Allotment… day 7

I only spent a short amount of time at the allotment today, but got a lot done. I dug out one more row, finishing a second bed off. I have now dug 25% of one side of the allotment! I hesitate to say it, but it really isn’t taking that much time to dig now. I seem to have a rhythm going and I’m not sure there’s as many weeds as there were on the edges. Now I’ve said that I’m going to hit the worlds largest weed the next time I go up. 

I also watered the vegetables, especially the tomatoes as they wouldn’t have seen much if any of the rain that we’ve had recently. The problem with having so many vegetables planted is they need a lot of water, and the rain we have had hasn’t been enough to fill the water butt. I have enough for the next couple of days, but after that it is ration time.

It looks as though the carrots are happy, although I am not sure I could say the same for the courgettes and chard, but who knows? It may well be that they are taking time to wake up or the rain has beaten them down. Elizabeth and I put some slug pellets down yesterday to try and protect them as much as possible, so hopefully they’ll spring to life soon enough.

Finally, I have planned my raised bed for the asparagus. The wonderful design is in my head, I just need to make it a reality. No rush at all for this, which is lucky, as I have a heck of a lot of digging to get through first!

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New allotment

Okay,  so a diversion from the norm but as I haven’t posted for nearly a year maybe this is a new norm?

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Enough of the ramblings, onto allotments. In a moment of rashness I rented an allotment on Monday – more weeds than Weed City and hasn’t been used for a year, but it has a (broken) shed and a (dusty) compost heap.

Last year, Elizabeth and I decided to grow tomatoes.  It worked well, tomatoes grew; so we decided to try again this year. Not just tomatoes though – carrots, peas, beans, courgettes and a few others I’ve forgotten about and my writing has rubbed off the stick – pot luck I guess.

We have a problem though, as we moved house last summer,  this garden just doesn’t get enough sun. And even I know that in vegetable growing recipes, sun is a key ingredient.

Enter stage left, Eileen. I found her number on the Internet and she asked me to meet her at the end on the lane. Luckily this is where the allotments are, and the start of new blog posts with bad puns. The allotment was the incredible sum of £12.50 a year and Elizabeth has the biggest grin on her face since smiling was invented. Her top five things to grow are:

  1. Rhubarb (not sure why, she’s not that keen on it)
  2. Nettles (to encourage butterflies)
  3. Tomatoes
  4. Carrots and
  5. Blueberries (she has even saved me a pip from the last one she had. Nice.)

On the way back from showing her the allotment, she said how she thinks growing your own vegetables is a really caring thing to do. As there is enough food in the world for everyone to eat, but we are greedy in this country and waste too much. If we grow our own, maybe that will mean that other people who are going hungry will get to eat some food. I kind of wish I had recorded it, as it was a very grown up thing for a small girl to say, and I’m very proud of her.

Anyway, away with the mushy stuff, now the day dreaming starts…

So far, I have researched gravity microirrigation, have encountered John Harrison and his wonderful world of allotments (by the way, his Vegetable Growing Month-by-Month is a gripping read, and you get it signed, AND you get free seeds!). I’ve bought a water butt (don’t giggle); some guttering for my shed and I am very much looking forward to handling my Dutch Hoe.  Not to end the puns there, I told Elizabeth that Grandad’s friend Willie has a rotovator we may be able to borrow. Except I would have, if I could have got passed saying Willie… wow, did she giggle or what?!

So, there’s lots of work to do, I’m sure and not much growing this year, other than weeds 🙂