What a difference a day makes. In contrast to the wet weather we had yesterday, it’s been a lovely day today. Perfect for digging. Not wanting to waste a moment, and keen to make up for the lack of progress yesterday, I headed along to the allotment, armed with my garden fork and my flask of tea.
The plot to dig today is going to be the first of my Brassica beds. Ultimately, I’ll have 3 brassica beds, two next to each other and the third opposite. I had originally planned on only having two beds, but with the amount of room the cabbages, cauliflowers, broccoli and sprouts need, I’ve had to rethink the layout a bit and add another bed.
They say every cloud has a silver lining, and rather than having the outlook that I would be losing space on the plot for growing other vegetables, I’m going to give intercropping a try. This is where you plant fast growing crops, such as lettuce and radishes, in between slower growing vegetables, such as brussel sprouts and broccoli. Problem solved.
I’m finding giving the plots a thorough weeding quite therapeutic, and if I’m being totally honest…a little bit back breaking! It’s a great way to get to know the plots, to find out where, and what types of weeds are growing, as well as getting hands on with the soil you’re going to be growing your vegetables in. I’m also finding it’s a good opportunity to switch off, plug-in my earphones and get some good hard work done. (Music of choice at the moment has to be rock, great to dig to but it’s really hard not to sing out loud!)
Once the plot was dug over and weeded I unplugged my earphones, poured a cup of tea and had a moment in Nature Corner. All my hard work was rewarded with the lovely sound of birds singing in the sunshine. They really do seem to be enjoying the food left out in the feeders for them, so much so that I’m going to have to refill them all this weekend! I’m really pleased that the birds are coming to the allotment, hopefully they’ll be able to help with the control of any caterpillars which may have their eyes set on my cabbages!