Spring is officially here and with it comes glorious sunshine and a little warmth, the most perfect weather for heading up the allotment for the whole day and boy was I excited. I miss the allotment so much and look forward to spending a hard days work spent with my hands in the dirt and my head in the sun. It’s the best therapy in my opinion and I couldn’t wait to spend a day in my little haven with a long list of jobs to do.
To kick the day off I wanted to get my onions into the ground, they’ve been happily growing away at home for well over a month but desperately needed planting out. The variety I am growing are called ‘Red Baron’, I grew these last year and harvested a good crop of them so decided to grow a single row again this year. I used a dibber and spaced the onions 6 inches apart, I didn’t bother netting them as they are over 5 inches tall and the birds shouldn’t pull them up. The little corner of the allotment is starting to look very Spring like with the broad beans growing next to the onions and a cloche warming the soil for some early carrots.
Next on the list was to clean the shed out and evict any spiders (my most hated job on the allotment!) I tidied up the cabinet and used a dust pan and brush to get rid of all the dirt and rubbish on the floor, doing my best to beat the dirt out of the doormat! My lovely Mum brought us a picnic so my Dad came over from his allotment and we sat around my table enjoying lunch in the sunshine.
Last but not least I wanted to finish digging over the first strawberry bed and remove the bind weed. I managed to empty the bed and carry the wooden frame and cage away from that area a couple of weeks ago but really wanted to tackle the digging today. They don’t lie when they say Bindweed is one of the gardeners worst enemies! It’s been busy spreading away underneath my strawberry beds for the past 2 years and it’s taking longer than I thought to dig through the soil and remove every piece of bindweed root that I see. I filled up a whole bucket of the roots but looking at the beautiful dark, rich soil I am a little bit proud of myself and know that this back ache will be worth it later! I’ll be tackling the next bed in a week or so once I remove all the weeds I pulled on top of it…
I honestly can’t believe how hot it was yesterday and today the sun is continuing to shine. I had such a perfect time up the allotment but came home a little disheartened at the amount of work left to do. The huge mountain of weeds and rubbish pile keeps staring at me and all the little jobs are piling up. There’s seeds to sow, DIY jobs and digging to do and soon the garden shows will start which means I’ll have even less time up the allotment… However, the sun is shining, the tulips will be blooming soon and the allotment is starting to look green and lush. Gardening makes me so happy and maybe I just need to learn that it’s okay if the allotment doesn’t look tidy and it’s okay if I sow seeds late. Being happy and healthy is all that matters in the end.
And on the note of happiness I just wanted to give my Mum a shout out on Mother’s day. She’s not only my Mother but my best friend too and she’ll forever have my heart. We’re heading out to a garden centre to stuff our faces with tea and cake and then I’m cooking her a roast dinner including some homegrown kale and purple sprouting of course!