Saturday, 1 October 2016

All in a days work...

Well it was more like two half days really but it still adds up to the same!!

So we started with this...


As you can see it's rather unruly, there are a few crops in there somewhere...honest!

After a good few hours hard labour we are finishing with this.....


There is still a lot to be done but I feel like I have made a good start. Along my great weeding journey I did come across carrots, beetroot and shallots which I was very happy to find although the yield wasn't great and I know this is totally due to my neglect this year. There should have been swede, turnips and onions (both red and white) in there two and although there was a little evidence certainly nothing harvestable.

To be honest I was hoping this year would be back to normal but I have struggled to get my head round things...the way I figure it, it will get easier each year but I think I am going to keep things a little more basic next year whilst I get on top of everything again and get back into the swing of it.

Right now it's raining heavily outside otherwise I may have got a bit more done though to be honest after filling a wheelie bin with weeds my back and thighs are protesting just a little!!

I also emptied out the compost bin and spread it and this will be dug in when weather permits...for now the rain will do it's job of getting it into the soil. It was lovely stuff that came out so I am quite pleased with that. Also towards the back f the picture you can see a couple of slabs...when  I have fetched the rest from my Dad's this will be a path all the way to the gravel area splitting the allotment into four. I am hoping that with the smaller areas it will give me more incentive to stay on top of things next year.

Still plenty to be done but I am beginning to feel that I am at least on the right track!!
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  1. You DO look to have been busy - Well done

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    1. I do don't I Sue, it's rather satisfying to look back at the pictures­čśü

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  2. It looks great. You've been working hard

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    1. Yeah, but I took time for a nice tea break too!!

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  3. You've made a good start which is not easy when you're so busy and you have to do the work in between wet weather. Glad you managed to find some crops - every little helps. I hope you have help with moving those slabs. Don't want you doing yourself in. (I said that to my daughter when she got some slabs for free off the internet. Thankfully she has two sons who did the lifting when they got home from work). Have a good new week!

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    1. The slabs will be moved by me, myself and I. But don't worry Linda, they really aren't that heavy and although I'm small I do have the strength to lift them.....they don't weigh as much as the supers on the bee hives!

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    2. Glad to hear that the slabs are light weight ones. Wishing you a good rest of the week and weekend ahead, Tanya.

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  4. Good work you have been busy, great when you see the before and after pictures!!

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  5. Hi Tanya, Lots of good hard work there. Could you please contact me at Kimberley@atkinson.org.nz
    - we are partners in Jo's (Through the Keyhole blog) Christmas swap. Thanks

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    1. Will be in contact this evening Kimberley.

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  6. All your hard work now will make it a lot easier come springtime. Happy to see you getting stuck back in!

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    1. Thanks tpals....very excited to read about your published book!!

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  7. It looks like you've done a lot of work already. It's inspiring and it makes me wish it was time to start planting here now.

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    1. Are you going to plant a garden next season Ratty??

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