Monday, 25 May 2009

Sun, Bank holiday and beer

Unbelievebly the bank holiday weekend coincided with one of the hottest weekends of the year. As I hadn't been down to the allotment for 2 weeks I was feeling guilty enough to leave the fun jobs (sowing) and get straight on with some weeding, so the garlic, onions and cabbages are now weed free and thoroughly watered.

I managed to clear 2 of the embarrasingly weedy areas but only with the dutch hoe, it is far too dry to dig over so that will have to go on to the To-do list for a wetter week than this one. Still I am hopeful that if I keep the leaves off the weeds then the roots should weaken enough to make the removal just a little bit easier. Only 2 more embarrasignly weedy areas to go.

Still no sign of the carrots or parsnips but the new carrot seed arrived so I sowed another few rows and gave them some all some water. It should be noted that watering is no small task, each can requires a walk past 4 other plots and then a thorough soaking as you remove the full can from the water trough (no we don't have taps). Next year I intend to have one of those funky hand pump hoses.

As I was weeding away it occurred to me that we haven't seen much of Joe Swift's allotment this year, what do you reckon, has he lost it to weeds?

Anyway after all this exertion, and in the full sun too I had to go home to have a beer or three.


Anonymous said...

I also ended the day with a cool Corona, (or 3) in the veg plot, as the sun went down. Bliss!
Cat @ Manor Stables Veg Plot

Paul and Melanie said...

It was a beautiful weekend weather wise wasn't it! Hope your carrots work better this time, it's my first year with them and they seem to be doing ok so far, I'm just hoping the carrot fly don't find them.... ;)

maureen said...

I can't imagine not having a water tap. We have a tap to every 2-3 plots. I was away for 3 days, and by Monday the plot was so dry, I had to go and water morning and evening. It's a big plot, so I would dread to have to use a watering can for everything.

Everyone on our allotment is saying that their carrots haven't been a success this year. I sowed a few rows but not all germinated, so I will sow some more next week.
I hope you have better luck with the new ones.