It’s been a couple of days shy of 12 weeks since I last visited my allotment bed and started digging in the red clover green manure, ready for planting out my chitted potatoes.
I’d planned to dig over the potato section (1/3) and then do a little bit at a time while seeds were germinating and herb cuttings were growing.
But a combination of wet weather at the start of March and Covid19 from then on, meant I had to suspend all thoughts of visiting as I would have to drive there, and that’s not allowed here in Wales.
So I have been extremely jealous of those who live within walking distance and have been able to visit, and share their photographs. I had visions of my bed letting the side down by growing nothing but weeds.
How wrong I was!
This morning, one of our member mentioned she was going to her bed to collect some veg, so I asked her to take a photograph of my bed so I could see what I would be facing when I finally get to go again.
This is what she posted.
Yes, there are a few weeds poking through, but look at that Red Clover, isn’t that rather lovely?
The bees must be ecstatic with all that nectar.
Sadly, I don’t know yet when I can go back. We each have a key for the main gate, but mine doesn’t work and there’s little chance of getting a new one cut for now.
They’ve finally got water piped to the site, so that’s good news. And those who visit are very good at watering the other plots. But, for now, my plans are on hold.
If this red clover is all I manage to grow until next year, it’s still worth in, even if I never get to see it ‘live’.