I reached the allotment at about 5.30 this morning. We had a quite a nice shower of rain overnight and the soil was lovely and damp, further watering of the plants will not be needed today.
My first job of the day was to water the last few plants in my cold frame. While I was busy with this I thought I would have a good clear out and plant some of these remaining plants in the ground. I had the last two courgette plants left, along with two cucumber plants that seemed to be doing alright where they were. I transplanted the courgettes into the squash bed, then I added some potting compost to the soil in the bottom of the cold frame and I re-planted the cucumbers there. I still have several tomato plants in the cold frame but I will wait until I have some pots to deal with them. My next job was to pick some more beautiful strawberries, I am very happy with the crop this year. I noticed that several of the plants have already produced some runners and I potted up eight of these into potting compost and I should have some new, early fruit producing plants next year. The weeds are growing faster than the crops and the rest of the time I was controlling those, before I left for the day at 8.30.
I snapped these beautiful wild flowers on the allotments this morning. I love to see the Poppies and the Foxgloves growing wild.
Finally a couple of memorable photographs of Margaret's Blue Rose and my Red Rose in flower in the back garden at home.
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.