February 2010 - Angela's plot

Uploaded by RealAllotments on 27.02.2010

Just finishing digging over this little patch,
which had carrots in last year, as you can see.
I'll put those in a bucket.
Few little bonus carrots, never the wrong time of year for a harvest.
And now I'm going to be planting a little blackberry bush in this corner.
The reason I'm planting it here is because this is the shady end of the allotment.
Blackberries are pretty much OK with that.
It's right next to a couple of raspberry plants.
I have actually got blackberries along this fence, which grow over the fence.
And I can harvest them til kingdom come, if I didn't mind getting prickled.
But they do grow kind of in the way which is why I'm planting my own,
so then I can hack those back and not feel bad about it.
ERIKA: Where did you get that from?
Garden centre. I bought it last autumn,
I was going to plant it last autumn
because I'm pretty sure that's when you're supposed to plant it.
But what with one thing and another, I never got around to it,
so it's getting planted now.
And that's all I'm doing - digging a hole, sticking it in,
pressing it down a little bit to make sure there's no air spaces.
Soil's wet enough, I'm not even going to water it.
That's it! Job done.
ERIKA: Do you want to show us the rest of your allotment?
Well, the first thing I want to do actually is dig up some artichokes.
Jerusalem artichokes here, I planted them last spring. It was about April time.
I've harvested some already this winter.
This is what they look like when they're dead.
They look like giant sunflowers without the flowers when they're alive.
I'm gonna dig in and hope not to spear too many with my fork.
Here we are, look at that - lovely knobbly tubers.
ERIKA: Fartichokes! ANGELA: They do make you fart!
And if you don't want to fart, you shouldn't eat them.
There are ways to make them less farty, apparently.
ERIKA: Give them to your pigs. ANGELA: Give them to your pigs! [laughter]
But, yeah, there's no way to make them completely fart free, as far as I know.
They do grow really easily though, and you can harvest them in February,
and there's not many plants you can say that about.
ERIKA: That's a fine harvest to be having in February.
Let's see if there's any more in here.
SOPHIE: Mummy, I'm hungry. ANGELA: You're hungry? Well do you want an artichoke?
SOPHIE: No. ANGELA: How about a carrot?
You can go and wash this under the tap and eat it if you want.
ERIKA: One of the joys of the allotment.
There we are. That's one, I think we'll have another plant out of here.
ERIKA: How many did you plant? ANGELA: Five.
This is my second harvest and if anything it's not as good as my first harvest.
My first harvest I had a huge bagful, just from two plants.
ERIKA: And are you keeping any of those to plant this year?
I don't think you can help it.
I think the idea with Jeruslamen artichokes is you can never get them all up.
So you get them next year in the same place,
regardless of whether you want them or not. [Laughter]
They say once you've planted artichokes you've got them forever.
ERIKA: But are you going to plant a few just in case?
I am going to plant a few small ones, just in case,
that aren't worth the bother of peeling.
But I'm not expecting it to be a problem to be honest.
One I missed.
ERIKA: Crikey, that's loads.
ERIKA: And what are you going to do with those artichokes, Angela?
Well the last time, which I found was the best thing to do with them,
I part boiled them, then chucked the water away.
They say that gets rid of the fartiness of them.
It's a starch called inulin, I think, which is indigestible
and that's why it causes wind.
ERIKA: Osiris, off that please.
Yeah, don't stand on the soil while it's wet.
If you part boil it and then chuck the water away,
that gets rid of quite a bit of the starch,
so that's the reason for that.
And then what I did was just slice them up and make a gratin out of them. Very nice. ERIKA: Lovely
Right, put these on the compost.
I'm quite glad to have these, because I'm starting a new compost bed over here.
You don't need to follow me! [Laughter]
It's a good idea to have lots of woody, sticky things at the bottom
to keep it nice and aereated as you get loads of other stuff on the top.
That compost bed over there, well I'm letting that rot down now
I shall use it next spring.
Then hopefully this one will be ready the spring after.
Right, care for a tour? ERIKA: Yes, please.
ERIKA: Love your shed. ANGELA: It's a lovely shed.
ERIKA: Oh, no show us this. ANGELA: Oh, this is my water butt.
ERIKA: Train!
I put some guttering onto the shed. It comes down here,
and this diverts it into the water butt.
ERIKA: Oh, that's quite good, where did you get that from?[Laughter.]
ANGELA: Free, off the council!
And I've done a soakaway down here,
because what I don't want to happen is for this to get full up
And then all the water to come out and cause a big puddle.
So I've got a soakaway down here, which is very simple
Dig a big hole, fill it with rocks, bit of gravel on the top.
ERIKA: She says simple, but it's simple for Angela. I don't like digging...
This is chard - it lives through a nuclear winter, that's good stuff.
ERIKA: Chard of dooooom OSIRIS: Ooh yuck, ooh yuck, ooh yuck.
This contraption had some broccoli and stuff in it last year.
The netting was to keep the cabbage whites off.
I think it worked, but it didn't really do well over the winter.
Garlic's coming up nicely.
I planted that in about October or November,
and it seems to have survived the winter really well.
This I think it probably where I'm going to put the potatoes this year -
haven't really decided for sure yet. It hasn't been dug at all before.
This is broad beans.
Probably about half of them have come up and survived the winter.
I planted those in about October too.
I'm quite happy with that, but I think I'll plant a few more to fill in the gaps.
This is my daughter's little patch.
She decided to dig it up today, but then kind of got bored.
Dahlias, she had in there, and some peas and cucumbers and lots of good stuff.
Down here is my onion bed. I've got three or four different types of onions.
They could do with a bit of weeding
but, on the whole, I'm quite pleased with how they've survived the winter.
They went in same time as the garlic.
This was gladiodli last summer.
I should have pulled them up over the winter,
because they don't do very well standing in the ground
But one of those things you don't get around to.
So this is the part that's making me very happy this spring!
ERIKA: They're so beautiful. ANGELA: My beautiful crocuses.
I planted these two winters ago, and they've come up again really nicely.
I've got some daffs and some other bulbs coming up too,
over the next few weeks and months.
SOPHIE: Solomon wants a carrot.
ANGELA: Well he can have a carrot. Or why don't you share that one with him?
ANGELA: Is it delicious? Can you see this is a purple carrot? SOPHIE: Uh-huh.
ANGELA: That's "Purple Haze". Orange in the middle, purple on the outside.
ERIKA: Purple Haze - happy child. [laughter]
Quite muddy.
That's it. That's my plot!