Thursday, 8 January 2015

January Allotment

January allotment The sun shone burning away a frosty morning melting the ice, all except that at the top of the water butt which we fished out and set on the floor for LB to investigate. Not an awful lot else was going on. A blank canvas and a LOT of digging.
blue-tit bird child at the allotment view-through-ice Birds came to investigate as we turned the soil over, especially a friendly robin who gradually hopped closer from shed roof to spade handle looking for the wigglers that we brought to the surface. allotment digging robin cold allotment January is normally my time for armchair gardening and we didn't seem to start tidying up the allotment until much later last year in March. This year it is a proper clean up mission and we have dreams that the plot will be pretty and productive. I need to draw a new allotment plan so will be getting the ruler and pencil crayons out this weekend. sunlit-allotment Don't fancy giving this a prod.....rotten pumpkin. Not ours but on a neighbouring plot. rotten-pumpkin A few people have obviously been down to tidy and dig over the soil for the growing year ahead. A plot friend had a layer of well rotted manure over his but I think we will be just digging in chicken manure pellets into our soil and some compost from the heap.bare-allotment allotment-shed green-allotment-shed This weekend we are going on an allotment shopping spree to buy gloves (currently got odd ones, holey ones), an extra fork (so we can both work on removing dreaded couch grass), pruners (so I can tackle the fruit bushes) and other bits and pieces, ready to continue with the clearance of all the weeds and creating allotment of the year - ahem...... I had a nosy around the whole site as per usual and one plot in particular stands out as you walk past many other overgrown plots with their rambling raspberries and forgotten items from last year....winter-allotment Behold the beauty here and how tidy it all is!! This is what I am aiming for, only better ;)
perfect-tidy-winter-allotment

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9 comments:

Kriss MacDonald said...

Love the blue tit and robin visitors! Lovely sunshine for a day of planning.

Gemma Garner said...

Great bird photos, I do love blue tits :) Nice to see your little boy enjoying being at the allotment so much. I really need to get back out into our garden, lots of tidying to be done!

citygirl101 said...

That pumpkin! Looks like it over did it at Halloween!
The robin is an adorable visitor, they always seem so friendly

Catherine said...

A weekend of drawing up plans, making lists and buying supplies - bliss! Other plots are always fabulous inspiration, I always come away from a stroll around our site full of ideas. Looking forward to seeing what you grow this year :)

Elizabeth - Little White Feath said...

Great photos. The Blue Tit and Robin are brill! Our robins are fearless - they get very close to us as we're working in the garden. Quite right not to prod that pumpkin I think! x

Charlotte said...

We have recently moved house from a house with a big garden, an orchard and a veg patch to a house with no outdoor space. It is alright at the minute but think we'll miss it in the summer. It would be lovely to have an allotment! x

Happy Homebird said...

Always make me laugh like Sid James :)

Ness said...

You have been very good to venture out and have a tidy up. My garden is in desperate need of some TLC but the wind and rain is just too much at the moment!

Stephanie Robinson said...

It's looking very smart already and great you've got a friendly robin - I bet he gets braver and braver. Looking forward to seeing how your crops grow #hdygg

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