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Protecting From the Elements

Yesterday down the plot was all about protection. Although the sun has been out,  the wind is still strong and showers heavy. To give juvenile plants a start to get strong, I made a few shelters!

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Squash Protection
Two years ago I lost my first sowing of squash and pumpkin seedlings to torrential rain and wind. The second sowing of the year survived because of a triangular A-frame I made out of scrap wood. I decided to use the A-frame again this year to shelter the squash somewhat from the elements.

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Tomato Protection
I have an abundance of cucumber, pepper, aubergine, chilli and tomato plants so decided to use the rest of the potato bed and plant tomatoes to make space in the greenhouse. I feel very proud of the makeshift protective greenhouse.

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Brassica Protection
My cabbages have been destroyed by slugs. I am devastated due to the amount of time and effort I have put into making sure they are protected from club root. A fellow allotmenteer gave me some sprouts a week ago (a purple variety!?) so I planted them out next to the eaten cabbages. I’ve now put netting over the whole patch to protect from wind and butterflies.

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Easter Weekend Ramble in the Peaks

Normally I like to explore places using my trusty OS map, but following planned routes in my Peak District walking book really paid off. The morning walk started in a quaint village called Grindon; which was unusually busy because of the Easter service at the church. We flollowed the trail into some woodland on a steep valley which was wonderfully quiet and full of wild primulas and woodland shrubs.

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We got a glimpse of Thor’s cave as we emerged from the woodland and proceeded to stomp up towards the gaping hole!

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Inside the cave was an exit on the other side where is was immensely windy and refreshing!

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Very refreshing and windy!

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Beautiful woodland

We then walked on a cycle route for a few miles and had a mini lunch en route until finally exiting the route onto farmland, through some more woodland and onto farmland where unusually the farmer has kept the old stone wall field barriers. Beautiful.

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This little beauty was penned up on his own, we assume he is being hand reared as he has no mummy.

It was truly wondeful to see all the Spring lambs!

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Our second walk started in another quaint village called Elton, just outside Matlock where we walked to a climber’s bouldering haven called Robin Hood’s Stride.

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How did these rocks get here!?

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Strawberries and Rhubarb Bed

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Some of the strawberry plants that I put in the greenhouse a few weeks ago have developed flowers already so I decided to plant them out in their designated area around my rhubarb crown. I managed to manure the bed in January so the soil is rich with worms 🙂

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I dug all my strawberries up last year as most were eaten by a larvae. I saved a few strong offsprings so hopefully these will not be subject to the same fate this year! Has anybody else had strawberry larvae? I thought strawbs were hardy and resistant to pests and diseases!