by John Yeo
The allotments are a fruitful place to ponder on the ever-changing cycles of the planting year and the changes of the scenery as man made structures appear. The flowers are a sure sign of continual change. At the end of winter the snowdrops are the first flowers to appear, closely followed by daffodils and primulas and hyacinths. The hardy vegetables that have survived the windy blasts of winter, such as kale, leeks and broccoli are finishing their cycle of life and then the weather dictates the garden year. The soil has to be warm to enable seeds to be set and it is interesting to see the changes of method aligned to the natural cycle of weather. At the beginning of spring more birds appear as the breeding cycle begins. An unusual sight is a pair of large seagulls that have taken up residence, one is on the waste green part of the allotments every day, just watching and taking in the scenery. Many subtle changes are slowly taking place that will dictate the eventual results of the growing cycle. Perhaps a new greenhouse on a neighbouring allotment will allow a new barter system to operate as plants are swapped between friends. Small changes that can result in large alterations as life on the allotments goes forward.
I planted some Onion seeds in a large pot on the allotment today. I intend to allow these to grow quite large and then transplant the seedlings into the ground. I also planted a different variety of Carrots into another of my large planters. I intend to leave these exactly where they are to grow.
The double Petunias I planted at home are showing through with their first two leaves and I transplanted twelve of these into a couple of planters with six cells in each to grow stronger and larger. I still have about another twelve tiny little seedlings showing through in the window planter.
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