Tuesday, 27 April 2010
Sunday, 18 April 2010
Saturday, 17 April 2010
Friday, 9 April 2010
Tuesday, 6 April 2010
Enough already...the shed is becoming a star in its own right! A coat of 'midnight blue' turned many heads today on the allotment. A working party of six men, building a new section of fencing (to keep the deer out) used my painting as a distraction and gossiping topic. "Blue for a shed, it should have been Barbie Pink, they are four girls". After the first few strokes the midnight colour was even more startling and I though we might be thrown off the site for breaking some parish law or allotment ettiquette! I made a dash for it after one coat. Let's see how many raised eyebrows and committee minutes the Blue Shed attracts....!!
Planting & Digging
Friday, 2 April 2010
Last Saturday four women struggled with one electric screwdriver, one hammer and a set of crap instructions to assemble a cheap three by four foot shed. An early estimate for the time it would take to complete (one and a half hours) was out by two (hours!). That was after the man on the neighbouring allotment took pity on us and finished the job in about 20 minutes with some well aimed hammer blows! Men do have their uses! Comments about the shed from fellow allotmenters have compared it to a public toilet and a sentry box. We don't care, it will keep the tools dry and we hope to set up a small bar inside in the summer! Then they'll be impressed! Of course the main purpose for the shed was to collect water (there is none on the site). However an inspection today after a week of rain showed poor results from our makeshift pipe system....??!
England had the 'worst' winter for some 35 years so returning to the allotment after two months away we came back to a frozen then a sodden plot. The upshot of this was that there was little weed growth and the 'professionals' who surround us had made little head way. We spent a few weeks preparing the beds and clearing the site for spring planting.
Our allotment association is in the midst of a viagra-like reinvigoration and has all kinds of new plans to increase the number of plots and plot holders, keep out the deer and create a communal area. As a result of this the workable area of our own plot, previously half covered with brambles, has now been cleared so we have bribed two other landgirlz (on secondment from the southern hemisphere) to do their worst with the new half.
As April approaches we have onions and garlic on the way (from a December sowing), newly planted potatoes, broad beans and peas. We are waiting for Spring to spring!