Sunday, June 11, 2006

Hot diggity!

It has been blazing hot all week so naturally we decided to double dig a bed of the new allotment. The whole family trooped down at 8:30 am in the hope of getting most of the work done before the heat really kicked in. The kids made themselves at home whilst Ed and I got stuck into the digging. Well, it was hot at half eight and it just got hotter and hotter, but we kept at it.

The kids were heroes. They helped quite a bit, they got in the way quite a bit as well, and when they were bored they played and made friends with the other gardeners. I traipsed around after and made sure they weren't making a nuisance of themselves, but without exception the allotment holders seemed to welcome their interest, especially 8-year-old Tom who was soliciting advice on growing carrots and blackcurrants. Allotment holders are generous with their advice, and almost as generous with loaning tools, hosepipes and other equipment.

At about 5pm we finally had a reasonable-looking bed and we put in 4 rows of beans and peas and watered them before coming home. It felt fantastic. We really had worked like dogs and it was so satisfying to put those seeds in the clear tilled ground, carefully cover them over and water them in from our new water butt. The feeling of achievement was only enhanced by being able to look across to the weedy bombsite we still haven't tackled and reflect that just this morning the whole lot had looked like that.

I'd say we've cultivated about 1/3 of the area which was under the plastic sheeting. I'm hoping to cultivate the rest in the next few weeks and get some crops in before it's too late. Root veg is next on the list - Tom's carrots, as well as swede and beetroot and kohl rabi perhaps. Unless that's a brassica. I need to read up. We're putting the sheeting over the rest of the plot and by next spring with luck we'll be able to cultivate that, too.

It was a very good day. I even remembered to apply the after-sun lotion before the Deep Heat.

5 comments:

Oiorpata said...

Once you get started you don't mess about! I'm dead impressed at how much you got done in one day. One stinking hot day too, when I'd have been sulking in the shade after 10 minutes.
Garden hats off in respect!

blackberry44 said...

I agree with her. Double digging yesterday was pretty heroic in my opinion.

I didn't see anyone digging their allotments round our way. In fact I didn't see anyone. Most people seemed to stay quietly indoors until about 6.30pm

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