Thank goodness for sunshine and gardens! It’s safe to say my allotment is well and truly keeping me sane right now, I’d be lost without it and I’m so thankful that they are still safe to visit. Of course we are keeping our distance from everyone during the walk there and back and whilst we are on our plot too.
We’ve been trying to take full advantage of all this glorious sunshine we’ve been having lately, it’s been a long time coming and the ground is drying up nicely. After we’ve wrapped the online orders for the day and had a spot of lunch we pack up the wicker basket and head off to the plot. It’s been very slow progress this year due to all the rain over the past 2 months so we’ve got a bit of catching up to do…
Our week started with the job of extending the two main beds by a foot, this involved slicing off the turf and me and my Dad decided to tackle one bed each (although I might have taken longer to finish mine!) Next on the list was to move the old red corrugated container over to the centre of the main path, it took me a while to empty but I’m so excited about this feature. My ‘James Grieve’ apple tree will be moved here and it will be underplanted with Spring bulbs such as tulips, daffodils and crocuses. My Dad then got busy laying down the sliced off turfs around the container, creating a little path which we will be able to walk around. This is actually a rather traditional feature in a kitchen garden and we’ve been inspired by the beautiful vegetable patch at River cottage, except the container would usually always house a mulberry bush!
Over the next couple of days we focused on digging and my Mum even popped up to help us… boy is there a lot of digging to complete before the two beds are ready for planting! However, we decided to dig the areas where the potatoes will be planted first. This means we’ll be able to get them planted this weekend along with moving the rhubarb over to their new forever homes. The thought of that makes me so happy!
To finally be able to plant things out on the new plot, to see the area looking tidier and to see my dreams turn into reality is really exciting. Also I worked so hard back in January to level off the ground ready for my shed and now the area is dry enough for the big move!
I truly believe that this Summer is going to be great and once we all get through this we can continue to enjoy our gardens and allotments. Plus I’m sure they’ll be tidier then they have ever been!