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Where do I start? 25/06/11

This is going to be fairly short tonight as its already past my bedtime, and tomorrow Diane and I have to put in about 10 hours of work on the LEAF finances.  You can possibly guess just how much I’m looking forward to that!

So, I had intended today to be yet another day of ‘Zen’ weeding, but Diane had other ideas, and spot on they were.

Today would be a day of planting! (… to a chorus of cheers from the cheap seats…)Planting dwarf french beans.

Early on, Barry, David, Simon and I planted more peas and some mange tout down on the bottom plot then several lines of dwarf french beans of different colours similar to last year -greens, yellows and deep reds up on the ‘Therapy Plot’.  Here we all are counting the out and getting them placed before earthing them over then covering them with a layer of compost.  I took quite a few photos of this, but unfortunately, the beans are really difficult to see as they’re laid out in the trenches.  You’ll just have to use your imagination.Lavender on the bottom plot.

To the left here we have some of the many lavender we have all over the site, but these are down on the bottom plot, and their fragrance is incredible.

After we’d planted all the beans, peas and mange tout and had pasta and home-grown salad for lunch, it was time to plant-out some of the final runner beans.Bean poles before planting.

To the right here are the basic canes we’d put up, but we added another few verticals to enable us to plant more out.

You may remember that last year we have chrysanthemums here just past the greenhouse which is out of shot to the left.

We’ve moved the stepping stones and placed a very convenient path right through this bed to allow us easy access to the children’s plot and the fire.  Previously we had to walk right round the greenhouse.  Not easy if you’re carrying a large, heavy and hot pan!Runner beans in and watered.

Here you can see them planted and watered in, and as I’ve mentioned before, give these a few weeks and they’ll be reaching for the sky!

As I was passing the runner beans down on the bottom ‘Demonstration’ plot, I couldn’t help but notice these beans just coming into flower.Beans in flower.

Now, I think these are ‘Painted Ladys’ but I’ll have to check with Diane to make sure.

So, this week just a few flowers showing, but shortly, we’ll be overrun with them.  Bring it on!

Also, after all that hard work Ian and I put in a short while ago on The Mound, Diane had asked us to leave two plants in there, and here is one of them:-Flowering poppy.

A single, beautiful poppy.

It’ll be ‘over’ in just a few days, so we plan to plant loads of squashes again up here, but this year we’re going to give the soil a good ‘prepping up’ with hopefully loads of well-rotted manure and a good layer of compost.  The squashes we had in there last year were really not up to standard, but this year there should be no excuses!  Plenty of ‘food’ for the soil and we’ll have them in nice and early so there’ll be plenty of time for them to grow before the first frosts come and kill them all off.

And talking of squashes…Planting squashes.

By late this afternoon, more and more people had showed up, and here are just some of them happily planting out some of the first squashes in the Therapy Plot on a bed that had been expertly prepared by Diane then Dave by getting all the weed out, then covering it with a layer of manure.  Today, Dave put three barrow-loads of compost over the top, then Diane laid out all the different types of squash to be planted, and here you can see us as we planted them out.  There are a mixture here of trailing pumpkins and courgettes which Barry can’t wait to be ready because he has Big Plans for them, the fire and a wok.

Yum!Squashes planted.

And here you can see them planted up, and if you’re really eagle-eyed you’ll notice that we’ve planted lettuces in between them.  The lettuce will be ready long before the squashes get too big to squash (…sorry!..) them, and we have loads to go out anyway.

By now it was after 4.00pm, and Barry very kindly lit a fire and roasted load of potatoes over it, so to finish off the day we all enjoyed them with salad freshly picked from our Plots.  Jon also brought up from his plot a couple of truly excellent raspberry tarts, and we all said how good they were.Jon's raspberry tarts.

Anyway, all this talk of squashes and pumpkins has reminded me that its very nearly my ‘pumpkin time’ where my coach turns into something large, round and orange.

I’d better hit the sack and I’ll hopefully write more very soon…



But I’m still just too full of information to really relate any of it to you, Dear Reader.

Recently, there’s just been soooo much happening, all at the same time, that I literally don’t have the time to just sit down and digest it all.  Real ‘Flying By The Seat Of Your Pants’ stuff.

For instance, this charity registration stuff is far more complex than I’d first thought.  The Charity Commission’s website leads you to think it’ll all be easy and plain sailing.  They say it should all be done online and that we’d get the ‘Charity Number’ within fifteen days if it all goes through.

What they don’t mention very clearly is that you have to adopt one of their template constitutions.  This then leads to a whole world of fun as you have to add amendments to suit your particular proposed charity to make it correspond roughly with your pre-existing constitution.

Then, just as a ‘Party Bonus’, our advisor from V.A.S. (Voluntary Action Sheffield) informed Diane just a day or so ago that The Charity Commission have just changed their template constitution.  So we’ve had to change it again!Weeds in our salad bed.

Anyway, back to the plot.

Or rather, back to The Plots…

Yesterday morning, the weather was ‘sunshine & showers’, so we popped up a gazebo, then myself and David got down to some Zen weeding.  As you can see here before we had really started, this salad bed certainly needed it.Done!

After an hour or so on our knees, gently weeding this bed of spring onions and radishes, it looked like this.

Looking closely, you’ll notice that the radishes have been savagely pulled out.

Well, this is because they were ready to be picked!  And pick them we did, ending up with a large bowl full of different shaped and coloured radishes.  We all got some, but David was given first choice.  He had origianlly planted them, after all!

Meanwhile, ‘PXI Nick’ and New Ian helped Diane plant up the three planters on the bottom end of the mound with runner beans that had been getting very leggy in their pots.  I’ll get some ‘proper’ shots of them with their canes tomorrow and Blog them tomorrow night.

Weed City.

David and I then moved onto the bed behind the ‘Zen Area’ that also houses spring onions, radishes and carrots.

As you can see here, it certainly needed some tender loving care!

David took the end nearest the path which was marginally easier to weed because the young plants were more established and larger.  I took the opposing end -almost under the big hawthorn tree behind.

This was far more difficult, and if you look hard, you’ll just see the young spring onions’ first set of leaves.Done!

As you can see here, after an hour or so, it looked like this, and if you look closely, you will just see the spring onions.

I did notice as well that this end of the bed was very dry -because of the hawthorn over-hang, so when I’d done, I gave it all plenty of water.

Pretty soon it was lunchtime, so we moved the gazebo we’d put up over the seating area, and not a minute too soon because the rain started to fall quite heavily.

The session was meant to finish for one, and by the weather, we could tell it wasn’t really going to clear up much, so we all made a move, leaving Diane with New Ian to talk over his plans for ‘Art On The Plots’ and other very exciting ideas he hopes to bring down to us.

I came home to more work back here, but by 5.15pm, I had to go out again to the library for the monthly management meeting.French marigold.

I finally made it back here to ‘Wardian Towers’ while after 9.00pm to be met by a cat with his back legs definitely crossed!

Anyway, tomorrow is the ‘main’ Plot Day of the week, and we’re once again expecting loads of visitors and ‘Newbies’.

Now the thought of that seems to make it all seem worthwhile.

And that shot of the flower to the right here?  Well, that’s the first of our tagetes (small French Marigolds) we’ve grown from seed sat in the tomato/tomatillo bed in our greenhouse.  We’ve planted these alternately with lettuces, and within a few weeks, they’ll be both a riot of color and they’ll help keep ‘nasties’ off our precious lettuce and tomatoes/tomatillos.  The pollinating bees will love them, and they look pretty good too.

And yes.  It does need weeding!

Pickled Radishes? 21/06/11

You must be joking!

Pickled radishes.Just look to the right, and there they are last night straight after I’d done them.


I ‘top & tailed’ them and gave them a good washing to get any dirt out, then blanched them for just over a minute in boiling water.  This was to get rid of any bacteria that may have been invisibly lurking on their skins.

I then took them straight out and put them under a running tap of cold water for about thirty seconds so as not to ‘cook’ them.

I then sliced them, popped them into a freshly-washed jar, covered with pickling vinegar, gave then a good shake, them put them in a cupboard to ‘mature’.

I’ve just checked them this morning, and the red of the skins has completely faded, leaving the vinegar a wonderful pink colour.

So, I’ll leave these probably while Christmas, and of course I’ll let you know how they turn out.

Should be good for a laugh!

Lettuce & radishes.

While I was down The Plots yesterday, I took some shots, and here you can see one of the top beds with salad stuff in.  You can see we’ve planted lettuce at regular time intervals to ensure that everything doesn’t come ready at the same time, and so far, there’s very little ‘Slugging Activity’ evident.  I think a wander over there today may be in order to see what kind of a hit everything took last night in the rain.'Camera-Burp'.

Once again, I thought I try to get a few reasonable shots of the beautiful sweet william, thinking that the dullness of the afternoon might give the camera a bit of a break, but alas, it was not to be.

Here you can see them burning out the CCD of my camera, but notice the variegation of the red and white ones in the middle of the shot.

Luckily, we have loads of these in the greenhouse ready to come out, so next year we’ll have much of the same, though maybe in a different spot on The Plots.

So, yesterday’s massive input is still being gradually absorbed, so I think a ‘Chat With Bees’ is in order…

More soon!

So, I made it through almost a day of meetings without tearing out what little hair I have left.

Still, I did have it pretty easy.  Vanessa who was taking the morning ‘Brain-Storming Session’ was a pleasure to work with -very professional, and as soon as anyone went ‘off topic’, she skilfully brought it back on track.  I think we had some good ideas; certainly loads to think about as it ‘settles in’ over the next 24hrs or so.

Then this afternoon, Diane came round to drop off Vanessa’s printer for repair (…Yes, you guessed it.  There’s no such thing as a ‘free session’…), and stopped for a chat afterwards.

All great stuff, but as I said, I’m afraid like the morning’s ‘Brain Work-Out’, its going to take a little time to sink in.  It feels like if I move my head too quickly, it’ll all come sloshing out of my ears.Whoops.  Weed city...

Anyway, on with the photos from Saturday.

This shot to the right shows ‘The Mound’ before Ian and I got stuck in.  A hideous mess of weeds.

Also, the ground was incredibly hard.  Normally, when you put a fork to the ground, it will at least stick in slightly.  Not this stuff!  Then when you finally did manage to get the fork in and pulled it back, a great clump of earth would be loosened.  Then you’d have to break it up with the side of the fork splines only to have the fork painfully jump in your hands.

Still, it could have been far, far worse.  It could have been the middle of December and sleeting, and we could have been ‘oiking’ out bindweed.  Yak!The Brothers Grim.

While Ian and I worked on the ferrous concrete that was the top and sides of The Mound, David, Simon and Gary worked on the bottom end putting in three blue barrels that we’ll plant up with runner beans this weekend or before.

This shot to the left is before they’d got the blue planters seated and full of soil, and I’ll get another shot or two when I next go down.

Also, a quick note about this photo.  This is the censored version.  The previous one is where both Gary and Simon had their t-shirts pulled up, proudly displaying their bellies.  Luckily, I had the toughened lens fitted to the camera otherwise it would have shattered.  Not for the squeamish, particularly if you’ve just eaten.Faded chives.

Elsewhere, I snapped these.  No, I haven’t ‘Photoshopped’ the colours!  They really have dulled down from their vibrant purple and gone to seed.  This weekend -or before- if I get an hour or so, I’ll go round the whole site removing these heads from all the chives.  There’ll be loads of seeds to collect, so that’ll be an enjoyable, Zen job to do.

So, the colours have all but gone from all the chives, but step up the Sweet Williams!Sweet Williams.

This is about as close as I can possibly get to them before my camera ‘throws a wobbler’ with the utterly brilliant colours of these things!  Interesting that they are about the only plants that can keep the nearby lavender in check!

Also, to the right of this shot you can just make out the newly-planted sunflowers.  Give these babies a couple of months or so, and they’ll be a riot!

Elsewhere on the plotsBlackberries!, I couldn’t help but notice these.  Yes, its that time of year when the blackberries are flowering, and by the sheer amount of blossom this year, we’re going to have millions of them.  I’ve already searched the ‘net and found a great English company who sell everything for jams and preserves called ‘‘.  Yes, they do muslin for straining out the pips.  And thermometers and large jam pans.  If you’re into preserving stuff and having a whole lot of fun in the kitchen, then I recommend a visit.  Be warned, though:  Make sure you don’t have a credit or debit card anywhere near you when you look!

After all the fun and excitement of today, Ian e-mailed me to suggest we go have a ‘Chat With The Bees’.  I readily accepted and we were met there by Jon, so after the obligatory cup of tea, Ian and I just gently wandered around, looking and noting what needs to be done next.  We also did quite a lot of watering, but as it turns out, the heavens opened soon after, so we needn’t have bothered.

Now, last year I mentioned (…repeatedly, ad nauseum…) that I’d like us to grow spring onions, and therefore this year we have loads growing.  Good!  For some reason, we also have loads of radishes.  Seemingly millions of them.

This too is good, very good, but you can only have so many radishes before they get a bit, well, samey.  You know what I mean.

So, how do you preserve radishes?

Well, I figured that I’d try pickling some.

So, your treat for tomorrow, Dear Reader, is to see the radishes I picked today pickled right here in my kitchen.

I’ll say no more than that they turn the vinegar a lovely pink colour!

More soon…

Don’t Panic! 18/06/11

(…In large, friendly letters…)

No, Dear Reader, we haven’t all been eaten by aliens or suddenly lost all ability to type.  Or dig.  We’ve just been too busy to put fingers to keyboard!

Yesterday evening was our ‘EGM’ -the ‘Extraordinary General Meeting where loads of LEAF members turned up to hear Keith Levy from VAS (Voluntary Action Sheffield) talk about just what it means to be Charity Registered and how it would improve our chances of getting more funding and improve our ‘Street Cred’.

Today has been a full day of digging.  Both myself and Ian have attacked the mound by the entrance with forks and Uncle Mattock, and I’ll post the photos as soon as I’m able.

But please don’t hold your breath!

I plan to get some well-earned rest in a short while (…’Pillow & Duvet definitely calling Nick’…), then tomorrow is a full day of ‘book-bashing’ where myself and Diane pore over the ‘LEAF ledgers’ to get our accounts fully sorted out in preparation for the ‘hopefully-upcoming’ Charity Registration and so I can get an idea of just when the money will run out and see if we can find any savings.

As you can imagine, I’m not awfully thrilled at having to do this on a Sunday, but needs must when the Devil drives.

Monday morning, we have a ‘strategy planning’ meeting which I’m actually looking forward to!

So, the soonest I can see today’s photos going up is Monday afternoon.

Keep your fingers crossed for then eh?

Tea Party!Come and join us for tea!

Four gazebos? 11/06/11

No problem, sir.  That’ll do nicely!

Yes, because we’d had rain forecast for today, we thought we’d better get four of them up to shelter us and our tools from the possible rain.

And yes, the forecast was right, but nowhere near enough fell.Brick by brick...

Ian and I worked on the fireplace first today.  Diane has started bringing down a couple of bowls of warm-ish water -one with washing up liquid in, the other to rinse to try and encourage volunteers to wash their dishes after they’ve eaten on a Saturday evening.

So we decided that we needed hot water.  Just the act of boiling it up would ‘gently’ remind volunteers that Diane has to spend at least an hour after everyone’s gone, normally in the dark ‘making everything good’.

To do this, we needed a stable fireplace so that we could put the large aluminium pan safely over the fire.

We started off by taking out any potash and sieving it to get rid of any metalwork, then placing that in a plastic bin normally used for household compost.  Then we built up the surrounds you can see above, and eventually we ended up with this:-Done!

Then the rain started, so we dived under cover of the nearest gazebo, which just happened to be up by the metal shed and the kettle.

Funny thing, that.

As it was now nearly lunchtime, we decided to kill two birds with one stone and have a slightly early lunch.

Ian nipped from under the cover of the gazebo to get these little beauties from one of the ‘Zen’ beds behind the seating area in front of the hedge.Radishes.

These are the multi-coloured ‘Bright Lights’ we both planted only a few weeks ago.

No slug holes, and completely delicious, the red ones especially crunchy and tangy with just a slight after-kick at the back of the mouth when you’ve eaten one.  Also for lunch was lettuce and more radishes from Jon’s plot, a different kind of lettuce from Gary’s plot and loads of cheese and wraps and olives and peppers and…  you get my drift: Yum!

Lunch was soon finished, and the sky brightened up enough to allow us out from under cover and Ian and I headed straight down to our new greenhouse.Half the greenhouse prepped up.

Diane had thoughtfully emptied one of the new racks that we’d built to house new seedlings on -they’d all been planted out!

Ian then had the idea of some wooden edging strip at the side of the path, and here to the left you can see it in place.

This is after we’d given the soil some food in the form of a bag of manure, two barrows of compost and a load of calcified seaweed mix that Diane likes to use, and you can see that the level of the soil is a good few inches higher.  This will settle down in the coming weeks because its so full of air.

It also needed vast amounts of water!

Because the greenhouse is now almost totally water-tight, the soil in there hadn’t had any water for literally months, so I wasted no time in fetching watering can after watering can to douse down the appalling dust that we’d kicked up by moving the soil about.Lettuce and chrysanthemums laid out.

Here you can see Ian laying out lettuces and chrysanthemums (…which are companion plants…) along the front.  These lettuces are a variety that you can pick the outer leaves off repeatedly and new ones will grow, so we should be getting lettuce leaves well into autumn.

Now with added tomatoes and a tomatillo.From this shot to the left you may just make out the tomatoes we planted and a solitary tomatillo at the end.  In all probability, we’ll be planting another one on the opposite side of the path.  This will make the end of the greenhouse completely inaccessible in a couple of months time!

Of course, while Ian and I were having our fun, loads more volunteers arrived.  David, David and Gary planted carrots in the carrot bags at the end of the top plot near the fence, while New Simon got on with a load of digging, then Sara arrived with her girls, then Barry to do the fire, then Jon made an appearance, then…  you get my drift.  Organised but enjoyable chaos.

Still, we finished off the day eating Barry’s superb baked potatoes, then because it was Diane’s birthday yesterday, we all shared a yummy chocolate cake.

In the photo to the right here you can clearly see the huge cauldron for heating up the washing up water with the five tins of potatoes in front of it.

This fire worked really well today.  Ian reckons that we only used about a fifth of the wood we’d normally use for a fire, and because it was level and all supported, much easier to move things about on.

Potatoes and water for washing up.

After we’d all eaten our fill,  Emma announced that she had a fun quiz for us all.  This was to find out in the easiest way possible just what volunteers think of LEAF and what they enjoy doing and what they don’t enjoy doing and where they’d like to see LEAF going in the next few months/years.

All fascinating stuff, and we’ll hear back from her in a few weeks after she’s crunched the numbers and had time to absorb all that was said.

Plotting tomorrow?  Well, we’ll see.  I have a fair amount of work to be getting on with, and the weather is looking decidedly ‘iffy’ if the forecast is anything to go by.

Lets call it a ‘Maybe’ then, eh?

The celery. 10/06/11

I mentioned that Ian and I had planted out some of the celery a few days ago, and today I got a shot of them in their new home.Celery

The lengths of green plastic tubing are the ones that Ian planted, and the ones to the right are ‘mine’.

Now, we split these into two batches to try an experiment (…alright.  A competition…) to see which grew the best.

Ian’s method is the ‘traditional’ one as used by his father and grandfather, whereas mine is the one given in a book on growing vegetables.

Ian merely dug down about a trowel and a half deep, dropped a trowel of manure in, planted each young celery plant on that, then covered it up with some of the soil he’d dug initially dig out.

My method was much more labour intensive.  I had to dig out a foot deep trench, put three inches of manure in the bottom then put another inch or so’s depth of compost then plant in that.  Ian’s method saves on manure and compost and takes about half the time that mine did.

Now, Ian put the green piping round to ‘blanch’ the stalks so they come out white.  My method involves wrapping each plant individually, probably in newspaper then tying it all up.  To me, this seems way too labour intensive, and as we’ve got loads of this piping left over, I may slip pipes over mine in a few days once they’re firmly established.

Also to note is that both methods involve gallons of water -every day if possible.The top salad bed.

And talking of watering, today it rained.  Twice! Of course, nowhere near enough what we need, so Ian and I today spent a couple of hours just wandering around gently watering our crops.

Very satisfying.  Very Zen.

Above you can see our top salad bed with the radishes really coming on strong, but if you click on the photo you may just make out the spring onions -with a sole radish right in the centre!Sweetcorn.

In this last week, we’ve been planting out sweetcorn, and here you can see a bed of it down on the Demonstration Plot.  You can see that round each plant we make a little ‘moat’.  This makes watering much easier and means we don’t water the surrounding ground.  This saves us water, but probably more importantly, it helps prevent slug attacks.  They don’t like ‘sliming’ their way over dry earth!

As we watered, we couldn’t help but notice just how quickly things are growing.Pea pods.

Here you can see the pods forming of the peas that Ian and I planted only a few weeks ago.  Another couple of weeks, and they’ll be ready to pick. Of course, the vast majority of these won’t see the inside of the collecting dish; they’ll be eaten on the spot!

Still, that’s what LEAF is all about -encouraging people to eat fresh vegetables, and you really can’t get much fresher than just-picked peas.  ‘Bird’s Eye’ eat your heart out!The 'Green Manure' bed.

Up on the top plot is our ‘green manure’ bed, and here it was today.  We’d originally planted ‘stripes’ of different kinds of green manure that we can just turn into the earth, probably early next season, and add nutrients to the soil.  Most of it has the added advantage of being delicious, especially the Greek Cress you can see here, nearly a foot high.

Elsewhere, this time by the entrance to the Therapy Plot you can see some of our many blackberries, just coming into flower.Blackberries in flower.

If the flowers are anything to go by, this year is going to be superb for blackberries.  Its difficult to believe that last winter, Diane cut this particular bramble back savagely, and my how its responded!

Methinks I’ll have to get some straining muslin this year and have a stab at making some blackberry jam.  Watch this space for tales of horror and mess as I get to grips with burning hot, sticky preserve.  All over the kitchen (…and cat…)?  You bet!  Still, it should be good for a laugh, and the walls (…and ceiling…) are easily re-painted.

So, the weather tomorrow is set to be fine and dry, apart from a heavy shower forecast for about one in the afternoon.  That’ll need a gazebo or two up, but this is no problem -they are ridiculously easy to put up and take down as long as there are four of you to do it.  Any fewer and you risk a hernia!

More tomorrow evening…


Space 2 Grow.

From June 16th, every Thursday Nick Waterfield will be down on our Plots between 11am and 1pm.

Everyone’s invited!

As I said at the end of the last post, we didn’t get a Big Lot done yesterday.  Way too hot, but I’m not complaining.  Here in Britain we get so little sunshine, so any we do get should be treasured and enjoyed.  Slap on the Factor 20 and off you go.  …But slowly!

Today was much cooler with far less direct sunshine, so Ian and myself got loads (…comparatively…) done.Weeds!

Here you can see another bed down on the bottom plot before we weeded, and again, you’ll see this was no ‘Micro-Weeding’ exercise.  Big, fat baddies with long roots, but as I mentioned before, the ground was so dry, they came out with very little ‘fight’.  Very rewarding!

After we’d done this, we moved a load of soil I’d left on a nearby bed yesterday when we put the celery in (…more on this tomorrow, hopefully…), so we used that to earth up the three potato beds we have down there.Bean bed prepped up.

After a cup of tea, we moved on to plant up two more bean poles, also on that plot.

Diane ‘made the soil ready’ by getting out any remaining bindweed and ‘grot’ that’d grown since Ian and I did that major work on it a couple of months ago, then Ian and I put on about two thirds of a bag of well rotted manure then a covering of compost.

The photo above is just before we put the bean poles up in two groups of five to a teepee.Planted and watered.

And to the right are the finished poles with the beans already planted and watered in.

“Hang on,” You shout.  “The beans are already growing up the poles!!!

No, they’re not really, really quick-growing beans and neither is it a picture of beans already planted some while ago.  Honest!

These particular beans were getting very ‘leggy’ in the greenhouse, already ‘making for the sky’, and when we took them out of their trays, their roots were well matted around and around the bottom of each compartment.

When plants are like this, really needing to be planted out, we find that before you put them in the ground, if you ‘tease’ out the roots a little to ‘tell them’ that they’re free to grow they take much better and quicker.The rose bed just coming into bloom. The reason they appear to have grown up the poles is that the shoots were so long and twisty, it was a simple matter to uncoil them (…from each other!..) and re-coil them round the poles, and I swear I could hear each one sigh as I did this.  Really!

And onto the flowers.

Here you can see our well-overgrown rose bed in the centre of our top plot, and as you can see, they are just coming into bloom with the ‘just past it’ poppies in front.  Its a real shame about these poppies;  they look so beautiful, but seemingly within hours of blooming, they’re past it and falling all over the place.Sweet Williams not coming out.

And to the right here are some of our sweet williams that we put in last year, just coming into flower.

And once again, you can really see that my camera is awful with anything approaching a red colour.  In ‘real life’, these things are just so red they nearly take the back of your eyes out!Herb Robert.

To the left here are some of the many herb roberts we have scattered about the site.

Again, you’ll be unimpressed with my photography and the cheapness of my camera!

Today, quite a few of our ‘regulars’ were otherwise busy, but nonetheless we got quite a lot done -Tim and Tina potting-on, the return of ‘Old David’, David (…formerly ‘New David’…) and new volunteer Simon who were busy prepping and painting -and having great fun in the process!  Diane, well, Diane was seemingly everywhere all at the same time! Answering the barrages of questions from volunteers, answering her phone, making tea, making lunch, prepping beds, greeting visitors, chatting with fellow plot-holders, maybe a bit of digging when she got bored…

…Anyway, tomorrow, I have other, far less enjoyable stuff to do so unfortunately, I won’t be down The Plots.

Monday, well that’s another matter.  I know there are a couple of important meetings to attend, but other than that, well, I guess its more of the same.

See you then?


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