The mint tyres in front of the shed at the allotment are not the only things taking off!
Following a concerted effort by the key Gardening Girls we now have a newly laid out plot with a marvellous variety of fruit and vegetables in various stages of development. All those hard winter planning meetings in the Farndon Fields Coffee Shop are paying off, even if we had to go slightly ‘off piste’ a, because of the current ‘situation’ and b, the weather, which to say the least has been just a bit cruel: After the wet winter tempting us into action with warm sunshine and then hitting the newly planted seedlings with late frosts, a fair amount of wind and absolutely no rain at all. So things continue to evolve and we have made a note for next year to stifle impatience and ‘not to cast a clout until may is out’…
The green house nursery is now in full swing with tomatoes, cucumbers, chard and peppers all coming along nicely. We have a legume area, with runner, French and broad beans, peas and sweetcorn. Beetroot and parsnip are already planted. And this year the brassicas will be protected by the upcycled greenhouse staging that has made friends with some bamboo sticks and turned itself into a cage.
But the piece de resistance is the new pond area next to the well in the upper part of the plot. Thanks to some generous gifts from fellow WI members, the pond dug in April has now been surrounded with the first bits of planting and a garden arch – thank you so much, we really do appreciate it! And we have finally found an opportunity to upcycle the old garden gate we have been hoarding – it goes rather well with the arch and will provide much needed support for some plants. Let’s hope the wildlife will appreciate it and visit in numbers.
So despite the challenges this month has thrown at us, it has been good fun, we have learned more and for novice gardeners, we are not doing bad at all!!
Stay safe out there!
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