It feels like it’s been raining since January and the poor allotment’s are looking a little sad, not only that but it’s just be far too wet to go up there to do any much needed work. We were planning on having all the digging finished by now, the shed moved over and the majority of the hard work ticked off our lists ready for the growing year ahead. However, rainy day after rainy day put a stop to that plan and here we are nearly halfway through March and the ground still remains wet and boggy. Not that we should grumble, apart from a very wonky old fruitcage frame due to storm Dennis we are managed to remain intact and our thoughts go out to all those affected by the floods and storm damage.
Despite all the rain every now and again we are blessed with one or two sunny days and on one of those occasions I headed up to the allotment plots to do some tidying. I’m still trying to take it easy due to having a mole removed on my back recently (all is well!) so was unable to lift my fruit bushes to move over to the new plot. However, I started to move some poles, wigwams and bits and pieces over as well as tidying away the netting on the brassica bed and the netting from the top of the fruitcage. I harvested some beautiful homegrown purple sprouting and tidied away my small bunch of dried flowers whilst dreaming of growing more this year. I even managed to film a brand new Youtube Vlog whilst I was there!
Next on the list is to tidy the shed to get it ready for the big move. In January I was able to dig and level off the area on the new plot where the purple shed will be moved too, after that it rained for days and I was unable to lay the paving slabs down on a good solid bed. Honestly, it was like walking on a water bed! The plan now is to focus on the most important areas and try to get them ready for the growing year, as our busy garden show season starts in April we don’t have much time to get everything prepared. So I’m hoping to have the two large vegetable beds dug over and the shed moved over before the middle of April so we can start planting and sowing. Creating the pond, compost area and the flower bed between our two sheds can wait until the Autumn when we’ll have a little more time.
What a difference a little bit of sunshine makes! Being able to spend a few hours on the allotment instantly lifted my mood and revitalised my love. I’ve been struggling a lot lately with the motivation and energy to garden and I was so afraid that I was losing that connection, losing that girl who 5 years ago who would be up the allotment day and night in sunshine and rain. That morning I got back into the flow of allotment life, connected myself back to making videos and simply enjoyed spending time outside. It was just what I needed and I found my happy place again!
Now all we need is that sunshine to stay and the ground to dry up a bit…
P.S Whilst it’s been raining outside we’ve been busy indoors creating a brand new Podcast! Both me and my Dad have joined forces to bring you ‘The Purple Podding Shed’ where we talk all things garden related. You can find it on most podcast platforms including Spotify, Apple, Google, Stitcher and Castbox to name but a few.