Allotment Friday toad

Allotment visit Friday, the 11th of September 2020 between 5 and 6 o’clock in the evening.

After work this afternoon, I left the office travelled home put my gardening clothes on and headed off to the allotment for an hour or so. I’ve not been for at least two weeks, which means there could be some things to do … maybe … ?!

Apart from a little bit of weeding there really wasn’t much to do! Fantastic! Although the borders do need cutting again, there are a few weeds growing down the line of spuds that have now died back, and I had to tie up some of the tayberries because they were bolting across the allotment plot, but apart from that — very little.

Toady of the compost dump

One of my tasks was to dig a bit more out of the dumping ground next to the garden shed and move it onto the new compost heap I created a couple of weeks ago. As I was forking through I nearly skewered a toad! Luckily it was unharmed so I put him back where I found him.

Just after I had recovered from nearly puncturing a toad, Elvis surprised me as well. While I was weeding the main area over the plot I turned around to see Elvis sat right in the middle of my allotment waiting for me to notice her and give us some treats. Sorry Elvis! I didn’t bring anything again.

Some crumble tonight

At the end, after I had done all of my tasks: pickings free cucumbers, weeding and sorting out the new compost heap, I decided it would be a good idea to pick some of the apples which looked like they were about to fall off all of the apple trees around the allotment. I collected enough for apple crumble and then I picked a couple of storks of rhubarb from my main plot to go with it. I will collect some crumble mix on the way home and make something this evening.

Rhubarb transplant

A small job to do before winter really sets in. Before the ground goes hard. Before it rains so much my wellies become caked in mud and freeze my toes. I need to move the smaller rhubarb plant.

The biggest rhubarb plant on my plot has already killed off one of three rhubarb plants I had in. And the second largest is put under severe pressure so that it immediately tries to flower before getting overcome by its larger neighbour.

I know somebody who can give it a good home.

So, today’s job is to dig out the smaller of the two rhubarb plants that are remaining and transplant it from the allotment into a friend’s garden. It will have a better life there.

The smaller rhubarb plant is still much too large to carry on my own, so I am going to invest help in lifting it … from the allotment into my car boot. The plan is to use a large piece of tarpaulin to cradle it out of the allotment and down the main road. Then it will be transported all the way to its new home.

Just before going home. There was a small amount of time left over to make a start on the second half borders. Not much for done but at least it was a start. All in all I managed 4 hours at the plot today. I keep forgetting how much I enjoy going down there. For lunch I got a long sick and knocked down some high apples. There were very few people around today, I was mostly kept entertained by a robin in the nearest tree. But the sky was blue and I got a lot finished. It was a successful day.

The perk after mowing the grass

Midday on Sunday, the 16th of September 2018. I took a short trip to the allotment to mow the boarder grass around the whole plot.

This didn’t really take very long, but there were three or four people there I have not seen for quite a while so I spoke to them for 10 minutes each. Finally I got around to doing the border — that took about 20 minutes.

On the way out of the allotment I stopped by the apple tree at the main gate. Lots of apples are falling on the floor now and even more are weighing down the branches. I picked a few that looked ready to drop, and they came off in my hand. A perk for doing the grass.