Sunday, 17 February 2013

Like Starting Over

Like a lot of people, the weather brought me out for my first work session at the allotment this year.


Today's task:  plant up the 18 raspberry canes that arrived this week.  That's 6 Glen Ample, 6 Glen Moy and 6 Joan J.  I got them from Marshalls, at the second time of asking.  (It seems the first delivery disappeared into a black hole.)  I'm not expecting any fruit to speak of from them this year, so will wait until next winter before grubbing up row I have at the other end of the plot.

While I was at it I covered over a rhubarb crown with a dalek bin, so as to have a bit earlier forced crop, and I treated the autumn sown alliums to a dressing of fertilizer.  Small steps, but a great feeling to have started another year!

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  1. A day many gardeners have waited for isn't it! I'm glad the weather has allowed you to finally get out and get dirty on the allotment.
    Looking forward to seeing what your new canes produce :)

    Linda

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    1. Me too, but it will be the summer after this one. It's the slow game this gardening lark!

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  2. We have those varieties Glen Ample and Joan J were especially good but we didn't get much fruit from Glen Moy. Marshalls have been disappointing for us in the past - they supplied the poor quality brassicas and then insisted they were fine!

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    1. I don't understand how the first delivery just disappeared, but didn't pursue it as they teed up the second one without a quibble. Nothing more disappointing than being let down. They are the only people who do Marshmello strawbs and then they sent me a voucher - so I had to use that...

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  3. Looks like a good start to the year! I'm sure the site must have been full of activity. We weren't able to get along to our plot today, and it will be 2 weeks before we can get there, so I'm feeling a bit pent up.
    I'll be interested in your comparison of Glen Ample and Glen Moy.

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    1. Allotmenteering is a different game to home gardening. Just wait until the clocks go forward Linda. It might even seem like it's worth the £90 fee on top of everything else.

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  4. Nice to see some fresh dug ground,it'll be a while before I do any digging,view my last post to see why.

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  5. I'm hoping to get out there soon too, want to get the garlic in. By the way, if you wonder who the strange music person is who is now following you on twitter, it's me!

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  6. Well everyone really seems to be putting me to shame...I have no decent excuse either....must get on with things!!

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