I hope you have all managed to get out and make use of the first proper sunshine of 2018?
Over the weekend, I had such plans for the allotment… I managed to get one thing done.
Oh well, slowly but surely eh?!
This is what it looked like on Friday evening, before my big Saturday Blowout;
Photo quality is shocking, but this is how it looked
I had aimed to get that first (very large) bed dug over, all the roots removed, and my spuds and onions in. I also wanted to get that big bonfire burned, and string up my wires for my raspberry canes.
Unfortunately, my plot is covered in perennial nettles and bindweed, as well as a carpet of bramble roots which seem to sprout up new shoots if the roots are cut! Its a nightmare!
So when MrT headed off to work, out came my trusty fork and off I started. I found several garlic cloves which were sprouting up well. These must have been left over from last year, so I carefully uplifted them and stored them to replant when my clearing was done.
When weeding, the best way to make sure you are removing a weed and not a valuable plant is to pull on it. If it comes out of the ground easily, it is a valuable plant.
It was 17 degrees on Saturday, which for an April weekend I didn’t think was too bad! What I didn’t realise was that my little blonde self was getting sunburned… again. Not a good look. You’d think i would have learned by now.
So I kept on trudging through.
Stopped for lunch. maybe a third of the bed is dug here
It took me over 2 hours to do a third of the bed. This was going to be a long job. I stopped for lunch and a cuppa, only to find that my trusty camping stove had given up the ghost. The gas was still working but the spark that lit the stove was gone. So no brew for me.
Every line of digging created a barrow full of roots!
At this point, I really wasn’t hopeful that i would be able to get my spuds in, let alone the bonfire built. Everything was taking much longer than I thought! The only saving grace was that doing it this way once over would save me the constant weeding that would’ve been caused by rotivating.
Bonnie was loving the sunbathing time though
People kept taking a wander up to see how it was all going, and as lovely as the encouragement was I really did just want to get on! I was starting to get really tired and frustrated but I wasn’t going to let it beat me!
And I finally got there!
I’m not going to lie, I almost collapsed in a pile of shakey limbs and tears, but I was so proud of myself.
You can’t see how big it is here!
The photos really don’t show the enormity of it, but it’s 25ft by 29.5ft. Also known as bloody huge!
I managed to get in my onions and garlic, but at this point I just really wanted a massive pile of cheese on toast so the spuds would have to wait until Sunday.
Little did I know it would rain all day Sunday, so I stayed in instead.
I am certainly not a wet weather gardener!