3 January 2011

Now that's all over...

I always find Christmas and New Year pass too quickly for my liking. There not usually a lot to look forward to in January either. OK there's the seed orders and some planting, if I can find room in the house for them, but it seems ages before it starts getting light again and I can get out and do some real work. Granted there a fair bit of tidying up I could be doing but that's not easy in the frosty weather and virtually impossible in the snow.

There was enough of a thaw the other day to allow me to get my blackcurrant (Titania) planted. Fortunately the spot I'd prepared was sheltered by the bath so wasn't frozen. After planting I pruned it as per the instructions, and pushed these prunings into the ground in the hope some of them take as there's room for at least one more blackcurrant bush in that space.

Working my way down the plot, I finally finished tidying the strawberry bed and planted out half a dozen runners, chopped down the Jerusalem Artichokes, the rose bush (the only problem I have with it is that it's in the wrong place) and some brambles.

Better late than never!

Finally I arrived at the brassica bed to sort out the netting that had collapsed under the weight of snow.

Typical rustic style on the plot

Sadly this proved easier said than done. The ground was still frozen down at this end of the plot so it proved impossible to get the sticks back into the ground to hold the netting up. Note to self do a better job with the netting before the snow this year.

And now to the seed catalogues...

5 comments:

Craig Rockfield said...

Christmas might be over, the plot might be barron, but the season is on it's way, i'll share some of my excitement with you :D haha.

Keep your chin up Rob! :D

Green Lane Allotments said...

Must admit I like the fact that Christmas is over - it sort of marks a turning point as now I feel we are heading to spring rather than to winter.

Always worth sticking prunings in the ground - we ended up with loads od gooseberries, blackcurrants and white currants this way!

allotment garden said...

You should see my netting. It's a mess.

A Year In My Garden said...

Wow you're all braver than me - I have enough trouble staying on top of my little garden - It looks like fun though

mc55 said...

mmmm you're right, it does look a little tidier. You do have three more helpers than me tho ;)