JANUARY

I like all seasons but there is something special about January. When the weather is good, like it was today, it is a pleasure and a delight to go down to the allotment and dig.

That means that most of my land is ready. The seeds have been ready for ages – as usual I will try to grow something different. But one thing is certain – I shall have to grow more carrots. I have finally managed to grow some decent carrots, alas not enough!

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I discovered the delicious forced rhubarb last year so this is another must this year. I have marked the crowns that were not forced last year and all is ready now for some tasty pink rhubarb.

There was just one more job to do in the back garden – cutting out some bamboo canes. I try to do this about once every two years – it gives me new been supports for the allotment. The thin tops and leaves I decided to burn in my new/rescued/appropriated chimenea. It worked and I can use the ash on the allotment. Nothing wasted!

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MY SHED

My first thought when I started gardening on my allotment was – where do I keep all my ‘stuff’?

It was easy in the first few weeks, all I had was a spade, a fork and a soft bucket to carry the weeds (mountains of them) to the compost heap. As time went by and the plot started to look like a place where something might actually grow, I needed more tools and also somewhere to keep a canvass chair and other bits and pieces.

Fortunately for me, at that time we had a guy there who could make no end of things out of pallets. Sheds were his speciality.

All I had to do was to clear the end of my plot, level it and let him get on with it.

I went away during this time, there was nothing much growing yet and when I came back a week later, there it was:

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All I had to do was to treat the wood with a standard fence paint, put a net curtain in the window (a very good reason for a fancy net curtain – our site doesn’t have a toilet!) and plant a rambling rose ‘Cecile Brunner‘ and honeysuckle.

There isn’t much space inside my shed but it is big enough to store everything I need to work on the allotment. I’ve got a few shelves on the walls to keep bottles and boxes and a number of hooks to hang all my tools.

Because it is at the very end of my plot and also at the edge of our site – the fence is right behind the shed hidden by brambles – I have a great view of not only my plot but also of most of the site.

There isn’t a better view I could wish for when I’m having a coffee break, sitting on my little veranda.