The Allotment Wife


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Unexpected tulips and allotment peace

Didn’t spend that long on the allotment today as there’s not a great deal to do at the moment. K and I cleared out the odd weed here and there, and I hoed over the soft fruit area as best I could. Today’s harvest was more of that glorious winter lettuce – which lasted all week from last Sunday when I picked some before and was as crisp as the end as it was at the beginning. Thank goodness for air-tight containers, eh! And we’ve also harvested the last of the carrots. Honestly, since growing carrots on the allotment, it’s the only time I’ve really enjoyed them, I can tell you – the joy of growing veggies for oneself, I think.

Unexpected news however – one of two of the tulips I planted a couple of weeks ago have started showing their shoots, oo-err, missus! I suspect they’re in for a shock once the winter really sets in but, as K says, they’re fairly hardy so should be okay. Heck, at least I know I’ve not killed them, yet …

I’ve also cut down the last of the coreopsis – not sure if it comes back next year or not, so have left it in for now. You never know. And I’ve also removed the last of the foxglove flowers as they’re really not going to do anything now. Hopefully they’ll give us a spring display however. Oh, and K cut a couple of blackcurrant stems and has now planted them in the veggie patch at home, hurrah.

The other great joy of the allotment is, I’ve found, simply being there and pottering around. It’s just so relaxing, and I don’t really have a great deal of opportunity to have any relaxing moments elsewhere, so I am seriously appreciating it.

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