We have had our allotment for 12 months now. It started off as a huge rectangular plot of MUD! Hubby has been working hard on it for a year now (with a little help from Sydney, some company from Sam, and the occasional bit of nagging from myself)… It really has changed quite a bit, though!
I’m not the green – fingered one, but I am proud of all that Hubby has achieved down at the allotment. I’ve been asking him to write this post for weeks, but he hasn’t found the time, so I figured I’d try to show you a little of what he’s been up to down there recently.
I blogged a few times last year about our allotment, but didn’t really show you how it was looking towards the end of the year. The Greenhouse went in last May, but it’s only really been used to “grow” stuff this year. Hubby has an entire folder dedicated to what is growing where…
His potatoes are “chitting” away nicely, and will be ready to plant out in the next couple of weeks… so I’m told! His Garlic and Red Onions are already planted out. He planted Blueberries, Raspberries, 2 apple trees and a pear tree last year, so we are currently waiting to see if they have survived the winter, too.
Inside the greenhouse, there are more Brussel Sprout shoots than I can handle – I reckon I’ll be giving those away soon! He’s got lots of seeds on the go too – including Strawberries, Peppers, Rhubarb, Leeks, Cauliflower, Peas, Broccoli, Pumpkin, Tomato and Cucumber. Between you and me, I think he’s going to need a 2nd plot to actually plans all these seedlings out!
He’s got some cool set-up going on in the greenhouse now… all his seed trays are sat on top of fabric, and hubby fills up containers with water and there’s a fabric “wick” in there too, which allows the water to travel along the fabric, and water the seedlings automatically. Pretty clever, really and it means he doesn’t have to be there every day to keep his little babies growing nicely.
I’m really looking forward to seeing how things get on this year – it’s more about growing and less about clearing and sorting this year, so hopefully I’ll be able to share more updates with you. Here’s one final shot of the plot, taken earlier this month. You’d be forgiven for thinking it was June, thanks to the sunshine – shame the bare beds give it away.
Sys’s been helping Lee to plant stuff, and to re-pot things on occasion too. Her favourite activities at the allotment are definitely watering and eating picnics though – she gets the latter from me! Sam still finds it all a little overwhelming though, and has only been up there once this year. We spent most of that visit in the car, as the wind is too much for him to tolerate. Hopefully he will start to enjoy it again once the wind dies down, and things start to grow.
Until next time…
DISCLAIMER: I AM NOT a gardener – I agreed to Hubby getting the allotment purely so I could A). Pack him off with the kids in tow and B). Get cheaper coffee and cake at the yummy Bents garden centre restaurant across the road!