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frankbeswick

frankbeswick

I am retired schoolteacher deeply into horticulture, spiritual matters and history. I am keen on walking and reading. I am married with four adult children.

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frank beswick

frank beswick

The blog of Frank Beswick. It deals with my interests in religious, philosophical spiritual matters and horticulture/self-reliance
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Articles : 182
Since : 12/04/2011
Category : Religions & Beliefs

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Investing in Your Plot.

What is investment? It can mean spending money, but it can involve buying in resources for your use. In reality the two go together, for you spend the money to obtain the resources. Recently, for my second plot I spent some money purchasing raised beds. But investment is not just buying new material, but having and re-using what you have got. I am

Progress on the new plot.

The situation with the weedy, abandoned plots on either side of mine has greatly improved. The neighbouring half plot tomy left has been taken by a man who has dug it well and cleared the weeds, and the neighbouring plot on the other side is in the process of being cleared. This is a great help to me as the weeds now will not spread from their plot

As the growing season ends

We went down to the allotment a day or so ago, Andrew and I. We did not spend long, as he was tired after a short,minor illness. The aim was to prepare the ground for the end of the season. We were concerned to mulch the soil, as we have had a bare patch after the crops were harvested and we needed to protect the soil. The solution was weed control

Mid-Autumn Work

I was late starting allotment work today as my local member of parliament had invited me to a meeting on religious persecution, so that took up the morning.When it had finished I ate a quick meal and then went to the allotment. First job was to find and speak to Rick,the plotholder who cuts the grass paths.I have let him deposit the grass cuttings

Servicing the Greenhouse in Autumn

I left the tomatoes until the cold air had slowed them to a halt. It has been a good year for the greenhouse, an eight by six foot structure. It now needed clearing ahead of winter. I cleared some weeds from the area around it, for it is amazing how weeds manage to spring up near structures, where they cannot be as easily hoed out as can weeds in o

Thoughts on next year's gardening

Autumn is the time to plan, but not to set your plans in stone, for there can be reflection during Winter and early Spring.The flower bed may need renewal, so there is a case for waiting until the heliopsis have died back and then digging them up. I will plant smaller flowers that do not take the light from other plants.Behind the flower bed the he

Gardening in the Autumn weather

We in Britain don't get hurricanes like the United States do, but we get the tail enders of the hurricanes at times, as weather systems circle the Atlantic, and that's what is happening today. It is pouring with rain, not sustainedly, but at times, and you cannot predict when. The weather systems lose power in the North Atlantic so we don't get the

5 October 2017

Andrew and I decided to do some clearance today, and we focused in one corner around an apple tree. He wanted some more apples,probably for jam, and I let him have them. We picked quite a few and then cleared weeds round the trunk. We also began a remodelling,pulling out some unwanted bushes and raspberry canes. This involved clearing material such

After Storm Ophelia

My area of Britain was fortunate not to suffer much from the storm that hit Ireland, as the North West of England only took the side of the storm, though coastal regions suffered the worst. We checked with Maureen's relatives in the Irish Republic and found that one had lost two trees on her farm, while another suffered flooding in her coastal dist

The sweet potatoes

My gardening friends were gloomy, but adamant."You'll get lots of leaves and a mass of vines, but there will be nothing to show for it, no tubers at all. You'll see!" I persevered with the five sweet potato slips planted in compost-filled pots in my greenhouse, watered them and fed them with pelleted chicken manure. Sure enough, the vine and the le