Digging, planting, growing

OK so most of the growing is weeds, and most of the digging is trying to remove these weeds, but at least the growing part is seeds and things that will one day be edible. I think we’re winning.

Due to my slightly distracted nature, I am breeding a strain of tomato plants that is not only drought resistant, but also neglect tolerant. It’s not that I don’t want to go and water them every day, it’s just I keep forgetting! Some seem to be doing pretty well, while others have shriveled up and died. I guess it’s better for the weak ones to die off now than later in the year when they’re trying to make fruit.

If the water collection part of my greenhouse project works, I’ll be able to set up an irrigation system to keep things watered. Currently I have a few water irrigation bag things which do work, but empty too quickly.

Apart from working out a way to water the greenhouse, another project is digging over the weedy patch where the previous occupant liked to burn tyres and horde carpet. I’ve strimmed a lot of it back so hopefully digging it over won’t be too traumatic. I’m getting good at digging holes, I might switch jobs and become a grave digger.

One shed, some assembly required

Our allotment has a shed. Sort of. Another plot has been vacated and we got first dibs. The shed is about 30% rot but survived being taken apart and shoved on the roof of a land rover. Armed with a hammer and a bag of six inch nails, I’ll be able to rebuild it.


We had to make a base first. The previous occupants helpfully left a pile of rubbish and rubble for us to use.


They also tried to carpet the soil…


And at one time there were tires…


There’s also a crazy man in the house behind our plot. He can be the topic of another post.

I also removed a nettle bush that was creeping through the soil. At some point we’ll be done clearing rubbish and weeds and will be able to mark out places for growing things.

It’s a bit of a process – first we need a shed to hide in when it rains, and so we don’t need to keep transporting tools in my car. Then we mark out where things can grow. After that it’s digging. Lots of digging.