Getting ready and…

A week ago last Wednesday the Newton Park Horticultural Society took delivery of it’s annual order of bags of compost, horse manure, etc. The pallets, 14 this time,  have to be left on the roadside verge and everything shifted by hand some distance into the trading shed! Thankfully it was dry and there were plenty of helpers  so it was done in a couple of hours, including a much needed tea break!

Last  Sunday plot neighbour Trevor and myself acquired some wooden frames which we barrowed across to our plots.  After lunch I went back and put mine up which as you see are either side of the shed, replacing the wire mesh.

I was there again Monday, Thursday and yesterday mostly digging, and have now prepared most of the vegetable areas.  In fact yesterday I planted a handful of  Jerusalem artichoke tubers which I’d kept,  planting them in the opposite, north-western corner, to where they grew last year.   I also planted five Foremost first early potatoes for this years A4A Great Spud Challenge!

Hopefully during next week I will be planting some onion sets and sowing some broad beans. At home I’ll be sowing sweet pea and tomato seeds in pots, and various others as well. More on that another time.

Lastly how about this white crocus which I found nestling in the long grass



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20 Responses to Getting ready and…

  1. Tina says:

    Wow! You’re getting going in earnest now. How are the muscles feeling after that long winter rest and all that work? Beautiful crocus 🙂

    • Flighty says:

      Tina I’m making the most of the good weather.
      I don’t overdo it when I’m there, but the first few visits after the long rest were a touch hard going at times! Thanks. xx

  2. Jenny Aspin says:

    I’m very impressed, Flighty! I am still looking around my mess of a garden and wondering what to try this year to get something to actually grow in it. 😉

  3. nikkipolani says:

    Very handsome acquisitions, Flighty. Are they the kind of thing you can grow an annual vine on?

    • Flighty says:

      Nikki thanks, I think that they look better than the wire mesh did! A good idea but sadly not really practical.
      I’m mulling over one or two ideas what to grow up them, so watch this space! xx

  4. Doris says:

    Thank you for a lovely white crocus on a dreary day here in Montreal!

  5. Jo says:

    You’ve really got going with the allotment, you’re putting me to shame. The wooden frames look smart and will be just the thing to grow some climbers up. I love that white crocus, it really makes the orange part stand out.

    • Flighty says:

      Jo sorry, but I’m really going for it this year! Thanks, and as you say will they’ll be ideal for some climbers.
      The orange obviously attracts the bees as they were constantly coming and going. xx

  6. Gerry says:

    I was beginning to feel that spring might come after all, and decided to visit the plot to see how it’s going. You are having a fine old time aren’t you! I think the wooden frames look very nice. I think I should acquire some of those myself, for securing the dogs’ playpen on the deck. And some crocuses . . .

    • Flighty says:

      Gerry hello, it’s going well as you can see! It’s been very spring like today so I emptied the shed, cleaned and sorted everything and put it all back again.
      I think that wooden frames and crocus are both good ideas! xx

  7. menhir says:

    Great recycling idea for trellis/fencing. You could experiment with growing your colourful cup cake plants up and down it. (Reference to last post) 😉

    Your shed looks well finished with its new and original extensions either side, I do like how it is in the picture.

    • Flighty says:

      Menhir thanks, and that sounds like a great idea but what I have in mind is not edible sadly!
      Thanks again, I’m well pleased with how it all looks as well! xx

  8. Glo says:

    It’s good to see that all is progressing well on Plot 124 since I have been away gallivanting here and there! I’m so pleased you are finally doing what you have been waiting so long to do! The new trellises look perfect ~ I’m sure you’ll have something growing up them before long, if not one of your bean varieties, perhaps a clematis – or sweet peas 🙂 Lovely photo of the crocus ~ I found a bee deeply intent in the middle of one of my purple ones.

    • Flighty says:

      Glo hello, and welcome home again! I’m making a determined effort this year and reckon that I’ve got off to a flying start.
      I’m still pondering on what to grow up the trellises. Thanks, bees have been all over mine as well! xx

  9. Glo says:

    PS ~ What a sweet new robin header ~ 🙂

  10. re says:

    Wonderful photograph, Spring really is here.

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