When I cleared the mound of nasturtiums during the week I was surprised to find a number of young strawberry plants had rooted and grown underneath. They’ll be put to good use as I’ll give them to my new plot neighbour Julia who has recently taken on the half plot next door. She’s an assistant warden with the Harrow Nature Conservation Forum, and one of the regular volunteers who work in the adjacent Newton Farm Ecology Park most Saturday mornings.
Another plot neighbour Fran, who I’ve mentioned before, took on the other half plot adjoining mine in the spring. When she took it on it hadn’t been tended for some time so the grass and weeds were waist high but she cleared it then grow flowers and vegetables through the summer, and the transformation has been amazing. She’s had her other small plot across the roadway for many years but she retired from work late last year and wanted to keep active and busy.
What she and I would like now is for the long untended plot alongside ours to be taken on worked, as it was when the Italian brothers-in-law George and Joe had it some years ago. Meantime it’s a bit of a wilderness but must be ideal for wildlife.
I’ve started clearing the main flower patch and now thinking about maybe making a few minor changes. Meantime I’ll be carrying on digging, hoeing and weeding next week whilst it continues to remain dry.
Take care, and have a good week!