The unrelenting march of nature

21 Feb

Life gets so busy at times that it’s easy to neglect a wee plot. I have also been feeling ever so slightly smug. When I think back to this time last year and how much digging there was to be done I feel relieved that there isn’t as much to do this year. But this has led to a bit of plot lethargy and as I discovered today I can feel as smug as I want, it won’t keep nature and all her weeds at bay.

I had a rare thing during half term – a day without the kids. My one day of ‘holiday’ was spent mainly in front of my computer lesson planning, catching up with paperwork and also covering my hair with green gloop which smells not dissimilar to some natural matter I might use on the plot. Henna is a real bind to apply, it shows a certain dogged level of commitment to all things organic, when even your hair dye is soil association approved.

At one point during the day I looked at the blue sky and the bright winter sun and reflected on how often I have had to be outside in the rain this week. The one day I have without the kids and it is sunny. Then I realised that doesn’t have to mean I am housebound too. So I indulged myself to a fresh air stroll to the plot.

shed still there

Happily the shed is still standing (again, I know but I have lost count of the windy nights we’ve had since my last visit).

shed still there 2

And the purple sprouting broccoli is coming into it’s own. I picked a small bag’s worth today. The plot has been ticking along on it’s own this last month but I realised as I surveyed my little corner I need to shake off my complacency and do the following tasks very soon:

  1. Get weeding before they take over everything. Oh yes the battle of the weeds commences here!
  2. Buy some cheap fruit tress before it’s too late to plant them. I fancy a plum and an apple tree this year.
  3. Plant out more broad beans, garlic and onions before winter finishes so I have two rounds of crops.
  4. Shake off my winter induced plot denial, it’s nearly March for goodness sake!
  5. Plant some more grass paths in the never ending bid to introduce some order to our unruly plot!

Not a huge to-do-list, I don’t want to overload myself before I have even re-started but one that will keep me busy for now and help me take back control of our plot!

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One Response to “The unrelenting march of nature”

  1. Gill Ridgewell February 22, 2014 at 5:25 pm #

    Lovely to hear some news from the plot! Can’t wait to see it again myself one day soon! XX

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