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Allotment update

I spent the weekend before last doing all the tidying up that, if I was a proper, sensible, grown-up gardener, I’d have done back in November. I finally put all the dead plants in the compost bin and sorted out the one bed in the garden. I’m intending to use that and a few pots and window boxes for salads and herbs and grow everything else at the allotment. Scientist Fiancé was spectacularly hungover all of Saturday and felt incapable of being anything other than horizontal, let alone driving to the allotment and lugging old grow-bags around. We went on Sunday, however, and cleared loads of grass and weeds. My onions and garlic have grown a bit and not been ravaged by weeds or squirrels or cats or anything. All good. We also found some unidentifiable plants

I also placed my seed order. I ordered most things from Tamar Organics this year, and potatoes from Wiggly Wigglers because I got some free seed potatoes from them last year and they were yummy. Some things have now arrived and others are in postal limbo. However, today I am going to plant those chillis and start chitting the potatoes.

I really must take some photos of my allotment some time.


March 12, 2009 at 10:25 am 2 comments

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