Mick's Corner

1st December 2013 - Mick is making leaf mould for himself and the kids at his local school

8th December 2013 - Garlic, Rhubarb, Compost and the electricity bill are on Mick's mind this week

15th December 2013 - Fruit Tree maintenance, trialling Compost Tea and some weird porridge oats!

22nd December 2013 - Mick and Worm Compost (with a big name)!

29th December 2013 - A cracking Xmas present from the Mother in Law!


5th January 2014 - Looking after the birds (feathered ones!) and sowing peppers

12th January 2014 - Mick is doing what he does best - talking! And has a new pet!

19th January 2014 - Back to ladders again and more garlic!

26th January 2014 - Mick's in Liquid Gold!

2nd February 2014 - Shopping?? at Aldi and Lidl??

10th May 2014 - Mick's method for planting onions

10th May 2014 - Another dollop: sprouts

10th May 2014 - Straw and worms - like you've never seen before!

10th May 2014 - Foliar feeding, and it's all go in the greenhouse

17th May 2014 - Gladioli, sweet potatoes, grapes, carrots and beetroot

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24th May 2014 - Compost tea, shallots, leeks, and tomatoes

31st May 2014 - Tomatoes, Cucumbers, Gladioli, and Mick's various plots

8th June 2014 - Sweet potatoes, carrots and composting

15th June 2014 - Onions, leeks, and BBC Gardener's World Live at the NEC!

20th June 2014 - Cayenne chilli peppers, shallots and badgers!

29th June 2014 - Onion sets, blackberries and black currants

5th July 2014 - Things are getting into full swing on the plot

13th July 2014 - Sweet potatoes, giant earthworms and Black Country Day!

20th July 2014 - Shallots, tomatoes, onions and peas

25th July 2014 - Preparing the greenhouse for the summer and show preparation

3rd August 2014 - Coseley Allotments and problems with badgers!

8th August 2014 - Abbey Road Allotments BBQ and Open Day

16th August 2014 - Caslon Primary School Allotment and blackcurrant wine

29th August 2014 - Harvesting, Gladioli and memories from Mauritius!

4th September 2014 - Brussels sprouts, damson jam and continuing the harvest

13th September 2014 - Mildew on peas, pansies and keeping the pests at bay!

19th September 2014 - Sweet potatoes, longest runner bean competitions and overwintering onions

4th October 2014 - A great weekend at Malvern Autumn Show, sweet potatoes and peas

11th October 2014 - Preparing for winter

17th October 2014 - Clearing the greenhouse, and starting off the overwintering onions and pickling shallots

26th October 2014 - Pickling, wine, and worm casts!

31st October 2014 - Chillies, bed preparation and Coseley Allotments Presentation Evening

8th November 2014 - Pot leeks, raspberries and rhubarb

16th November 2014 - Garlic, grapes and preparing the school plot for next season

22nd November 2014 - Sprouts, compost tea and the greenhouse in November

30 November 2014 - reconstructing the polytunnel, pricking out the big onions and white rot

7th December 2014 - planting shallots and pot leeks

16th December 2014 - planting fruit, onion & leek rings, and more developments to the polytunnel

20th December 2014 - polytunnel update, a blast from the past and sowing chillies

27th December 2014 - Christmas special!


3rd January 2015 - spent hops, prepping the fruit trees & bushes and 8oz onion progress

10th January 2015 - soil tests and collecting seaweed

18th January 2015 - liming and manure!

24th January 2015 - nappies and the Navy!

31st January 2015 - composting, pruning and planting the garlic

8th February 2015 - pruning, onion sets and a talk on leeks

14th February 2015 - potting up leeks and The National Coal Mining Museum for England

21st February 2015 - preparing for the bring & buy sales, and sprouts

5th March 2015 - potting on, covering up and the school plot!

7th March 2015 - planting shallots and developments at the school plot

15th March 2015 - preparing the tunnel, Kid's Gardening Club, and leeks

19th March 2015 - busy, busy, busy!

28th March 2015 - The Edible Garden Show, grapevines and talks

4th April 2015 - overwintering crops, pot leeks and potting up

17th April 2015 - pot leeks, rhubarb and chillies

26 April 2015 - the growing season continues

1st May 2015 - stump carrots, an update from Caslon Primary School and Malvern Spring Show

18th May 2015 - Malvern Spring Show (the results!) and thinning shallots

25th May 2015 - tomatoes, shallots and flags!

1st June 2015 - gladioli, onions and a resident pheasant!

6th June 2015 - sweet potatoes, sprouts, beetroot and manure collecting

16th June 2015 - progress on the plot and BBC Gardener's World Live 2015!

21st June 2015 - sweet potatoes, pot leeks and Caslon Primary School gardening club

27th June 2015 - flit sprayers, the orchard and Caslon Primary School gardening club

5th July 2015 - Kidderminster Show, peppers and rhubarb

12th July 2015 - grapes, cucumbers and harvesting onions

20th July 2015 - Home & Garden Show, raspberries and the polytunnels

26th July 2015 - Allotment BBQ & Open Day, tomatoes and intermediate leeks

1st August 2015 - Sweet potatoes, Awards evenings and grapes

9th August 2015 - fruit cages, composting and worms

18th August 2015 - St Lucia and onions

21 August 2015 - grapes, chillies and garlic

29 August 2015 - carrots, onions and the West Midlands DA show

6 September 2015 - gladioli, fruit and new polo shirts

13 September 2015 - some photos from Colley Gate Show 2014

26 September 2015 - Colley Gate Show 2015

4 October 2015 - Malvern Autumn Show and Colley Gate Allotments

10 October 2015 - preparing onions for store, blueberries and preserves

17 October 2015 - pricking out Toughball, chillies and the School Gardening Club

24 October 2015 - gladioli, storing onions, and cooking lessons!

1 November 2015 - broad beans, composting and sweet potatoes

8 November 2015 - clearing the greenhouse, prepping for winter and pickling

14 November 2015 - fruit trees, mushroom compost and presentation evenings!

22 November 2015 - raised beds, storms and the first (of hopefully many) seminars!

28 November 2015 - raised beds, prize giving and onion sets

5 December 2015 - blueberries, garlic and wood chip

13 December 2015 - re-sprouting fruit, scaffold boards and worms!

20 December 2015 - raised bed preparation and resident frogs

28 December 2015 - Christmas festivities, top dressing and chilli peppers

3 January 2016 - tunnel cleaning, Christmas leftovers and the allotment trading shed

10 January 2016 - manure, worms and gardening engagements

24 January 2016 - tunnel cleaning, rhubarb wine and maps of DAs

31 January 2016 - raspberries, talks and ventilating the greenhouse

13 February 2016 - composting, School Gardening Club and Colley Gate AGM

22 February 2016 - garlic, shallots and more composting

28 February 2016 - Compost tea, Caslon Primary School Gardening Club and llama dung!

19 March 2016 - The Edible Garden Show 2016

4th April 2016 - onion sets, talks and wood chip

8th April 2016 - Allotments, Colley Gate Gardening Club meeting and school gardening club

16th April 2016 - chillies, shallots and talks in Wales

24th April 2016 - roots, on the plot and more talks

2nd May 2016 - Red Ray onions, Caslon Primary School and Moles Seeds

7th May 2016 - Planting out onions, talks and Caslon Primary School

15th May 2016 - fruit netting, grape pruning and more talks!

21 May 2016 - Jersey, Jersey and more Jersey!

29th May 2016 - compost tea, talks and thinning shallots

11th June 2016 - Bring & Buy sale, pruning and liquid fish

18th June 2016 - Gardener's World Live weekend

3rd July 2016 - Haygrove tunnel, shallots and more talks!

17th July 2016 - pests, allotment plots and Caslon Nursery visit

27th July 2016 - Home & Garden Show, grafting and raspberries

7th August 2016 - Annual BBQ, reunion and thinning grapes

14th August 2016 - cherries, intermediate leeks and badger watch!

26th August 2016 - Jamaica, Jamaica, Jamaica!

1 September 2016 - badgers, chillies and judging shows

17th September 2016 - show preparations, badger update and pea problems!

24th September 2016 - Colley Gate Annual Show, wine making and more talks!

16th October 2016 - Caslon Primary School, brandy and chillies

23rd October 2016 - seaweed, gladiolis and apples

28th October 2016 - hops, allotments and chillies!

6th November 2016 - compost, presentation evening and talks

19th November 2016 - Medwyn's seminar

26th November 2016 - manure, apples and DA meeting

2nd December 2016 - more from the plot, leaf blowing and school gardening club

11th December 2016 - pruning, composting and coffee!

19th December 2016 - composting, roast potatoes and Christmas!

1st January 2017 - composting, Christmas and new season sowings

8th January 2017 - brandy, raised beds and the start of another year of talks!

15th January 2017 - leeks, mushroom compost and the AGM

22nd January 2017 - onion seedlings, compost and raised beds

29th January 2017 - garlic, raised beds and roast dinner!

11th February 2017 - compost, trading hut and raised beds

19th February 2017 - raspberry canes, spent hops and manure!

26th February 2017 - storm Doris, raised beds and compost

5th March 2017 - chillies, potting on and a new polytunnel cover

12th March 2017 - polytunnel cover replacement, planting shallots and seedlings

25th March 2017 - talks, full greenhouse and alpaca poo!

3rd April 2017 - sweetcorn, onion sets and spent hops

15th April 2017 - raised beds, sprouts and fruit bushes

23rd April 2017 - strawberries, onions and leeks