Allotment update

Work is progressing (albeit slowly) in the reclaiming of my allotment.  I usually have a couple of hours there every Sunday morning and reckon that at this rate it will take me a month of Sundays to get it into shape – so watch this space.  I’d been given some spare runner beans by my neighbour, so last Sunday’s visit was dedicated to getting them in.  I have to say that I’m pleased with the results – if you ignore the rest of the plot, which is pushing up dandelions and precious little else – it actually looks as if I know what I’m up to.

What is disappointing was that very few of the seeds I’ve planted have germinated.  A couple of weeks earlier I sowed some Larkspur, Nigella and some lovely dark blue cornflowers in the rhubarb bed  – there’s a whisper from the Nigella but nothing else.  In the large bed, as I dug out the dandelions I’ve sown a green manure, Phacelia tanacetifolia, which should be good for cutting, for bees and for digging back in.  Again, not a sausage.  I’m hoping it is just the incessant wet gloomy weather we’ve been having that is putting off the germination – and who can blame them?  But the weeds are not having any trouble!

Ah well, one of the joys of allotmenteering I guess!  At least my garden is looking good on all the rain – and the beans on my plot have perked up amazingly since planting.  Happy days…

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About Sara Davison

I've been gardening as long as I can remember; initially as a child, learning from my mother, and then with each successive garden I've owned, I've expanded my knowledge and my plant collection. Starting Spring 2014 I'm taking my first steps as a flower farmer, growing British flowers for cutting on an acre of rented farmland in the Surrey Hills.
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2 Responses to Allotment update

  1. Flighty says:

    I sowed yet more runner beans this morning as few have appeared so far!
    Germination has been a real problem for many people this year. This post by Wellywoman, and all the comments, back at the beginning of May makes interesting reading –
    http://wellywoman.wordpress.com/2012/05/03/seed-sowing-no-shows/
    I agree about the weather being the main reason for non, or very slow, germination.
    The cornflowers and nigella (see my post tomorrow) on my plot are last year’s that have self seeded. The phacelia is a great all round plant and can be sown just about any time. xx

  2. It’s hard work clearing a plot isn’t it!
    I’ve also suffered from poor germination – my carrot seeds have been outstandingly patchy! I’m just about to re-sow

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