The Allotment Wife


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Naughty Nature and Compost Delights

Just one lone daffodil on the allotment today, so we have a flower gap – oh the horror of it!!

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I have stuck it in a champagne glass at home to make it look less lonely, LOL. Still, other daffodils are on the way, but they look much smaller than we anticipated!…

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Maybe I will have to get some small bowls to float them in as they don’t look tall enough for an actual vase. Naughty daffodils!

Speaking of naughty flowers, here is the raised bed from which (I promise you!!) K and I removed ALL the tulip bulbs last year. EVERY SINGLE ONE!

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Hmm, that worked well, eh. Nature is obviously fighting our plans at every step! I might have to take these out before they flower and put them in a pot or something. As we already have two whole raised beds where the tulips are actually supposed to be …

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In more anticipated news, the lupin we were kindly given by an allotment neighbour last year is coming back so I’m looking forward to seeing that develop:

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K has taken out the last of the sprouts (sob!) and dug that bed over. He also dug through the old potato bed and put compost on it. As I absolutely LOVE compost, here is a picture of the wonderful stuff!

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What could be nicer?

I also trimmed round the plot borders and did a hoe-through, and K and I shaped up the more overgrown blackcurrant bushes:

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And here is the first autumn raspberry leaf, well gosh!

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A very small harvest today – just the last of the sprouts and that lone daffodil:

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By the way, I took a fresh tea towel for the flowers (when we get any more!) all the way up to the allotment and then all the way back again, as I forgot to take it out of my coat pocket! I hope I have better luck next week …

Have a great weekend!

Anne Brooke Books


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Eye care – improved dupe of “my” recipe is a new Product @ Sephora

Beauty over Forty

Remember when I wrote this?

Fixing my Under Eyes with Squalane and super cheap Eye Cream

and this?

Squalane – hip new skincare

When I wrote both those posts I had no idea that there was a company actually working on an eye cream that advertises squalane as a main active ingredient, so I was very surprised to find this under the new arrivals at Sephora. I take this as confirmation of my skincare instincts (also driven by experience see here).

In the product description on the Sephora website Biossance claims the following:

“Research results:

biossanceIn a use test panel of 32 volunteers age 27 to 66 using the product twice a day for 21 days:
– 98% of women said that skin on the upper eye lid appears firmer
– 98% of women said that skin under the eye is smoother
– 97% of women said that the puffiness under…

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Daffodils and an Early Bee

We’re nearly at the last of the early daffodils now, but they’ve been a lovely show. There was an early bee on one of them when I picked it, but I managed to persuade it to let go – eventually! I left one almost-open bud for it to feast on.

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In other good news, there’s one tulip stem showing in our tulip bed, hurrah! So next week we’ll take the netting off as there’s no danger of squirrels stealing them now. Still a lot of moles around though – I kicked over loads of hills today …

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Whilst there, I did a hoe round, and also had a good clear up of the first sprout bed, as K has now removed the netting from it. The sprouts have certainly done us proud. The rhubarb’s not quite there yet though, as you can see below – maybe next week, eh, LOL!

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Today’s harvest is sprouts and those daffodils. We’ll use the sprouts tonight – or some of them anyway – as we have friends round for dinner. They can admire the daffodils too, I hope!

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Here are the flowers at home – they’re so pretty, and I love them. Hope the next tranche turns up soon!

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Have a fabulous weekend, everyone!

Anne Brooke Books


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Direct Sowing in February?!

Hello all you gorgeous and wonderful blog readers! How’s it going? I hope you’re well.

The weather here has been absolutely gorgeous lately. The sun is shining; the birds are singing. Most importantly, I’m thinking about starting my vegetable garden for the spring! Last time I took a look-see at the 10 day forecast, I immediately became giggly with excitement. Ten days worth of sunshine, moderate temperatures, and nights above freezing. I decided to take action.

I’ve decided to go ahead and do a little gambling, and roll the dice with an early spring planting. Now, I should be clear – my last frost date isn’t until the first week of May. I am NOT planting out anything that is tender. Summer annuals are NOT something I’m even thinking about. However, there are several plants whose tolerance to cold and frost make them a great candidate to go ahead and…

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First daffodils!

Fabulous news from the allotment – the first daffodils are finally in bloom properly, hurrah!

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So thrilled about this that I can’t even speak, LOL! I have to admit that I wimped out today from actually going out as it’s snowing (yikes!) so I sent my lovely husband instead (what a mean wife I am!…), who brought them back for me, plus a couple of sprouts plants.

So that’s one full bed of sprouts finished, and another seven or so plants in the other sprout bed to go. They’re doing really well.

But look at those daffodils!!

Have a fabulous weekend and keep warm!

Anne Brooke Books

 


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Nearly Daffodil Time

The daffodils are nearly out on the allotment, hurrah! I might well pop in again this Thursday to see how they’re doing – it will be great once we can start having fresh flowers in the house. Plus other, later daffodils are also beginning to come up so that’s good too.

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Whilst there, K dug up the potato bed and I trimmed all the way round the allotment so it all looks a bit neater now, which is good news. I also hoed the beds and soft fruit area, which is much easier now the autumn raspberries are cut down, LOL!

K also shaped one of our older blackcurrant bushes to give it a bit of air and encourage growth:

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We’ll do the other older one next week. Here are the spare canes, which we won’t plant as we don’t have much space at the moment:

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So our harvest today is the usual sprouts and potatoes, but they’re always welcome!

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And here are the sprout leaves, which we’ll use as compost:

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Have a great weekend, everyone!

Anne Brooke


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The Great Raspberry Cull

We finished off pruning the rest of the autumn raspberry canes which we started on a couple of weeks ago today – it’s hard work but extremely satisfying when it’s all done!

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Weeding it will certainly be a lot easier now anyway. So we’ve taken back loads of canes for the garden waste at home, and there are still more at the allotment to bring back later.

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As you may remember, I was hoping to get at least one of our early daffodils in bloom in January, but sadly (sob!), this is not to be … but I’m hoping these ones will be in flower early Feb:

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The sweet williams seeds we planted last year are coming along slowly, which is positive:

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I’m hoping for good things from them!

Just a few sprouts and the last of the potatoes to harvest this week, but we feel proud we’ve managed to make them last so far.

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Have a great Sunday evening!

Anne Brooke Books