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Surprisingly pleasant digging

Oh I am tired! Double dug 2.4m of the new 4.8m purple bed. Apart from the tree roots it was actually a lot easier than some of the others have been. There are very few weeds and the soil is quite crumbly, though very clay-ey underneath. Half the remainder was […]

Nipped up yesterday to winkle out some woodchip from the compound’s edges so the path is done between the blue and purple beds. The new couple further down the slope have put in 6 raised beds and it looks great – like elves have been and sorted things! Lovely Lionel […]

Spuds are up

Weekend in Glasgow, so not a lot of time messing about at the allotment. I did manage a couple of hours, but am feeling a little ‘jaded’. No frost damage up at the plot and all the potatoes are now through. Slugs have had the globe artichokes, so I might […]

In the doghouse…

Him Indoors has spotted the green paint. Pointed comments have been made. Compounded my error by leaving the soil-covered sweetcorn forks I use to prick out seedlings in a spot where they could be mistaken for being clean. Luckily he saw the compost before putting fork & melon in his mouth… […]

Allotmenteering between the showers

My sweetpeas are now in, with borage seedlings at their feet. I’ve also put in a short row of golden beetroot, after reading that garlic shouldn’t be grown anywhere near peas. So that’s me needing something of a rethink on where to stick the petit pois! The birds are yomping […]

I’ve delivered 50-odd strawberry runners to the school, and am growing them some courgettes and squash. They have done a lot since I was last there: set up some beds, cleared a lot of tarmac, built a shed and a fence, and got their compost space ready. On the plot […]

Yep, butt’s full.

As predicted, the water butt is full again. The plot’s covered in standing water, but there is still a lot I can get on with till digging recommences, like sorting out the path inbetween the new beds. And potting up the strawberry runners for the school/elsewhere on my plot. I’m leaving […]

New bed

Well, the purple bed frame is now finished. I had to saw through some tree roots which were in the way – they went too deep to get out with the mattock without digging a gurt big pit. Had to tidy the shed a bit to find the saw. Now […]