|Reckon this is a fab look for me|
Bit clunky I know, but it's the best I can do today... I've been doing a little on the allotment which means I usually have just about enough time to get covered in mud before being summoned back home to feed baby lula. Hence the quick-change overalls. Sexy, I know.
Last year Jude and I dug over this whole patch, cleared it of weeds and then covered it up for 6 months or so. This year I uncovered, dug it over again (and abandoned it again so that more weeds have snuck back in - doh!) and then broadcast wildflower seed in the section behind me, just beyond the little clump of forget-me-nots. Now the idea is to transplant as many seedlings as possible from there into the remaining ground so that the smaller ones have a chance to grow before becoming swamped by the more vigorous.
|More wildflowers waiting|
|Pretty little things, but I don't know what they are!|
|How I wish the allotment looked (complete with help)*|
|How it actually looks. Wild, basically.|
|Bronze fennel, sweet william and crazy brassicas gone to seed|
|As you can see the chicken wire isn't deterring the chickens much!|
The others are devils though! Creeping buttercup looks completely wonderful for about a month in early spring when it becomes a carpet of yellow blooms, so it's just a case of preventing it from taking over the whole space as it can very quickly smother huge areas of ground. Once it's got a hold it's a nightmare to pull up.
Meanwhile, in the greenhouse,
|My dream greenhouse (complete with help - or hubs, as he prefers to be known as)*|
Here's what's on my bench, quietly waiting for me to do more than just chuck some water on here and then:
I had intended to not do anything this year, what with baby an' all, but sowing seeds is so damn addictive it's really hard to stop... it's always such a thrill to see those first little tender shoots poking up, knowing they have the potential to become a plant that could be taller than me! Sometimes it's not such a thrill as quite often the odd weed comes up instead (one of the downsides of using home-made compost and not sterilising it!)
Time to go make some omelettes!
Have a cracking weekend!
(*pictures of allotmenting on a grand scale were taken at Buckfast Abbey a couple of months ago)