Dig For Victory!


Has it really only been one week since Dan and I took on our allotment? Time has flown by. It feels like we have been perusing vegetable seed catalogues, planning what is going in which bed and deciding on the shed paint colour for months.

In the beginning…

I had a couple of days off this week so I decided I would use these to good effect and get up to the allotment for a spot of weeding. On Thursday I was there for a good two hours and managed to weed and dig three beds.
On Friday I managed to weed and dig a couple more, along with the removal of old runner beans and their canes.

Taking shape…

I dug out old, woody, multi-stemmed parsnips, removed all the yellow leaves from the brassicas (we have sprouts, kale, broccoli and purple sprouting all cropping), took down redundant tomato canes and did a general weed around the beds themselves. I can report that the broccoli and curly kale taste lovely.


Today, for the first time since taking on the plot, Mr FG himself joined me, along with the dogs, and together we finished the last couple of beds that needed weeding and digging. We made a start on tarting-up the longest bed which is filled with raspberries, rhubarb, fruit trees and gooseberries. As you can see from the accompanying photographs (compare the top picture with the picture below), our plot is coming on a treat!

Ready for planting

On our way home from the allotment we stopped by at our local garden shop where we purchased several potato varieties; ‘Anya’, ‘Pink Fir Apple’ and ‘Kestrel’ as well as some onions, ‘Red Baron’ (a reliable red onion) and ‘Turbo’ (a very reliable white onion) and some pink garlic bulbs.

Already dreaming of summer salads, coleslaw and delicious tarts.

We are taking a day off tomorrow, as it’s Dan’s birthday, and I am already looking forward to Monday so that we can plant the onions and the garlic in the prepared beds. The potatoes need chitting first and will be planted around 3rd week of February.

Me and the Birthday Boy

We have decided that the shed is going to be a bright, cheerful, sunflower yellow and, because I love a dahlia or two, it will have dahlias planted around it in all manner of exotic shades (but no Pom-Poms…..yuck!).

Happy Gardening One and All.

The Beau.