Thursday, 30 March 2017

More Progress at the Allotment

Friday afternoons at the allotment are becoming almost a regular feature of my life at the moment.  I thought I might be needed to work at the CS last week, with the manager being away, but as I wasn't I decided to make the most of it and see if I could break the back of digging over my plot. 

As mentioned in my post last week, I managed to get about one third of the way around the plot the previous Friday afternoon, (see picture above) so last Friday, I was hoping to get at least another third done, so that I could start sowing and putting plants in.  The spring inspections are at the end of the month, so time is running out.

It was a bit of a grey, cold day, but there was no rain forecast, so I figured I'd soon warm up once I got digging. I most certainly did as the sun decided to come out whilst I was there, which made a big difference.

Digging isn't my favourite task, nor is it the most exciting task, especially combined with the weeding that was necessary, but I know it's worth persevering, as the real work of creating my new plot can begin once it's done.

I have to admit that although I think I'm reasonably fit, when I start digging at the allotment, I feel like a very old lady. I stiffen up almost immediately, because of all the bending and stretching.  It is such hard work, especially as the ground was still a bit wet after rain this week, so it was pretty heavy going. I kept plodding on for about 3-4 hours on this visit and managed to get three quarters of the way around the plot.

I also managed to sew a few seeds this visit; lettuce, curly kale and parsley.  There were already some broad bean plants and onions in that I had overwintered. I just needed to weed around them. 

Onions and broad beans that overwintered

I was completely exhausted by the time I got home, so I decided to go to bed for a nap. I think I just overdid it. As a consequence, OH volunteered to come back with me on Saturday and finish the digging, as well as planting my potato tubers for me. (He always does a better job than I do).

Potato tubers in and earthed up

We went back on Saturday morning and whilst OH started digging over the last two beds, I transplanted some rhubarb, gooseberry and blackcurrant plants into the one of the dug beds.  I'd salvaged these from my old plot before I left.

Perennial Fruit Bed

I also sowed some more seeds and planted out some petit pois plants that I'd bought from Lidl a few weeks ago.  I don't know if they'll thrive, but I gave them a shot.

We were probably on the plot for just a couple of hours on Saturday morning and finally finished digging it all over.  It was such a relief to get it done.  We then headed home for bacon sandwiches as a treat for all our hard work.

Now the interesting bit begins. Growing food.

An overall view of the whole plot

Here's a picture of the plot now. As you can see its pretty much a blank canvas save for what I we planted and sowed. I still need to devise a solution for the paths between the beds. I'm not sure what yet, as I don't really want to spend any money, or at least not much.

In any case, it will have to wait now, until we get back from holiday.  I probably won't be able to do any more work on the plot until after Easter, but least there should be a few things growing by then.
I'll keep you posted on future progress.


  1. That looks well dug over. It is exhausting. I don't think I can dig anymore x

    1. Me neither. Hopefully, I shouldn't need to do much more, although there are a few rogue weeds that we missed that will need digging out at some point.

  2. Our snow is almost gone and as soon as things dry out we hope to be working up the garden. You did an excellent job working your allotment up.

    God bless.

    1. Thanks Jackie, enjoy your garden once the snow disappears.

  3. I can sympathise with your aches and pains we are just home nw from a week of back breaking toil in our cottage garden. It does look satisfyingly good though. Have a good holiday.