This morning was my first stint as one of the helpers in the horticultural society’s hut. It was just for a couple of hours and, not surprisingly, there were few people there apart from the regulars. One of the perks of the job is that I get a second cup of tea and another ginger nut to dunk in it! It was an enjoyable morning and I look forward to reporting for duty again on 15th February, although I’ll be there on the intervening Sundays as usual for bird food.
The seed potatoes that are on order should be delivered during the week and I’ll go and help with off-loading them. They’re Early Arran Pilot, Foremost and Swift; Second Early Charlotte, Kestral and Marfona; and Main Crop Cara, Desiree, King Edward, Majestic and Picasso. I shall get one variety each Early and Second Early and two Main Crop. I’m undecided which ones so I’ll be looking at sites such as the Potato Council.
Last week remained cold so my brief visits to the plot were just to refill the bird feeders and icy pond. However on Wednesday I stopped to chat with John as he had a good bonfire burning
I arrived there on Thursday morning to be told by Joe and John that during the night thieves had smashed the lock then forced open the metal door to the concrete storage building and taken three of the rotovators. They had also broken into a number of the larger sheds but we’re unsure what, if anything, was taken from those.
On a happier note it’s the horticultural society’s 70th anniversary this year and the annual show will be held, at the nearby sports and social club, on the first Saturday in September. Not only will I be going this year but have been persuaded to enter some of the classes as an exhibitor. For novices only there’s six of one variety of runner beans, a collection of one each kind of four different vegetables and one rose bloom. I may enter a few of the other classes as well!
I think that allotmenteers will now be keen to get working on their plots again. One of my first jobs will be to sort out my new compost bin now that I’ve got some suitable wood pallets, which I dropped off there on Friday.
Here’s hoping that this year is a good one for all gardeners!