Thursday, 1 January 2015

ByeBye 2014!

Looking back it wasn't such a bad year, but with just 32 blogposts clearly much of it wasn't on the allotment - 2015 will be more productive!
HAHA Committee Christmas Meal
I'm happy to say that our Christmas meal included home-grown: carrots, cabbage and parsnips and we've enjoyed 2013 chutneys and pickles over the Christmas break too. I was very pleased with the New Years Eve meal that I cooked: parsnip, chestnut, carrot & potato gratin, with a cheesy nutty topping - Mmm, so tasty, but I had to buy a big parsnip for that. Ours were ugly-looking with so much canker there was little left to work with, but they taste lovely.
Yum yum!
So, we visited the plot on the last day of 2014 and it's looking quite reasonable. The ground was frosted solid, so hopefully lots of unwanted beasties have been killed off the natural way.
2015 has begun with mild, wet weather and I can smell stew cooking in our new slow cooker, with the last of the parsnips in it.
The best-looking of our parsnips
We've got our new poly-greenhouse to play with and as a result we're having to re-organise the plots a bit - still need to do some planning. Is it a good idea to put the compost bins right next to the greenhouse? Apart from the mice who clearly love our Dalek composters, surely we'll be inviting pests in to infect our seedlings..? Advice would be appreciated.
Happy New Year everyone!


  1. I think rodents in compost is just a fact of life - we found a nest of mice in one of our heaps. It's such a tantalisingly warm and cosy place for them.

    Hope that 2015 is a good one for you.

    1. Thankyou Sue.
      I just did another post. I think all my banging about chased the mice away so I didn't find any but you're right - I don't blame the poor little things for taking advantage of that warm spot surrounded by food :-)


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