Archive | September, 2015

The gift that keeps giving

26 Sep

I have probably commented before at this time of year that it’s a surprise to a novice gardener like myself that there are still cucumbers, tomatoes and courgettes growing with less than a week to go before October is upon us.

I haven’t had time to visit the plot for a week or so. Catching up from when I went on retreat, returning to work, deliberating on whether to take voluntary redundancy from said job and driving lessons have all been prioritized over the plot. So when I popped there briefly yesterday I wasn’t expecting to harvest anything much.


I came away with a punnet of tomatoes and more courgettes and cucumbers to languish in my fridge!

The whole plot is in dire need of a trim and the weeds are as resplendent as ever. I went there again today with my youngest, our Saturday thing while the oldest goes to her drama club. He played with his newly made dino land (an attempt to get him interested once more in the abandoned mud pit I made him when he was 4 and had recently labelled as ‘babyish’ – add some plastic dinosaurs, water and rocks and hey presto – he’s entertained for at least half an hour!). I made a dint at the weeding.

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As always after an hour, I left with so many other things I would have liked to have done and yet all I actually did was pull more weeds from the soil. My plot is small and does seem lower maintenance than it ever has but it still requires constant attention. And what’s more when I am there I feel so absorbed, concerns about all the other stuff in my life just slide away. Surely that makes it a place I should prioritize above all others?


Harvest II

15 Sep

And so another couple of months have passed. I managed to go away for several weeks and not have anything die on me. This was mainly thanks to the first week of being away a lovely plot neighbour and friend had suggested we water each others plots during the holidays. The second week I was away I left the hubby and the kids behind and so they were in charge of watering for a week.

Returning today an elder plot neighbour joked ‘to what do we owe this pleasure’ and it’s true I haven’t been down nearly as much as I’d planned this summer.

I optimistically bought paint and a roller thinking we would be down the plot so much that we might even run out of weeding projects over the summer and thus with so much time on our hands we would then set about painting the shed!

Alas they still languish in the shed now, unused, unopened but they will keep for next summer – I’m equipped and ready to paint sheds if I ever get the time.

Life at home took over – we finally tackled our garden, I dug and laid barren corners to lawn, I lopped and finally got rid of a huge wild bush. There were DIY projects too – the kitchen got tarted up and the youngest’s room finally got sorted out – built in cupboards removed, cabin beds built. It all takes time.

As I walked back today having spent 2 hours when I should’ve been there for 1, I wondered, fantasied even, what it might be like to have lots of time. But at least this lack of shed painting hasn’t stopped the plants growing and I guess that’s the main point of an allotment.


Today’s harvest!


A rare plot day over the summer holidays!