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Sunny winter workout

Fab session at the plot until the rain set in. I went up via the German bakery in Ham to get some rolls and a piece of cake to go with my coffee. It was all misty in Richmond Park, with deer poking their heads up through it. Beautiful. I […]

Bonfires and land drains

The bonfire on the lower meadow was great. About 70 people came, both the BBQs were going at full pelt and I think we had enough wood to keep the fire going for the whole weekend if we’d wanted…! My bottle of homemade sloe gin didn’t last long (neither did […]

Happy Guy Fawkes!

I managed to catch the gardeners at the block this morning – they are really nice guys and will keep me some leaves for the plot. I was debating wandering round to the local park and scooping up some of the horse chestnut leaves – but I’m not sure how much […]

Winter clearing continues

It must be nearly winter, I am sneaking chilli plants back inside…The 2 habaneros are home, because they fitted into my bike basket, but I need the car to get the rest tomorrow, before the colder weather comes. There are at least 2 meals of padron peppers on the plants […]

Work party and seed sorting

Oooof! That’s the first full day I’ve spent up at the plots for a long old time, with very little sitting about. I smell of smoke, had to scrub my hands 4 times to get all the dirt off, and wash all the smuts/dirt off my face, but it feels really […]

Season’s drawing to a close

Clearing is beginning in earnest. The wind thoroughly ricketised my runner bean poles so they had to come down. The beans are yikky now anyway – who wants tough beans?! The tomatilloes are out too, and as with the beans, are all chopped up and in a dalek for compost. […]


Plot inspections done – 1 tenancy is being ended, so that makes 6 plots being given up for various reasons this year so far, 4 of those are on my field, which is a fairly high number given there are only about 25 active plots on our side. Three new […]

Plot as therapy

Bl**dy good job I have the plot – needed a bit of space yesterday. Pottering about in the mud does help. As does seeing things come up or ripen. I […]