This week the reinforcements arrived at the allotment, and I don’t mean Lily with her tiny trowel – dad arrived with his big spade!
Gardening and my dad have gone together for as long as I can remember. He had an allotment when I was little and still has a vegetable plot in his immaculate garden. I love it when he comes down to give me a hand at the allotment, I always learn loads and it’s great to spend some time gardening peacefully side by side. It always brings back lovely childhood memories of grubbing around at his plot too.
This week our plans were foiled by awful weather and a poorly 3 year old – sod’s law in full effect! My dad still made it to the plot but I had to stay at home with Lily; a real shame, but there’s always next time. Given that I wasn’t there with my camera to capture him braving the rain and gales, I thought it only fair that I nipped down afterwards to make sure his hard work gets the limelight this week.
What did he get up to? Mostly digging! The whole plot needed loosening up and weeding, a job which I’m always very keen to share. Check out the ‘before & after’ effect!
After all that digging, there was just enough time between cloudbursts for some planting – in went the first early potatoes. It always feels like the year has really started at the allotment once the potatoes have gone in the ground.
Earlier in the week (before the germs struck) Lily got busy with the seeds – and the greenhouse is starting to fill up.
Elsewhere on the plot, I checked out the rhubarb which I decided to force under my glamorous bucket a few weeks ago. Not very impressive!
It has worked, there’s a lovely pink stalk there, but I think the plant is too small at the moment to do this successfully – and the non-forced plants look much happier. I will give it another try next year, but for now we’ll have to wait a bit longer for our rhubarb crumble.
I’m gutted I missed out on a gardening session with my dad this week, but thank goodness for his elbow grease. Instead of being further behind, we’re now well on the way to being ready for the mad scramble to get everything in the ground when the weather warms up in a few weeks. I’m not used to feeling this organised!
Joining in with Annie’s ‘How Does Your Garden Grow’ series at Mammasaurus