The last meeting of the allotment gang in February was spent happily planning the new planting at 41A Cricket Pitch View and hoping fervently that the temporary roof cover would hold during the expected second wave of winter storms.
Little did we know then that we would not be able to get onto the plot for the next few months while our attention would be focused on supermarket queuing, finding seven new ways to wash the curtains and generally getting used to life in lock down.
However, the fantastic weather we are having is bringing the whole allotment community to life again – with social distancing of course and without the general public having access to the site, but it’s all happening again thanks to Anne, who has been clearing the winter blues (and a lot of rubbish!) off the beds, tidying the verges, re-mulching the paths, laying the slabs for the upper terrace and fitting the missing glass into the greenhouse ready for things to come and the rest of us to join in again. Which we finally did this week and yes – you CAN dig and social distance at the same time!
The first load of runner beans are in the ground and so are the first peas. Winter leeks are sprouting even if the garlic seems to have gone into hiding. A single potato survivor is hanging in there, but the strawberry plants are doing well and the cherry tree has had some promising flowers – fingers crossed.
The allotment spirit is alive and well – and is even bringing the allotment community closer together with plot holders lending helping hands to get everyone going again. The only thing we are missing right now is the afternoon tea break on our benches – but hey, as the sign on the shed says: To plant a garden is to believe in the future and we are certainly doing that.
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