Well Like pretty much everywhere else in England...we still have the snow. Nothing at all is happening in the garden or down the allotment due to this. My brussels are still growing as is my purple sprouting broccoli and although the latter is fine I have quite a poor show of brussels. They are there on the stalks but quite tiny and because of this I haven't harvested any yet and I know that plenty of other people have harvested lots so I am quite disappointed. I had the same with my brussels last year but I thought then it was due to the fact that they went in so late. This year I was right on time with the planting so if anyone has any suggestions I would be very grateful!!
Still waiting to see if I will get the extra land that I wanted...I don't know when I will find out about this but if I do get it I am seriously considering getting a greenhouse...this means I will have plenty of room for my pepper plants and I would really like to have a go at growing melons too....probably honeydew but not sure yet...and of course I have to see if I get the extra half plot...keep your fingers crossed for me!!!!
O.K. The post is called allotment foraging because I did manage to get down the plot this week although I didn't go to do anything on the plot...just for a scrounge! With all the snow that we've been having I have been breaking my back with shoveling out of the way so earlier in the week my Dad and I went down for a root around and found a couple of decent sized bits of hardboard so armed with these and some broom handles we made some snow shovels...(at least my Dad did and I am very grateful to him for mine...Thanks Dad!)
They aren't anything spectacular but they do the job nicely and cut the shoveling time down by two thirds!!! Today is a little warmer in my neck of the woods and we have actually got to just above freezing point. Whilst this means some of the snow is slowly melting it hasn't stopped the snow falling from the sky and now instead of everywhere being white and dry, it's slushy, mucky and wet...I am so sick of it...enough already with the snow....bring me summer!!!!
I guess I can't complain so much as we haven't had it as bad as some places but I am seriously sick of my house looking like a chinese laundry and I don't even want to think about all the weeds that are being nicely insulated under all that snow! On the plus side, with all the shoveling of snow and ice that I've been doing, digging the allotment for planting isn't going to seem nearly as back breaking!!
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