Priory Cottage Blog


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First Phase of Planting

Posted on 30th March, 2020



Nearly 200 onions planted out on 26th March 2020 and covered with my mesh cloches.





















All potatoes planted out on 27th and 28th March 2020. Covered with pigeon netting to stop the blackbirds disturbing the banks of fresh compost.



Spring is on the way!

Posted on 1st March, 2020

This week saw the welcome return of Oscar after his 4 week adventure holiday.


It also saw the start of the growing season. I planted 140 onion bulbs in compartment trays filled with compost to give them a head start. This afternoon I will prepare the 2 beds for the onions grown from both sets and seed.


Itching to sow my tomato and cucumber seeds in the propogator but no rush as I have learned my lessons from previous years when the plants are stuck inside as it is still too cold at night to transfer to the greenhouse. Patience is the key word at this time of the year! 

First Planting

Posted on 22nd January, 2020

As the sun has started to get stronger over the greenhouse, I transplanted my winter cauliflowers over the weekend (click). The idea being to have a winter crop in the greenhouse before the tomatoes and cucumbers need planting out. Worked with onions last year and garlic the year before, so very much an experiment.


Oscar has been confined to the porch for the last week in readiness for his trip to the vets yesterday. He has now had the snip, been micro chipped, wormed and flead and so he won't have long before he can explore the garden at the weekend.

New Arrival

Posted on 15th January, 2020


We have a new arrival at Priory Cottage.


Unfortunately Oscar passed away very peacefully in the summer. 


Since then the local cats, mice and rats have been taking liberties!


Fortunately, I was introduced to a 6 month old farm cat from Filey called 'Mr Fluffy'


Having had a check up at the vets yesterday our new Oscar is in our back porch, effectively in quarantine until his snip and microchipping next Tuesday.


Like his predecessor he is a handsome chap, I just hope he brings his farm trained skills to my allotment!



About Time!!

Posted on 11th January, 2020

It has been along time coming but I have finally updated the website to cover the aquisition of our new allotment....nearly 4 years ago!!


As life on the allotment is more organised and settled I hope I can keep the website current and pass on my experiences a little sooner than I have done in the past.


I also hope to blog more often for any viewers who are interested in my lifestyle, particularly my no dig approach to allotment gardening.