A slightly off piste week for us. Derek took part in the London to Brighton Bike Ride at the weekend so most of our time was tied up with that. There was a lot of preparation to do on Saturday, parking to organise, first aid kits, snacks, puncture repair kits etc. and an early start on Sunday to get to Clapham Common in time for the designated 8.00am start. I hope you don’t mind a little bragging here but I’m very proud to say that he completed the race arriving in Brighton mid afternoon.
We did manage to fit in some time at the plot and Saturday afternoon was spent finally putting everything in the ground, courgettes, aubergines, the rest of the tomatoes and some of the chillies. We thought is would take a couple of hours but you know how it goes and we finally left at around five. We missed the EHS Summer Show that was taking place in the Community Hall, which of course meant missing the home made cakes. The plus is that the greenhouse and the cold frames are now completely empty.
It’s all about the watering from here on in, or should I say watering cans and tanks since hoses are a strictly forbidden thing. We made a decision earlier this year to keep the number of planted pots to a minimum and this has really paid off in terms of the time it takes us to get around the the plot. I’m really pleased that having the two plots doesn’t seem to take any longer, this was a major consideration when we took it on because it takes a good forty minutes of canning water in the Summer to do the job properly.
I guess it’s back to seed sowing now and as well as carrying on with salad crops and a few more beans I’m thinking of trying some wall flowers and sweet williams for next year. Thank you to Sue at Out Plot At Green Lanes Allotments for the timely reminder in her post today.
So I’m looking forward to a quiet weekend pottering around the site and making some more plants for the new plot and since the weather forecast is good perhaps a breakfast barbeque on Sunday.