Wednesday, 6 April 2016

Getting to grips with the plot Easter 2016

It's been quite a while since I last updated my activities on plot 44 and that has been due to a whole range of issues that allotmenteers deal with from time to time - life . My grown up children are now studying in London & Liverpool , the dog has recovered from last year's spinal injury but still needs to lose weight . Allotment wise I've spent quite a bit more time than I would have liked on setting up a proper association on the site and for my sins ended up as chairperson this year . 
I've been sowing seeds since the start of February whilst also getting my plot back on track . There's still a long list of improvements/repairs that I would like to complete and I have been steadily carrying out improvements since the beginning of March replacing the fence and I've even managed to construct a mini lean-to greenhouse on the side of my shed which has been on my wish list for the past four years. 
I have always been a bit of a seed hoarder and this year is no exception so whilst I was off work during the Easter weekend I spent a few days getting myself in to some sort of order. I've divided my seeds between seven seed tins and labelled the tins as follows : Flowers & Fruit Seeds ( Sunday ) , Alliums & Root Veg ( Monday ), Brassicas & Squash ( Tuesday ) , Salad & Herbs (Wednesday ) , Miscellaneous (Sweetcorn, Cardoon,Samphire etc.) ( Thursday ) , a tin that contains the various seeds that I've saved myself from last year's plants ( Friday ) and finally a large tin marked Legumes ( Saturday ) . 
 I sow seeds from one of those tins each morning and now that we have lighter evenings I spend a hour or so pricking out previously sown seedlings before preparing seed trays and choosing the seeds from the next day's tin to sow the next morning . So far this new time table is working whilst allowing me to lend more of my free time completing improvements on the plot . Until next week I thank you for reading/returning, Paul

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