Posted at 1:44 pm
Arrived at the allotment site quite early and set myself up in my shed with the door firmly closed.
The wind and rain lashed against the wood as I tried to stay warm inside. I’m waiting for my birch trees to arrive but all I’m told by the online nursery is they will arrive at some point “either Monday or Tuesday”. I’m in for the long road with a book, packet of sandwiches and a flask of tea.
Two hours later I receive a text to say the delivery van will be with me “in 15 minutes”. I make my way out into the cold midday air and walk against the rain I head for the site gates to wait.
I took the parcel from the delivery van and headed back to my shed, the rain not as fierce as before. I unwrap the parcel and three beautiful trees fall out. Their roots very dry and their leaves even dryer, I put them into a wheelie bin of freshly drawn water.
April 2018: Birch trees having a well-earned drink in a wheelie bin.
When buying trees I prefer bare-rooted plants rather than pot grown. With bare-rooted trees they would have only recently been dug up rather than a tree in a pot which could be suffering from being-pot bound.
They can stay in water for a few days in order to get a really good soaking. I’ll plant them later in the week, when hopefully the weather improves.
Posted at 8:00 pm
Overcast but dry was the order of the day. My main aim today was to purchase bamboo canes from the site shop which meant arriving by 10:30am. The bamboo canes will be used for Runner Beans and Climbing French Beans. I bought 50 canes for £20, more than I need so I’ve got a few spares.
April 2018: Strimming the grass.
Having found the battery for my strimmer at the back of my shed under some old bags, I set about strimming the grass. I managed two beds before the battery failed on me, must charge it and do it later in the week. There were lots of birds around today so I filled my bird station with fresh food. Depending on the weather this maybe the last time I’ll do it this year because Jim tells me you easy off the food as the season heads into May.
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April 2018: The birds are loving the feeding station.
The usual mugs of tea and chatting up with fellow plot holders took place then I disappeared off to the local cafe for a Sunday lunch.
By mid-afternoon the temperature had really dropped. I worked out that 41 canes are needed for a double-row of Runner/Climbing French Beans. Rather than have 2 double rows, I’ve decided to just have one but put Runner Beans on one side and Climbing French Beans on the other.
April 2018: The bluebells in Jim’s Woodland look beautiful.
I packed up and got home quickly so I could warm myself by the fire with a cuppa tea. A good day.
Posted at 9:03 pm
Like most allotment sites there are communal wheelbarrows which can be used by members on a temporary basis. When you’ve finished with them you put them back so others can have a go. These are good if you need to transport something from your car to the plot but for a long term solution you really need your own.
Last year I bought a wheelbarrow, a very good one with a hard wheel. The problem is, it’s at my previous allotment and I’ve been having difficulty trying to get it to the new plot. Taxi drivers won’t take it and they aren’t allowed on public transport apparently. So today I decided I would walk the 45 minutes to my allotment. After a stiff cuppa tea I set off with my wheelbarrow and headed off down the road.
After half-a-mile I noticed that an allotment site was having an open day so with my wheelbarrow I rolled in to see what was happening. There was a plant stall and a camper van which had been driven on site which served hot drinks and hotter sandwiches – a great idea I thought.
Tea was drunk and a sandwich was consumed while we all chatted about the recent weather, like all good gardeners do. I then bumped into someone I knew and she offered to give me a lift to my allotment – plus the wheelbarrow in the boot of the car.
It was wonderful to be stood on my allotment 15 minutes later with the wheelbarrow. I showed my friend around my plot and the site in general before she headed back to the party and I to my plot.
The weather was still grey and spots of rain started to fall so I headed into my shed but as the temperature dropped I decided to call it a day and head home myself.
Posted at 6:50 pm
Well, who knew there was a day to celebrate the national drink of the UK – tea. On site today there was a tea party in the community hut. Different tea from around the world along with records played on an old gramophone, Glenn Miller music, that sort of tune – good classics.
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It really was a great day especially as the sun was shining with the temperature around 23*c. So as you can guess, there was very little work done on the plot. Just tea, tea and more tea, oh, and a slice of cake or two.
Barbara and Jim put on a fantastic event with homemade cakes made by plot holders. A great day! Photo used by kind permission of Jim.
Posted at 7:12 am
Against the backdrop of warm sunshine I set-up a feeding station for the birds. Outside the shed I make a start on the bark path, making a little patio and plant my summer bulbs.