I paid a visit to the allotment. I worked very hard and fast to get as much as possible done in a very short space of time. I have so many jobs to tackle it is always difficult to know where to begin. I started by removing a few side shoots from some of the many tomato plants I have growing in pots and I staked up a few plants with bamboo canes. It really is amazing how much they have grown in a very short space of time. We have been blessed with some very good growing weather of late, lots of rain mixed with warm sunshine. Then watering, I started on the pots, then I quickly moved on to the seed beds, making a mental note of my next jobs as I moved around the plot. I started to pick some delicious strawberries, the plants were heavy with fruit and I filled three containers. However I noticed the beds were full of weeds and I decided to pick the fruit and pull the weeds at the same time. This worked very well and I think I have managed to catch the weeds before they grow out of control. This job lasted up until it came time for me to leave for home. The Magpies were chattering and feeding on the grass on the open space next to the plot, I cannot imagine what they find to feed on there.
I managed to cut the grass on my front lawn, I had intended to cut the grass at the back of the house until a fairly heavy shower of rain sent me scurrying back into the house. I did not want to risk clogging the blades of my lawnmower. There are quite a number of jobs to be done in the back garden and I will have to set aside some time to get them all done soon. It has been a wonderful year for the roses, we have had some wonderful blooms on most of our small number of bushes.
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.