Tuesday, 25 March 2014

It's Spring - Time to Plant Again!

The weather might've turned awful again, but here in East Anglia, we've had practically no Winter... So I've been down to the allotments we did manage to get our mitts on, and have been planting:
  • Garlic - Solent Wight (actually planted these in December)
  • Onions - red and white embarrassingly, I've already forgotten which varieties, planted in February)
  • Potatoes - first and second earlies (Winston and Maris Peer)

It's extremely hard work. The ground is heavy clay, and it's full of weed and grass. So, I've bought some phacelia, a green manure, to cover most of the allotment until it needs to be dug over.

Monday, 21 October 2013

Long Time No See

The reason for my absence!!! I had a baby at the end of August, and have since managed only to pull a few veg out of the ground, and order a few fruit trees for our (hopefully getting soon) allotment...

Will update more as soon as I am not dealing with sick, poo, wee, colic, and breastfeeding.

Friday, 13 September 2013

Gardening and Technology - Part 6 - Home Weather Stations

various symbols representing the weather

I have always been fascinated by the weather. But then, living in the British Isles, we Brits and Irish are probably the most weather-obsessed people on the planet... My youngest brother was also pretty into meteorological things and I'm pretty sure he either got, or wanted one of these little electronic weather stations you can put in your house:

Friday, 6 September 2013

Gardening and Technology - Part 5 - Software


Over the last few weeks, we've mostly looked at hardware technology for the garden. This week, we look at what kind of software is available to help you plan and track your growing plants.

Friday, 30 August 2013

Gardening and Technology - Part 4 - Irrigatia Solar Watering and Irrigation System

solar water pump for gardens and allotments

This is one of the coolest things I've ever seen in a gardening catalogue. The Irrigatia really impresses me and I quite want one for when I get my allotment, which in theory is imment. Compared to last week's and a fortnight ago's devices, this one seems like it actually really worth getting, especially if you live in a dry area. It's basically a little box of solar cells which is connected to a pump. You just pop it into your water butt or tank, and install the solar box on the wall. The manufacturer states that it will water every three hours, or as necessary. So, if it's really sunny, it'll water more often.

It comes with several drippers than can be spread out across your garden or allotment, and there is also a model that gives you longer pipes and even more drippers, if you've got a large area to look after.

It's under £100, looks like it's pretty easy to install, and is free to run thanks to the solar power! What more could you ask for?