E.J.Wilkins

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photoblog image At the Allotment - January

At the Allotment - January


Barn and Tent cloches

These are "resting", waiting to be cleaned up used to cover seedlings and be used as mini-greenhouses for low-growing plants.

The ones in the foreground are Barn Cloches. They are more expensive because they use more glass, their profile means they can be sued almost up to the glass whereas the Tent Cloches in the background are really only for seedlings, and will probably be put in a line to protect a "drill".

The glass isn't too expensive, it will be toughened horticultural glass. The weight will help keep them anchored in windy weather.

The modern alternative is to use polycarbonate and plastic clips such as - these for barn cloches -  and - these for Tent Cloches -  although I think - this wooden, home made one - is very clever.

There's also a relevant conversation on - Allotments 4 All - that some people might find interesting and/or useful.
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This series of pictures was taken at local Allotments, which is land owned by the council that can be rented for growing plants (fruit/vegetables/flowers) for use in the home. The land is separated into measured strips, rather like the mediaeval field systems.

I do not have an allotment. I am grateful for the tenants who didn't mind me taking a few pictures.

Picture taken 16th January 2009

**** Apologies, I've been trying to respond to earlier comments but it's taking absolutely ages because the page keeps going blank and hanging. I'll try to catch up as soon as it's sorted out.

I hope you know that I do welcome and appreciate your comments
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At the Allotment - January


Barn and Tent cloches

These are "resting", waiting to be cleaned up used to cover seedlings and be used as mini-greenhouses for low-growing plants.

The ones in the foreground are Barn Cloches. They are more expensive because they use more glass, their profile means they can be sued almost up to the glass whereas the Tent Cloches in the background are really only for seedlings, and will probably be put in a line to protect a "drill".

The glass isn't too expensive, it will be toughened horticultural glass. The weight will help keep them anchored in windy weather.

The modern alternative is to use polycarbonate and plastic clips such as - these for barn cloches -  and - these for Tent Cloches -  although I think - this wooden, home made one - is very clever.

There's also a relevant conversation on - Allotments 4 All - that some people might find interesting and/or useful.
.....

This series of pictures was taken at local Allotments, which is land owned by the council that can be rented for growing plants (fruit/vegetables/flowers) for use in the home. The land is separated into measured strips, rather like the mediaeval field systems.

I do not have an allotment. I am grateful for the tenants who didn't mind me taking a few pictures.

Picture taken 16th January 2009

**** Apologies, I've been trying to respond to earlier comments but it's taking absolutely ages because the page keeps going blank and hanging. I'll try to catch up as soon as it's sorted out.

I hope you know that I do welcome and appreciate your comments
.....

comments (17)

  • Chris
  • England
  • 13 Feb 2009, 02:41
I love this image Ellie: it's one of the best I've seen on S/C
EJWilkins: It reminds me so much of the garden I grew up with, a comfy sort of picture I think
  • Kay
  • United States
  • 13 Feb 2009, 02:47
Ellie, this shows the gardeners really do care about their plants and give them tender care. Nicely captured!
EJWilkins: They wouldn't spend the money on the allotment, take the time to go there regularly if they weren't serious. The more care put into the plants, the better the yield wink
  • zed
  • Australia
  • 13 Feb 2009, 07:06
Never seen the like of these before ellie
EJWilkins: really? I grew up with this sort of thing, I thought they were common just about everywhere with gardens. I've learned something now, thanks smile
Very interesting Ellie. I also think the homemade jobbie is brilliant. You've done a lot of research for this series.
EJWilkins: I added what I already knew, from my dad's gardening and our own efforts, didn't take many minutes to find out the rest. thanks for the compliment
I take my hat off to you, Elle, for creating some fine shots from something that others might consider unworthy.
EJWilkins: A compliment indeed - do you think I should look for some sheep? wink
Quite interesting Ellie. The very first time I see these! Fine shot.
EJWilkins: Really? Just said to Zed that I thought everybody knew what cloches were, I had no idea not everybody used them.
  • anniedog
  • United Kingdom
  • 13 Feb 2009, 10:06
They look kind of surreal - like mini-houses. When I was really into vegetable gardening I'm afraid I could never be bothered with this sort of nannying - my seedlings had to be strong enough to stand up to the elements unprotected, or else perish!
Ingrid
EJWilkins: Ah, we learned that if we gave them a bit of shelter it gave us a few weeks extra growing time, and more to eat! wink
  • Aussie
  • Brisbane
  • 13 Feb 2009, 12:15
New to me, but it makes a nice image.
EJWilkins: They just give little plants that extra bit of help, protecting them from frost and so on, until the weather's good enough for them to cope on their own - gives them a head start and leads to earlier, often better, crops
Dont think I've seen a seies like this in pictures..its an education..Great...but I prefer my slippers..to wellie boots !
EJWilkins: I'm re-living my childhood, I think. All memories of what my Dad did without a second thought, and we've almost completely forgotten
little tents.
Like the effect.
the thumb makes you ;look closer
Cheers
Rob
EJWilkins: They are like little tents, to protect little plants smile
I am having the same problem replying to comments. I have to press the reload page or back buttons and then I sometimes get a message about having to resend the information...I don't know if people are getting my replies once,twice or not at all!! I have reported it and they are looking into it.

anyway i like this addition to the allotment series
EJWilkins: Comments thing seems to be fixed now. smile

Will be off back to the allotments late March, all being well
Good shot Ellie, I just wonder how much more time will pass before Health and Safety say these are too dangerous to be used with all that unshielded glass.
EJWilkins: I think they have to use greenhouse glass, which is toughened. I know my Dad didn't, probably because it was too expensive, we learned to be very careful!
A lot of people use polycarbonate, but it has a nasty habit of getting blown away!
  • _Monika_
  • United Kingdom
  • 13 Feb 2009, 20:49
Tell me Ellie how do you do it that your pics are so wonderfully crisp and sharp???
EJWilkins: In the editing I sort out the levels and contrast and sometimes a touch of colour. All digital pictures need some sharpening once they've been resized for the web.

If anything needs more than the most basic editing I use Gimp, which is much easier to use than photoshop, it's also free!
Good composition. I like!
EJWilkins: Gracias Jose Angel smile
I like allotments. They have their own aesthetic and I think you've caught it well in this image.
EJWilkins: They're rather wonderful to wander around, I made sure I asked because I would hate people to think I was trespassing.

Sad to say that some allotments are targetted by food thieves. A sign of the times I think.
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 15 Feb 2009, 13:33
A bedouin camp ... almost. Cloches - learned a new word today, thank you. I just hope I can remember it.
EJWilkins: Think of a "Cloche Hat" too, not that you'd ever have worn one, and nor have I! wink
I like very much this serie !

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