Spring has suddenly sprung upon us! Just a few days back I was clad in thermal leggings, jeans, wool sweater, and a down coat taking photos of frozen lakes. Now here I am today in a long sleeved T shirt digging up the nettle roots and bricks holding my wrecked polytunnel cover in the ground and thinking about seed planting! It went from – 4 to 9 deg. in one day and seems to be sustaining it’s temperatures. The mind is dizzied! Hope I can keep up!
I’ve been making the most of the sunny weather. I’ve almost finished digging manure into one side of my allotment. Sounds dreadful but it’s actually non smelly matured stuff, (the fresh manure is for autumn I discovered). It’s actually pleasant to work with, though hard work to dig in a foot down!
My baby lettuces are sprouting in their trays getting ready for transplanting and all my other leafy stuff is planted in mini plastic milk bottle “green houses”. (The root veg are waiting on the non manured bed being finished off).
I’ve even planted flower seeds in a kitchen tray for the pots outside my apartment. I love to see the first tiny shoots coming up after the winter. Spring is here, but it’s hard work sometimes – still it will help me get in shape for summer clothes lol!
Time re-evaluate, plan and procure. My allotment was not so successful last year, due to neglect and various bug and blight attacks. Having more folks growing is great but it seems to mean there’s more chance to catch stuff (a bit like going to school). My glorious tomato plants I’d taken such care with died a withered white death from one day to the next (along with everyone else’s) when blight hit the allotment. Even my improvised net curtaining (a tip from one of the experienced growers couldn’t totally keep the cabbage white caterpillars at bay, (a case of too little too late). Needless to say I no longer coo at cute white butterflies!
I must admit also the allotment suffered a good deal from my involvement with my daughter’s relocation (see “Boomerangs”). So this year, will I do better? I hope to, starting with some questions. Do I really want to grow brussels when they never seem to reach a practical size? Should I buy onion bulbs rather than seeds (I found that’s what the successful onion growers did,) My responsibilities should ease around March (just in time) so I have a good chance!
Do you grow some of your own food? It’s well worth it if you can. No need to worry about GMO or pesticides and the exercise in the fresh air will do both mind and body infinite good – especially if you have as nice a crowd of fellow allotment folks as I’m blessed with