LOVE & TOIL AT THE PLOT
It’s been a mammoth task planting out the last batch of veggies at the allotment. Not helped by daring to go on holiday, and so to catch up I’ve been putting in all the hours that I possibly can. At last its all in and the list goes like this: Broccoli, Brussels, cauliflower, celeriac, leeks, tomatoes, sweet corn, climbing French beans, courgettes (lemon and Tuscany black), pumpkins (Knucklehead), and butternut squash.
The squash really looked like it needed to climb on something and so I provided a platform from an old seed rack. But that was too high so I devised a ladder made from string and bamboo to help it on its way.
Harvesting now is spinach and lettuce. Strawberries are not long to follow. Broad beans and peas are gaining weight every time I check. Carrots and parsnips didn’t germinate and so I’m ready to sow a fresh batch of carrots. This time I’ll try a sprinkling of fresh compost in the drills.
My cut flower bed is progressing with cosmos starting to flower. Lupin, lavertera, nigella and poppies all were sown in position and are progressing well.
Building site on the horizon
One depressing situation is that the builders have started on a housing estate in the field next door. It’s been five years since the plans were passed and the allotments fate is in the hands of local land-owners. Mine is phase two of the development but I’m hoping another couple of years before I have to pack up. So I’m making the most of it while I can.
Back home my new water butts stand out like a sore thumbs and so camouflaging resulted in much to-ing and fro-ing and looking from every angle. I’m so pleased with the butts they have already been very productive. Whats more, at the allotment I was given an old butt for free and so am now happy that I have water close by.
Lastly, a succulent wreath I made for Christmas is flowering away and looks so pretty on the potting bench. It’s a little tricky to water and some plants have succeeded where others have failed. Definitely a project that was well worth the effort.