It's horrible and wet again this morning. One nice day at a time is all we seem to get right now which is a right pain. I was rather hoping to fit in a high mowing of the grass down the allotment today but that won't happen. Yesterday was quite pleasant with some periods of sunshine and some cloud and, on a couple of occasions, a thread of rain which came to nothing.
Oh, well, it is what it is!
I managed to get plenty done.
Not a pretty sight yet but it will be. I cut out and dug up what will be a flower bed, just to look pretty and add colour. That area has been covered for a couple of years and I expected it to be extremely hard work with loads of nasty weed roots in the soil but was pleasantly surprised at how easy it was to dig/fork over and how few root systems I found (and removed). The soil felt in great condition too - not as much clay as I expected.
We've changed our over-ambitious plan for raised beds for now and, as time goes by, we will cut out more beds of a similar size for vegetables, edge them and have chippings on the cover for access pathways.
But probably not this year!
Access isn't really something we had thought about all that carefully and, for a while, it wasn't a problem, but now we have dug up where the strawberries were (or tried to be), it's become a bit more of an issue so I've set out these 'stepping stones' which should help considerably.
I'd love stone really but that would be too heavy and too expensive (and maybe a bit vulnerable to theft).
Where this bed meets the cover, where the raspberry canes are just starting to send out some growth, it was very shabby and the cover was fraying and looking horrible, so I have tucked that under and staked it firmly down to make a neater boundary.
I went to Abercorns and get a couple of rolls of cheap, plastic lawn edging which, we have decided, we are going to try out. The wooden sleepers or whatever are very nice but they rot down and ours are starting to be not fit for purpose in several places. We're going to try lawn edging for the interior borders first and see how it works. I strongly suspect it won't work all that well or otherwise why aren't more holders using it?
But we will see.
And finally, the obligatory full frontal photo! I feel quite proud of it all right now.
Beth has a week off next week so we will meet there together. We're going to sort out the back together, clean the table and benches, tidy and sort the canes and maybe build the support cages for things like the runner beans and the sweet peas, weed round the shed, put chippings down (it's so helpful to have them provided free) and put in that lawn edging. We reckon four hands will be a lot better than two for that job - it won't be hard, just maybe a bit awkward so one can hold in place while the other backfills with soil.
Fingers crossed for some fine weather.
As mentioned, I went across town to Abercorns and spent a happy half hour or so strolling around the plants and garden stuff. I bought the edging, some seed pots and a nice, big plastic/stone lookalike pot for my garden. Some of my wooden pots are looking manky and, although I dearly love those heavy stone pots in various glazings and sizes, they are totally impractical for a single lady of my age. So plastic it is - and at least it isn't single use!
When I got home, there was a parcel on the doorstep which I'll talk about some other time. I sorted out seeds, wrote plant labels, inserted sowing trays in larger trays and generally did everything except for the mucky part - actually planting some seeds. That's for today, in-between showers.
Providing I am dressed in time, I need to pop into town. My card reader thingy has stopped working so I need to get to the bank to order another one although I really ought to check online and see if I can do it that way first. The trouble is, I can't access my account and I do like to keep an eye on my balance.
The only other scheduled event is the weekly chat with Dad this afternoon, which I am looking forward to very much.
So that's my life at the moment. What are your plans for the day? Whatever they are, start safe, dry and positive. xx
Does your card reader thingy need a new battery?ReplyDelete
Allotment looks fantastic! With your flower beds, are you going for companion planting?
Possibly, but I can't change it.Delete
I think this year we are just going for what we fancy but maybe, in the future . . .
I'd love to plant some bulbs there come the autumn but we will see.
Isn't the allotment looking good you must be pleased.ReplyDelete
I'm so very please with how it's going, yes. Better than it's ever been. Thank you.Delete
Did you know those card reader things are compatible across banks? In other words if Beth has one, you can borrow it to access your account while you sort out a new one, even if you don't use the same bank. I discovered this when my Nationwide one stopped working while we were locked down in Spain -- my husband's Barclay's one worked fine. Which was good because it was months before I was in the same place as the new one.ReplyDelete
If I really need it, that's worth knowing, thank you. I have checked online and I have to go in so that's this morning's little outing. :-)Delete
What a lovely productive day you have had. I love days like that. It is all looking so good your hard work is really showing. Those big pots are so heavy. I have been warned by Tom and youngest son that when they are in place they are never being moved again!ReplyDelete
You can buy 'wheels' for them but I do wonder how strong they really are.Delete
Quite right that you're feeling proud of your efforts. It looks great!ReplyDelete
I had some of those pot movers but they didn't last long. I now use a very heavy duty sack truck that belonged to Ced and which he adapted to make it fit for purpose.
Thanks, Eileen. I'm just going for plastic - the soil makes them heavy but not unmanageably so.Delete
That allotment looks greatso neat. I think some serious growing is going to take place there soon. I still hold on to my UK bank account and last year I received a card reader without requesting or ordering it. I wondered what the thingy was at the time ... doh! I just put it away in a drawer. I soon found out though when I went to purchase something online last December using my card which I hadn't used in 2020 at all. It needed a little bit of reading up on what the card reader was for and how to use but I got it sorted in the end :-) happy sowing Amanda xReplyDelete
Thanks. Yes, I'm really looking forward to getting some plants in there.Delete
How nice that you are going to have a chat with your dad. I miss talking with my parents on the phone. Your garden looks neat and ready for Spring. Wood chips are wonderful for the soil.ReplyDelete
We have a short chat each week and I think we both enjoy it no end. Zoom has been a real blessings during Lockdown.Delete
Yes, I agree about those wood chips. The ones we put down two years or so ago have retted to a lovely texture and, while this time we just put new onto old, next time we plan to sweep up the old, rotted down stuff and fork it into the soil in the beds before adding the fresh chippings. Maybe I should have this time but I didn't and it's too late now. :-)
You should, quite rightly, be proud of it. You've worked hard and it looks good and ready for sowing. XReplyDelete
I know I go on about it but I'm really chuffed and it is all so satisfying and cheering. Thank you so much.Delete