Allotment Woes

An emergency dash to the allotment today, after watching a video of our Chair, Sarah, being interviewed for Horticulture Wales (filmed last Sunday). As the camera panned around the site, I noticed that one of my three rabbit-proof cages was lying on its side, next to the bed.

There is no way that this has happened accidentally or being pushed over the the wind. The clearance between the cage and the side of the raised bed is one-inch either side, which makes it impossible. This means someone has done this deliberately.

What is worse is that no-one thought to let me know or, indeed, replace it themselves. It’s a two-minute job, if that. I’m lucky that the weed-membrane hadn’t blown away.

But the onions have started sprouting. I’ve pushed most of them further into the ground after the rain has washed the soil away.

I’ve asked the other members to keep an eye out and let me know if anything is amiss, but it’s something I could have done without and, if they hadn’t shared that video, I would never have known.

The Gift that keeps on Growing

Just four months ago, I repotted this sarracenia from its original three-inch pot to a four-inch pot. Today, I have re-potted it again, and removed some of the small, dead pitchers

I’ll give it a week or so to recover and then move it to the conservatory or potting shed. Apparently they require a cold season between November and February before dividing and re-potting (Ooops).

Six on Saturday: 7 November 2020

Yesterday was a dry day, misty first thing, bright sunshine later on. It gave me the chance to get outside and brush the leaves from my patio. Now they’re in a black plastic dustbin until they wilt a little. There will be plenty more to come. I also planted the last of my onion delivery (Radar) – 14 in a trough and 12 in a pot. There are 32 to go to my brother as soon as Welsh lockdown ends. Unfortunately, I had to throw 7 away as they were mouldy and soft. I think they were packed in a hurry and may have been damp.

This morning was a misty one, but dry again and brightening up now. It gave me the chance to tidy and lightly trim the front border, throw next-door’s mouldy apples back over the wall, and drain two water butts, before emptying compost from six large pots (used for tomatoes) into my compost bins. This meant I could move the table and chairs back to its usual spot in front of the potting shed.

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The last of the strawflowers are still waiting for me to find them a home. I think I need to invest in some florists’ wire and tape to do them justice (and give them longer ‘stems’). I’ll definitely try growing these again.

With no room in the onion bed at the allotment, I’ve planted my shallots at home. There are only 10. I’ve never grown shallots before so, given the size of the sets, I did wonder if it was even worth planting them – but it appears they produce multiple bulbs from one set – between 4 and 12, though I’m not expecting that many. Now I wonder if I’ve planted them too close together.

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