January is over. January always feels longer than any other month in the year. How does it feel to you?
The days are getting longer and the sun is pushing through the rain clouds. It’s still cold but it’s all the more tolerable with the sun on your back.
The ground is fairly water logged at the moment so there is little to do but tidy and plan out the allotment. So this weekend I headed over to the allotment to stake out the beds for this year.
As with previous year, I plan to grow more self sufficient veg at the allotment. Between work, my photography business and my home garden, I don’t have a huge amount of time to tend the allotment. So I plan to grow things which look after themselve, not need a lot of watering and cover the ground to prevent weeds.
This year I’ll be laying out paths using heavy duty weed supresant. Once all of the work is done I’ll have 2 brassica cages, 2 long beds of 60cm wide, 4 large beds for potatoes and butternut squash as well as another large bed for sweet corn. Our raspberries, blackberries and goosberries will stay where they are, as will the Apple, plum and pear tree.
The previous occupiers of the allotment has at some point planted some bulbs and it was a nice to see the snowdrops and other spring flowers starting to grow. A welcome reminder that we are heading towards spring.