A bit of rain never stopped us!
I moved to the UK from sunny South Africa 14 years ago and the fascination with the weather is one of those British traits I have embraced. I think this is especially true of gardeners. I have to confess I am a fair weather gardener so I did have joy in my heart arriving on the plot on a lovely sunny crisp February morning.
We did the usual patrol around the plot to see how things are progressing, the willow walk planted a few weeks ago has settled in nicely
There is always a long list of tasks needing to be done but today our original, much loved, shed spoke to me. It has been looking sad and unloved for some time but today was the day something had to be done. Sarah and I set to, scraping off the old paint. As we did so it was clear that the wood at the front had started to rot in places and there was quite bad subsidence. An urgent confab was held and Duncan and Sarah came up with a plan to brace up the shed and make portico roof for the front so the rain can run off.
Did someone mention rain??
Kath carried on weeding with great British spirit
We had a bumper crop of new visitors to the plot despite the soggy weather. We welcome anyone to come and look, have a chat and a cuppa, get involved, whatever they want to do. One family, who live nearby, were considering whether to graduate from a balcony to an allotment, another family had heard about our child friendly family plot. Newbie J ended up helping Duncan with his shed- bracing construction.
While Duncan went to collect lunch ( and Kamil) Sarah and I seized control of the power tools and put up the portico, with satisfying results.
Once the wood has dried out we can treat the damp bits, prime and repaint it. I am working on a new design for a mural.
We plan to plant another vine by the trellis to take advantage of the water run off and to clamber over the shed. The side of the shed is south facing so perfect for beans or small squashes but watering has always been a problem, this way we have created a solution.
Today we couldnt imagine those dry summer days ahead. It was raining harder than ever! We all beat a hasty retreat to the large shed for lunch. Delicious veggie stew and soup to warm the cockles.
Our next plot day is tomorrow Sunday 18th Feb. We have bought it forward a week as next Saturday 24th Feb we shall be at Seed Potato day at Trust Links Growing Together, Westcliff. 10 am to 2pm. South East Essex Organic Gardeners will be selling a large range of seed potatoes and onion sets. We will have a stall with seed swapping and more. There will be fantastic Indian food and tea and cakes. Music and lots else.