Thursday, June 29, 2006

Total Allotment Time: 1 & 3/4 hrs.
Principle Tasks: Watering seed beds. Grubbing up phacelia from first temporary growing area. Lightly forking over soil newly exposed from under plastic sheeting to remove any remaining weed roots as in recent posts.


Jimmy said...

Hi Tim

Those are interesting snails and you can find Hodmandods, just like yours(That is the big one!)at this link:

The other two I cannot name but interesting none the less. I must admit that I thought they were Roman snails and that they had been introduced as some sort of delicacy. We get them up here too. I once saw a program on the telly where someone had numbered theirs and kept them in a flower pot and then done some time lapse photography on them and it made very intertaining veiwing.

I am curious to know how you water the plants when you have so little rain. Surely your water butts are nowhere near full.

My lupin seeds seem to have failed to germinate - I will go back and try to get some small plants when I am off down the road on holiday. Or I could even photograph them.


Tim said...

Cheers Jimmy, nice blog that - pity she's not kept it up (and she's into Bob Dylan to boot! - I'm a big fan of The Mighty Zim myself) :o)

I have to admit that I've not as yet found the time (or will-power) to go look up the snails (although I'm pretty sure that the big one is 'only' a Garden Snail, rather than a Roman. I remember being really taken aback by the impressive size of the ones I found in my late aunts garden in Cheshire - quite possibly a third bigger again, and with less distinct markings). I would love to see them again. Locally common, I remember once reading.

The allotments have a good system of waterpipes, and my nearest waterpoint is only a half plot away. We've a hosepipe and sprinkler ban in place, but it's still acceptable to use cans (the association would switch them off entirely if need be). I've only a tiny back yard, so feel entitled to water the allotment (in moderation - I'm trying to go easy with it, hence the Mesem's for one).

Bad luck over your lupins. I did notice some growing along the railway line just over my back fence, but I'll resist the temptation to go collect seed from them - I'm sure the Orient Express would go by as I was doing so, if I did :o)

Best Regards,