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February on the Allotment Garden

February on the Allotment Garden

By Richard Chivers

February can be a tricky month for an allotment gardener.

It’s a month that teases us a little. In meteorological terms it’s the final full month of winter (although it does take up a chunk of March too) but for us growers it can still feel a long way to go until the frosts have passed and we can really get the allotment garden moving.

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To Sow, To Read … and maybe dream

My potager as it once was, and no amount of dreaming will bring it back again.

My potager as it once was, and no amount of dreaming will bring it back again.

There have been some perfect days for gardening this last week, though somehow, other than feed the hens and check the rain gauge, all tasks have been undertaken under cover. Protection on and off my citrus trees on frosty nights (the porch / mini-conservatory has yet to be finished), but otherwise a great deal of planning: seeds all catalogued using a revised system, and others ordered so that as soon as the ground is fit, we’ll be out there with our ‘task board’ and list of tasks. I allow myself to dream of the days when there seemed to be endless time after work and at weekends for pottering in the garden. Working freelance has its disadvantages and time seems to be compressed into segments between commissions.

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January Thoughts – inside and out

thoughts of Spring

Thoughts of Spring

After days of rain when the rain gauge has overflowed and the surface of the veg plot has taken a battering, it has at last been sufficiently warm to wander around the garden and orchard taking stock. Little things trigger big ideas. My potted Cha-Cha Chive plants

in a sheltered spot by the back door are already shooting, and that set me to thinking of the re-vamp I want to do within my ‘Physic Garden’ – herbs of all types, culinary, medicinal, scented (for potpourri) and as a source of dye. Onto the Dobies website to source herb seeds for infilling gaps – and discovered also a handy Herb Dryer.

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Venturing back into the garden

Spring onions thriving under a cloche

Spring onions thriving under a cloche

Last weekend I finally ventured back into the garden as we had the first dry weekend after the cold weather. It does look quite desolate in parts but there are signs of hope. One or two spring bulbs are beginning to poke out of the soil and, unlike last year, all of our delicate perennials have been safely protected with fleece.

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