Woops. Another huge gap. I did pop up to the plot a few times in the back end of 2009 to pick some things, but the slugs pretty much demolished all of the courgettes (I got two) and the sweetcorn didnīt go in fast enough to be ready by the time the autumn hit. And I never got back to dig up the maincrop spuds either.
But being a stubborn gardener, who doesnīt like giving up, I refuse to take the option of quitting the allotment on the grounds that as fast as I can get it refurbished the weeds are taking over again. But I still have to face the fact that this is true. So Iīve gone for the only other option I can see.
I have engaged a gardener to do the preparation and weeding work for me, and to get that wilderness back into productive beds. Sheīll probably find a load of potatoes hiding that are usable or starting to grow, and also a lot more bindweed than is desirable (mind you, is any?) and I hope sheīs still speaking to me at the end of the first week!
I hadnīt realised how much of a weight this was going to take off my shoulders. I went straight from the allotment to South Heath and bought seed potatoes (all Charlotte - they are the ones we eat most of!) and onion/shallot sets. And parsnip seed. And beetroot seed. All stuff to bung in during March.
Meanwhile, at home Iīve got the usual propagator full of chillies. The conclusion from last year was that we might as well not bother with anything other than the Prairie Fires: tiny, pretty plants, tiny chillies, WHOA heat. And early. And Iīve still got my main plant from last year. All the same, we sowed jalapeno, cayenne and a few others just for the fun of it.
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