I haven’t been up the allotment or in the greenhouse for 4 whole weeks now and my hands were itching to get dirty.
After spending two weeks away in Wales for Valentines day and to help out with lambing I arrived back home to 5 inches of snow which meant the allotment was a no go! Sadly Charles Dad passed away at the beginning of March so I rushed straight back to Wales to be with Charles, his Mum and his family and to try and offer support and help. It’s been a tough few weeks but unfortunately I needed to head home, the garden shows start in 3 weeks time and it’s all hands on deck to get everything ready.
March is very nearly over so as soon as I arrived home I made a list of all the seeds that needed to be sown this month… a whole A4 page long! My Dahlia tubers also arrived in the post whilst I was away so I’ll be potting them up in the greenhouse until they are ready to be planted out up the allotment. I’ve chosen ‘Cafe au Lait’ and ‘Labyrinth’ plus my ‘Polventon Kristolbel’ will be arriving in April as a potted plant. Plus there’s a few seedlings that need potting on and I had a very special task to do before that could happen… making paper pots!
I bought this paper pot maker 5 years ago back at the Edible Garden Show and I haven’t used it for a few years now. So one evening whilst watching the television I sat down with some old newspaper and pot maker and made around 30 pots to use that next morning to transfer my tomato and parsley seedlings into. They are bio-degradable so the entire pot can be planted out when it’s ready, I’m so excited at the thought of the allotment filling up with little plants I’ve lovingly grown from seed!
I had woken up with the sun that rather grey and wet Saturday so I could get the jobs done in the greenhouse before heading to Chichester with my Mum for a girly day out. So after I potted on my tomatoes and parsley seedlings I was busy sowing more Feverfew and Skullcap as they never germinated first time round. I also sowed more cress in my little enamel cup before it was time to head off to the shops.
I couldn’t think of a better way to wake up and a better way to start the weekend off then with a cup of tea in the greenhouse doing what you love. Plus my hands were so grateful to be in contact with the soil again and my heart was beaming with joy… now I just need to find time to sow all those other seeds!
P.s We’ve been having a bit of trouble with uploading photos onto the website this past month too. It’s all fixed now so expect lot’s of back dated blog posts over the next week!