It’s warmer, the cut grass aroma overwhelms the senses and the increase in activity on the allotment site all culminate in the clarion call ‘Spring is here!’
My agenda today was to build the shed we were donated late last summer. Shed number 4 (shhh don’t tell Charlie, he already believes we are trying to build an eco-village!)
Fiona had a mission to prepare seed bomb materials for The South Essex Seed potato day next Saturday, a double whammy as our seed stores have been getting out of hand. Fi’s deft hands brought order to the seeds and potted up dozens of Strawberry plants for the stall to boot.
Volunteer Mark helped me with clearing new shed site of tuffty grass before laying slabs on leveled and compacted soil ready for the super 7 feet by 10 feet shed. This is going to be a wildlife museum, where you can learn about all the creatures that frequent the plot.
It was good to been joined by Kathy who keen as mustard worked her way through the weeds in the raised beds with forensic accuracy.
With the warm sun, little in the way of wind and just the sounds of the birds and the insects for company, time seemed to drift away and lunch was well overdue by the time we sat down to lentil soup, bread rolls and some naughty sticky flapjack. Great food, nice conversation and fresh air, absolutely lovely.
Looking forward to the growing season ahead, we will be getting some broad beans, onions, on the go and peppers and cabbage underglass.
Thanks for your interest and hope to see you down on the community allotment for the next taster day Saturday 4th March.