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Summer’s here

It’s been swelteringly hot and most days I go up just to water. There’s not been much time for anything else while Small Child has been with us. I’ve filled the hotbin with the remains of the manure pile (fresh delivery later that day as per s*d’s law) and it […]

Very quick trip up last night, accompanied by 2 girls who were more intent on watering their feet than the plants… Picked 2 tubs of juicy, sweet blackberries, a big bunch of sweetpeas and was donated a patty pan squash from a neighbour – I’ve tried unsuccessfully to grow them […]

Progress is hit and miss

As ever, Mum has been brilliant and watered my stuff. We were up in the Peak District and had much cooler weather. However now I am back I see the weeds are taking over in 2 beds and I will need to spend some time getting them back in order […]

Pre-holiday rushes

I am running around like a headless chicken trying to get all things ticked off on my list before we go away – for only FOUR days! Imagine the panic I’d be in if it were a proper holiday! I’d be at DefCon2 verging on 1. With much heaving about, […]

Benefits of the longer days

Lovely long session post-work today – I really needed that and am feeling so relaxed and calm. I got there at about 6ish, armed with leeks, which aren’t in the ground but are at least a step closer. After 4 hours there I have: – watered and turned 2 daleks […]

Hampton Court, some berries and a hotbin

Not had much time at the plot recently. My friend Maggie did a sterling impression of Mrs Overall when helping me move office and we spent a fabulous day at Hampton Court Flower Show as a reward – it’s very handy living nearby. With the river boat just a hop, […]

Plot inspections last night inbetween the showers. We will have a few plots for re-let soon, but what was great to see was how good most of the plots are looking this year. At the plot, I watered the pots as I won’t be back there again till late Thursday […]

Harvest barrow

An allotment first this weekend – having to barrow my harvest to the car!  And Lionel gave me some delicious figs – I wish I had space for a fig tree! […]