Saturday 19 May 2012

Dry days!

 Three dry days in a row!  That must be some kind of record!!  I was sat taking a break and eating my lunch, when I looked down the plot.  It struck me how lovely it was, sat in the warm, with the birds singing loudly, looking at my hard work (even lovelier if you ignore the massive patch of weeds in the strawberry patch!)  Half the strawberry patch is clear (ish) of weeds, and has been fertilised.  The rest of the strawberries will have to take their chances with the buttercups, plantain, and couch grass for this season, and will be treated to some attention at the end of the season.

I've been cycling down to the allotment, to try and burn a few extra calories, and it has been very pleasant.
 Busy clearing beds, and sowing seeds.  the top plot is definitely getting there, the lower plot, well, the less said about that the better!!
 I'm not sure we will get much fruit this year from the trees.  The apple tree has very little blossom, and the plums, whilst laden with  blossom earlier in the season, were then hit by all that awful weather, so I'm not holding my breath on those either.  But I guess we did have a bumper crop last year.
 I just wish I was as good at growing crops as I am at growing weeds!!
 The onions are looking good, but the peas have had a 50% failure rate at germination, so some resowing needed there.  We are now at that time when I am wondering whether it is safe to put the tender plants out, hmmm, surely nearly June must be frost free?  But then again, this year has been so topsy turvy, I think I will play it safe!!


  1. I have struggled to get anything to germinate this year, I think it is too cold for most things out in the greenhouse. Glad you are progressing well in your weed fight, my Fiskars gadget has made weeding fun!

  2. Ah yes, I'm a good weed grower too, nettles and dandelions are a particular speciality!
    It is so cold here, germination is rubbish. The only things doing really well are gooseberries, rhubarb and we do have good apple blossom.
    Wish the sun would come out to play just for a few days.
    Carol xx

  3. I hear you've had some rainy weather.. we've had an amazing run of sunny weather and here in Oregon and in May, that is breaking records! Enjoy your garden patch!
    ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

  4. Last year I let a creepy green plant spread throughout the garden. At first I thought it was started from the numerous seeds I had planted. But as it grew and spread so quickly and did not look like any picture on the seed packets, I concluded it was not anything I had planted; but it was green and consistant so I let it grow. I refused to call it a weed. I tried to appreciate how it flourished. I tried to imagine that it was pretty. One man's weed is another man's .... We can sometimes buy dandelion greens at the grocery store, after all. Happy gardening to you(:

  5. Your allotment is looking great, I always try and think of weeds as plants in the wrong place to ease my conscience! Mine is a bit waterlogged, but we haven't had rain for two days so hopefully it'll dry out a bit!

  6. It looks great, I completely LOVE that photo of your bike...bliss :-)


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