Here comes the sun!

After last Sunday’s rain we couldn’t have wished for a more glorious day of sunshine at the plot this weekend! And with all four of us there we were able to really crack on and cross lots of jobs off the seemingly endless list of things to do.

Though there is always something else to be done I think we are all really enjoying our time on the plot at the moment. Last year none of us were able to commit much time to it and when we did manage to get up there it felt like an insurmountable task to get things back under control. This year has just been a different story. The weeds are under control, as is the grass, and we are quickly filling up the beds with fruit, veg and flowers. I can’t wait to see what our harvest will be like this year!

So yes, it really feels like the sun is shining on our plot at the moment.

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Manda’s peas. She is determined after three years of trying to get a crop this year!

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Finally, finally, finally those raised beds have been fully weeded. I am going to stand by my solemn promise to never have to do that job again!

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The poppy has started to bloom and just looks amazing. I am itching for all my other flowers to start showing off too.

2014-05-04 16.51.31A new bed for the parsnips ( roasted with honey or made into a spicy soup, yum yum!)

And finally…

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No-one ever, ever said he was clever! No, we haven’t a clue what it was but he sat like that, with it in his mouth for ages and ages. Good job he is adorable!!


Little by little

As I said in my first post, there is no getting around it, the allotment is in a mess and sometimes this does mean just getting on with the weeding…

I had the plot to myself tonight, M and D have only just both returned from adventures in sunnier climes, J&J were both busy with work and kids and N frankly just didn’t fancy it! So, just me it was but that was ok, I plugged the ipod in and, after checking no-one was in ear shot, sang and occasionally danced as I weeded.

First I cleared this raised bed:


It is very easy at times like this to become disheartened with it all and wonder if it will ever look like our neighbours’ beautiful plots. Trust me, we are surrounded by some really fantastic plots. I keep telling myself though that if we just keep at it, little by little, so that we don’t burn ourselves out that we can beat those weeds and maybe grow some veggies!

Then I cleared this bed:

So altogether tonight I managed this:Image

Which I guess isn’t too shoddy really!

To finish on a positive note the lavender and the hollyhock were covered in bees. I think there were both Buff-tailed and Red-tailed bees and it was lovely to see them working in the last of the evening sun.Image

This is actually a photo that my youngest took on Wednesday when I let him take control of the camera in an attempt to stem the cries of  ‘I’m bored!’