Fast forward to summer

5 Jun

Let’s not waste time with the weather, the fact there have been days of late when I have arrived at the plot in shades and shed my jacket only to be trudging home two hours later amidst hail stones, zipped up as though back in December.

Let’s skip to the fact we seem to now be in summer (is that overly optimistic? Yes probably, the heating only went off two nights ago) and that spring never really happened.

With the warm weather come new plot neighbours – some will stay for years others (as happens frequently my end of the plot) often battle valiantly with the weeds for six months and then pack up never to be seen again. Plot neighbours come from all backgrounds and are of all ages, some respect boundaries, others encroach on paths and orchards, some come for peace and quiet, others want to stand and chat. It’s a rich tapestry of personality types and though I have often struggled with it – having little time to chat and really just wanting peace from two young kids – I have slowly and perhaps reluctantly come to realise people are what make allotmenteering such a different pursuit to gardening at home. And the sunny weather brings us all out!

Being time pressed as always, racing against the clock before the school pick up, there now follows a pictorial guide to what I have been doing this week: mainly weeding, digging, planting, watering and molusc relocating.

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My youngest had his strawberries eaten by snails!

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Strawberry overflow.

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More strawberries!

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Supporting broad beans.

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Beetroot seedlings

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Onions, leeks and garlic – I finally harvested the leeks this week.

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I weeded fruit border, an ongoing battle.

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With most of the leeks harvested I prepared the ground for cucumbers

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Uncle Arthur gave me lots of plants this week – I planted out the tomatoes

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Taking stock at the end of a hectic week.

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2 Responses to “Fast forward to summer”

  1. gillridge June 5, 2015 at 2:57 pm #

    Great photos. The plot is looking super! xx

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