In spite of the very mixed weather conditions I have been very busy and I did manage to get quite a surprising amount of work done. I have sown most of the usual brassicas, in the blue half drums pictured above, I had a good deal of success from using these drums last year, I simply transplant the fully grown plants straight into the ground when they are large enough to be moved. We experienced very high winds here on Thursday and the allotments took a severe battering with compost bins and equipment blowing around all over the place.
The lovely blue hyacinth flower is growing from one of the bulbs I planted under my loganberry bushes to bring some very welcome colour to the garden in the early Spring.
John~~Battling with the elements, pests and diseases in my struggle to keep the garden growing. A constant daily struggle that will be recorded here.
Gardening is such a delightful pastime. I spend time on my allotment almost every day of my life, and the sensation of pure satisfaction never ceases to amaze me. I get so much out of this pleasure, I think the benefits are so huge that the government should legislate and make it more available to everyone. I will list just some of the obvious reasons here. ~~
1) Fresh fruit and vegetables and other produce.
2) Fresh air and an intense feeling of getting close to Nature.
3) Healthy exercise without the necessity of machines that are found inside a gym.
4) The satisfaction obtained by growing plants and watching and caring for them through to maturity.
5) A regular occupation that you can make into a routine, somewhere to go to at a certain time every day.
6) The companionship of like-minded people, with whom you can get ideas and swap tips on your mutual interests.