Just Enough Rain To Wet Us
2022-05-30 09:00
We did have some rain last week but it was only delivered in short drizzly showers. It was only enough to wet us when we were out and about and to dampen the ground and grass but not enough… Read More
We're Getting There
2022-05-23 17:51
I didn't manage to make it to the allotment to do any work last week until the weekend. Our new bedroom furniture was being built and so someone needed to be at home whilst that was being do… Read More
Things Are Moving On
2022-05-16 11:14
Last week we managed to clear most of the beds and, Martyn went over them with the rotavator. The only bed that hasn't been dug over is the old strawberry bed, where the soil is hard and cra… Read More
The Work Goes On
2022-05-09 08:37
There are still beds to clear and dig over on the allotment.  We had a little rain last week but not enough to put watering on hold. The ground was very dry when the beds below were dug… Read More
Planting Continues Apace
2022-05-02 09:29
The dry weather continued last week, and so we made the most of it by getting lots of planting done.We now need some rain as, not only have we been back to watering but, we need to prepare m… Read More
Gardening Cycles
2022-04-25 08:55
Nature works in cycles and we gardeners work along with this. We sow, plant, harvest and store our crops until the growing cycle starts again and the cycle is repeated.Our stored potatoes ar… Read More
Things Heated Up
2022-04-18 08:28
The weather warmed up last week and so did our gardening activities which were more or less confined to the allotment.It’s now one of the busiest times of the year as far as planting g… Read More
A Very Oniony Week
2022-04-11 08:14
Last week the weather, once again, influenced how we spent the week.It was showery and cold so for some of the week we spent time carrying out indoor tasks.We have a growing light set up in… Read More
Winter Is Back
2022-04-05 21:42
After a brief spell of lovely weather, we are back to layering up again. We even had a flurry of snow which thankfully didn't last for very long.We haven't been to the allotment this week, p… Read More
Almost Back In Track
2022-03-21 11:18
All the conditions aligned last week to enable us to get back to some semblance of normality.The weather was fine and Martyn's aches had improved. Not only did Ruby enjoy a longer walk durin… Read More
Some Actual Gardening
2022-03-14 09:41
Last week was a much drier week and not before time. We even saw a little sunshine.We are still not firing on all cylinders. I am more or less back to normal but Martyn is still struggling… Read More
A Tentative Start To The New Season
2022-03-07 09:48
It's been another of those weeks when we seem to have had a diary full of appointments.Monday I had my follow-up appointment with the dermatologist when I thought I would find out whet… Read More
Storms, Rain, Snow
2022-03-01 12:34
It will come as no surprise to learn that another week has passed and we still haven’t made it to the allotment.Last week the weather gods threw everything they had at us. We had gales… Read More
We’ve Made A Small Start
2022-02-28 10:15
The rain finally stopped and the sun made an appearance. This, and the emergence of more spring flowers, encouraged us to venture outdoors although not as far as the allotment. The good news… Read More
Late Post
2022-02-18 14:31
I usually post an update of the previous week’s activities on a Monday but this week  I haven’t managed to stick to my routine. I had a couple of days when my shoulder was v… Read More
2022-02-07 10:22
I don’t have much to write about this week as we have more or less been confined indoors. Martyn had another  appointment at the hospital to have the dressing on his nose cha… Read More
Our Unofficial January Garden Bird Count.
2022-02-04 09:32
As I mentioned in my previous post, w completely forgot about the RSPB Garden Bird Count at the end of last month.We didn't completely forget  but our memory didn't kick in until late S… Read More
What A Week!
2022-01-31 12:58
Last week was one of those weeks that you don't want to repeat . We have been more or less confined to the house.I did go out into the garden where there were some uplifting aspects to the w… Read More
A Mixed Week
2022-01-17 09:13
Last week was a really mixed week weather-wise. We never knew what we were going to end up waking up to.We managed some walks in the sunshine. It was really lovely and sunny when we went for… Read More
A Cold And Frosty Morning,
2022-01-10 11:11
Last week was quite eventful with two birthdays to celebrate, Ruby was two years old on Saturday and Martyn was a lot older than that on Friday. Normally we would go out for a meal for Marty… Read More
When You Can’t Garden
2022-01-03 15:41
We weren’t really tempted into the garden or onto the allotment last week.  When the weather was reasonable the condition of the ground wasn’t really conducive to any garden… Read More
That's It For Another Year.
2021-12-27 17:06
The allotment is certainly looking bleak now. At this time of year, I always find it amazing when I think of the transformation that will take place next spring and summer.Any work on the al… Read More
Christmas Greetings
2021-12-24 09:00
Photos taken just outside of Wakefield 2013Copyright: Original post from Our Plot at Green Lane Allotments author S Garrett Copyright: Original post from… Read More
Wet, Soggy, Muddy, Misty And Miserable,
2021-12-20 17:14
We didn't go to the allotment at all last week. If we hadn't Ruby to consider, we probably wouldn't have ventured out at all, other than for Martyn to attend a hospital appointment.Not only… Read More
We Got Off Lightly
2021-12-13 11:44
Last week we made it to the allotment on a couple of afternoons. Monday was bitingly cold but we decided to have a quick visit to harvest a few vegetables. It was the first time that we had… Read More
Hunkering Down
2021-12-06 10:11
It's one of those very rare weeks when I am really struggling for anything to write. It's been a bleak week weather-wise. We've had brief glimpses of brightness which has quickly been consum… Read More
Snow In November?
2021-11-28 22:54
Last week started in much the same way as previous weeks. We went to the allotment and cleared and tidied up more beds.It was bitterly cold and so we needed to do something energetic and dig… Read More
Little Splashes Of Colour
2021-11-22 10:54
My blog posts are becoming rather repetitive so I thought that I would start with something a bit different, On Sunday it was bitterly cold at the allotment and, as I can't see them hanging… Read More
Getting To The Root Of The Problem
2021-11-15 10:36
We had a couple of days working on the allotment last week and a couple of days at two of our usual haunts.The trees now cast a golden glow but it won't be long before they cast off their le… Read More
A Race Against The Winter Weather
2021-10-25 08:42
There's not much to report this week. The weather has meant that it wasn't really pleasant to be working outside and so there is not much to report on.Despite the weather, we have done the u… Read More
2021-10-18 08:36
Last week we continued clearing and tidying beds on the allotment. Beds where the soil is in good condition have been covered with weed control fabric held in place with wood chippings. Wher… Read More
2021-10-13 08:00
Copyright: Original post from Our Plot at Green Lane Allotments author S Garrett Copyright: Original post from Our Plot at Green Lane Allotments http://g… Read More
Last Of The Mega Harvests
2021-10-11 08:00
We are now at the stage where most activity on the allotment revolves around preparing our plot for winter and in many ways for next season. The more we can clear, tidy and dig over now the… Read More
Poorly Pup
2021-10-04 10:30
There’s not much to report for last week. We only got to the allotment once which was on Tuesday. Ruby has been very poorly.  She started with sickness and diarrhoea. She then, qu… Read More
Monkey Business
2021-09-27 16:05
When we visit the Yorkshire Wildlife Park we are always pleased to see something that we haven't seen before.A relatively new feature of the park is the sea lion enclosure which features two… Read More
2021-09-27 09:03
The allotment was somewhat neglected last week.On Monday we decided to pay a visit to the Yorkshire Wildlife Park.  We aborted an attempt to visit last month. When we came across a long… Read More
Corn And Carrots
2021-09-20 07:48
In my last post, I mentioned that we picked our first sweet corn cob to check on ripeness. As it was ready, we decided that we ought to harvest the rest of the crop.Thinking back to when we… Read More
We're Not Crying Over Our Onions
2021-09-13 08:38
Thank you for all the good wishes following, Martyn's hospital adventure. Thankfully, he has had no further nosebleeds, although we made sure to take things steadily last week. Martyn, had b… Read More
Enforced Neglect Of The Allotment
2021-09-06 17:42
In my earlier blog post, I mentioned that, for various reasons, we didn't visit the allotment other than to do some necessary harvesting. This week matters were even worse and we only manage… Read More
A Modest Harvest Last Week.
2021-08-30 09:09
For various reasons, we haven't done much work on the allotment this week and, more or less, only done the harvesting that we needed.On Tuesday, Martyn dug up another bed of potatoes. This t… Read More
It's All About The Harvest
2021-08-23 08:00
This week, time on the allotment - whenever rain showers allowed - has been spent harvesting and preparing our harvests for freezing. It's that time of year when other jobs have to be placed… Read More
2021-08-16 11:46
Last week was a fairly busy week. As well as time spent harvesting, we managed to do a few other jobs on the allotment. As I mentioned in the previous week's post, beds are now being cleared… Read More
A Week Of Beginnings And Endings
2021-08-09 10:40
It seems that the allotment is no sooner fully planted than beds start to become empty again.  Other than some essential maintenance, which would make for very boring photographs, we ar… Read More
Have We Waved Goodbye To Summer?
2021-08-02 08:50
Being used to a temperate climate we don't cope well when it is too hot, too cold, too wet, too dry, too windy, too snowy or too icy. Weather is always a popular topic of conversation especi… Read More
Zingy Zinnias
2021-07-28 08:00
Copyright: Original post from Our Plot at Green Lane Allotments author S Garrett Copyright: Original post from Our Plot at Green Lane Allotments http://g… Read More
Another Hot One
2021-07-26 08:13
Last week was another week where it was too hot to do much on the allotment or in the gardenRuby even had to forego her weekly visit to Nostell and her walks were restricted to the evening w… Read More
2021-07-19 08:04
At the end of last week, the temperatures soared, so it was far too hot to do any work on the plot. We did manage some harvesting and general tidying at the beginning of the week, and also m… Read More
Real Rain
2021-07-12 08:33
We had some 'real' rain last week for which we and the plants were very grateful. It's amazing how a bout of rain triggers plants into growth when our feeble attempts with a watering can fai… Read More
The Focus Has Changed
2021-07-05 18:31
EXCUSE THE HEADER BLOGGER IS PLAYING UPAs well as working on the plot, last week we paid another visit to Nostell. As we didn't visit the previous week, I was anxious to check on the four cy… Read More
A Week Of Firsts
2021-06-28 08:30
Last week was a week of firsts, in more ways than one. Ruby had her first visit to the beach. On Jo's blog, she wrote of a visit to the beach at Fraisthorpe. It's a dog friendly beach o… Read More
Just Yellow
2021-06-23 08:00
AlliumDay lilyMimulusRose Golden ShowersRose Golden ShowersCopyright: Original post from Our Plot at Green Lane Allotments author S Garrett Copyright: Or… Read More
Things Are Filling Up
2021-06-21 07:45
We've had another busy week. It's been a case of, not so much making hay while the sun shines, as filling the plot while the rain holds off. I have to be honest though, the allotment could r… Read More
Leapfrogging Spring
2021-06-07 08:13
Other than the odd spring-like day, we seem to have missed spring altogether and jumped straight out of winter and into summer. The flowers on the allotment are certainly enjoying the s… Read More
Harvesting From The Freezer
2021-05-31 08:42
Last week it started to feel more like spring. The trouble is that meteorological spring comes to an end this week, so spring has been late in arriving but I guess it's better late than… Read More
Is It Really May?
2021-05-24 09:45
Last week was another week when it was hard to believe that it was May. If you visit Martyn's blog, you will have read that this May has been our wettest since Martyn started keeping records… Read More
Birthday Treat
2021-05-20 17:36
It was my birthday on Monday. I'm not going to tell you which one as I don't really believe it myself. How can time pass so quickly? Usually we go out for a meal to celebrate birthdays… Read More
A Dramatic Week
2021-05-17 08:27
The weather gods must have read my post last week and decided to up the ante. I stated that we hadn't had any real downpours - well we have now. Tuesday night the floodgates opened and sent… Read More
Our Fickle Soil
2021-05-10 11:02
We had rain, but until Saturday, nothing like the downpours people are experiencing in other areas. Our rain came at a steady pace of the showery type with the occasional bit of hail or slee… Read More
A Little Of The Wet Stuff
2021-05-03 09:03
Reality check - it is now May! Have the weather gods gone on strike? Have there meteorological clocks stopped? Just what is going on? We are just so behind in any gardening - I just wish som… Read More
Acer Flowers
2021-04-28 08:00
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Feeling Needled
2021-04-26 08:50
The weather at the moment is really needling us.  It’s conspiring to hold up progress on the allotment. We went months when all it seemed to do was rain and the ground was soggy a… Read More
Spring Flowers
2021-04-21 08:00
Copyright: Original post from Our Plot at Green Lane Allotments author S Garrett Copyright: Original post from Our Plot at Green Lane Allotments http://g… Read More
An Enforced Hiatus
2021-04-19 11:46
I mentioned in my last post that I had strained something in my shoulder. This affected my back and all of my arm so I decided to have a break from blogging, gardening and just about everyth… Read More
Out Of Action
2021-04-05 13:07
Any gardening activity has been put on hold for me. My problem with my shoulder has migrated and now the length of my arm and wrist are affected. When I wake up on the morning, I mostly feel… Read More
2021-03-31 07:43
Copyright: Original post from Our Plot at Green Lane Allotments author S Garrett Copyright: Original post from Our Plot at Green Lane Allotments http://g… Read More
2021-03-29 11:53
Last week we took advantage of the better weather conditions and worked on the allotment for another two afternoons.We haven’t started any planting out yet so we occupied ourselves wit… Read More
First Butterfly On Our Plot
2021-03-24 09:00
Copyright: Original post from Our Plot at Green Lane Allotments author S Garrett Copyright: Original post from Our Plot at Green Lane Allotments http://g… Read More
A Busy Week
2021-03-22 10:14
An improvement in the weather meant that the gardening activity moved up a pace last week.We managed to spend a couple of afternoons in the garden and the same on the allotment.First in the… Read More
Siskins Pay Us A Visit
2021-03-17 09:00
Copyright: Original post from Our Plot at Green Lane Allotments author S Garrett Copyright: Original post from Our Plot at Green Lane Allotments http://g… Read More
The March Winds Doth Blow
2021-03-15 11:18
Last week, March certainly lived up to its reputation of being a windy month. It was a week for hunkering down, so gardening was once more on hold. We can only hope that the winds played the… Read More
A New Bird On The Plot
2021-03-08 12:29
Last week was a bit of a teaser. One minute it was bright and sunny and it felt as though spring was knocking on the door. Then, when you were ready to let it in, it backed off and hid behin… Read More
At Long Last!
2021-03-01 11:49
Last week the weather improved and not only did we have two afternoons at Nostell Priory but we also had a couple of afternoons working on the allotment.Our first visit had to be without Rub… Read More
A Fine Afternoon At Nostell Priory
2021-02-24 09:00
Copyright: Original post from Our Plot at Green Lane Allotments author S Garrett Copyright: Original post from Our Plot at Green Lane Allotments http://g… Read More
Some Things Are Looking Up - A Bit
2021-02-22 18:31
An improvement in the weather meant that we could actually get out in the garden last week.The week started, however with a much needed walk for us and for Ruby. Current restrictions mean th… Read More
Just A Sharp Scratch
2021-02-16 15:39
I’ve no even slightly connected gardening activities to report from last week. No plot visits, no seed or plant deliveries, not even time browsing seed catalogues. I wonder whether vis… Read More
What A Week That Was
2021-02-08 16:42
Last week was a pretty hectic week although gardening hardly featured at all. The only remotely gardening related occurrence was the delivery of a small parcel of seeds from D T Brown… Read More
RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch 2021
2021-02-04 11:41
Since 2012 we've taken part in the RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch, which is held annually at the end of January. For one hour you must count the largest number of a species to be seen at any one… Read More
January 2021 In Pictures
2021-02-03 09:00
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Not So Glorious Mud
2021-02-01 16:09
If we were hippos or some other such creature we would be wallowing in the muddy soil on our allotment. As we are no such creature we are not enjoying the conditions at all.The general appea… Read More
Another Non-gardening Week
2021-01-25 10:09
The weather is still conspiring against us. Not only is it too wet to garden but it's too wet to plod round the allotment harvesting or taking Ruby for a walk.As far as vegetables goes we ar… Read More
Snowed Under
2021-01-18 10:26
We don't have snow very often. Looking through my database of photographs, the last lot of snow that we had was February and March 2018.Last Thursday, it snowed for most of the day and the l… Read More

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