Allotment Adventures: Paint the Shed Grey!

This week’s allotment post will actually feature work done on the allotment! The weather gods were smiling on London and we had a clear, warmish day on Sunday. The rhubarb is finally starting to come up, it’s been on the verge of it for weeks. The rhubarb isn’t the only sign of spring, the grape hyacinths are appearing, there are buds on the plum tree and blueberries and leaves on the raspberries and gooseberries, tiny leaves but leaves nonetheless.Remember I said that I’d solved the mystery of the additional roll of edging, and that the benefactor had been my lovely allotment neighbour, as she was helping clear an abandoned plot. She also found six fixed edging thingies (the type that we’ve been using to surround some beds) and left them on the plot. Ma and I bought two more and lo instead of one big salad bed that everyone walks on, we have two smaller ones!On the bits that aren’t fenced in and aren’t paths, I’ve sown some herbs (coriander) and I’ll sow some flowers. That was my first job, then we planted out some of the potatoes. The anyas. I’m not sure that it isn’t too early but they weren’t so much chitting as becoming trees, also weird cold weather aside, they need planting. We are growing them in bags so I’ve also covered them in fleece, which should protect them from frost. We also sowed two rows of peas (early onwards) and covered them in fleece too. You can see them in this photo.That done, I also split the mint and it went into the green container, two terracotta pots and a bucket.

Then while Ma got on with weeding, I painted the shed with it’s first coat of paint. Finally.It’ll need another couple of coats and then we’ll just do another every autumn.

I also dug over and sort of fenced off the area that I want to plant borlotto beans in this year, you can see it the other side of the broad beans.

It was good to get out and spend the time on the plot. I often feel that I don’t do enough and because I really held back with the sowing, I was worried that I was behind but having spent the day on the plot, we really aren’t, we’re in good shape!

There is a list of things to do though!

  • Plant out the rest of the potatoes
  • Fill the beds that haven’t already been filled with compost
  • work out the space at the top of the plot for winter squash
  • greenhouse
  • build cloche and get the leeks and the sweetpeas out of the house
  • finish prep on the new bean (borlotto) bed
  • sow cucumbers, courgettes, crookneck and cucamelon seeds
  • sow more tomatoes
  • sow beetroot, spinach and salad
  • another coat of paint on the shed
  • sow flowers
  • set up another round flower bed


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7 Responses to Allotment Adventures: Paint the Shed Grey!

  1. Sharon says:

    I have broad bean envy! My first sowing in the polytunnel were eaten by mice and of the 26 sowed, so far only two have germinated in the greenhouse.
    Your plot looks lovely.

    • nicdempsey says:

      I overwintered the broad beans which is why they survived the snow but they aren’t all that happy right now. I’m glad they were in a raised bed because that at least stopped them getting soggy feet!

  2. Ali says:

    That is such a beautiful plot – you have put so much work in!! I love the bark chippings – I was thinking the other day that they would be my ground cover of choice, as they are pretty and bouncy too. Love to read about all this sowing and planting – so exciting!

    • nicdempsey says:

      Thank you, we were very lucky that we started with such a good plot and it wasn’t too weedy! We were also really lucky with the woodchip because it was all free! Some of it is covering weed control fabric that degrades over time and will help improve the soil and some of is covers less biodegradable weed control and needs digging out and reapplying, all of it is great for the local fox, who loves digging in it in search of slugs and other tasty (to a fox) things to eat! If you like reading about sowing and planting then hang on until May which is traditionally ‘plant all the things’ months, swiftly followed by ‘water all the things’ month and hopefully ‘pick all the things’ month!

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  4. Valonia says:

    Wow, you’ve been really busy and the plot looks great! Looking forward to seeing your finished shed – we’ll have matching shed colours. 🙂

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