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Saturday, 5 May 2012

Allotment Days

This is my poor neglected allotment. There are 2 reasons for it's abandonment.  1. I unfortunately do not have green fingers....I wish I did but I just don't.  In my head I magic up enough vegetables to feed my family for a year, in reality I manage enough for a couple of dinners.  I just am not gardening clever.  I'm great at digging, it's the growing that's the problem.  2.  It's been raining here for about 2 weeks and so I haven't gone down at all, I am a fair weather allotmenteer.

Today was my first visit for just over 2 weeks and I managed a whopping 3 hours of digging.  My muscles are aching now and I'm walking funny because it hurts so much but I am pretty proud of myself for the amount of digging I managed.  I know from the above photo it doesn't look like I achieved much.

This is my dandelion field.  It's the one thing I am an expert at growing.  I guess it's because they don't need much looking after and they love rain!

Because of all the rain we've been having the soil was fairly easy to dig, which was good , I am trying to widen all our beds and digging in grass is hard work when the mud is all hard.  When we first got the allotment we made the paths really wide so our children could cycle up and down, in reality they don't want to play on our allotment but on all their friends allotments.

I know it's a weed but come on, look how beautiful they are, just not so beautiful to dig up with the sneaky roots!

And I'm ending my allotment report with a beautiful clump of  Forget-Me-Nots, one of my absolute favourite flowers.  I am a sucker for blue flowers and by that I mean the natural blue flowers.  Forget-Me-Nots, Bluebells, Iris's and Love In The Mist are all top of my flower list.

PS If anyone has any excellent allotment tips please feel free to share with me, I need  ALL the help I can get!

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