Gardening is taking a back seat. My mum will be buried this Wednesday. I always took flowers when visiting, the last two-and-a-half years in a nursing home. Mum liked roses and I’ll be looking for a rose bush to plant.
Hardly comparable, but a combination of poor weather and a very sore shoulder have limited work on the allotment.
Today was the first time in a couple of weeks that things progressed. Even in bad weather there are jobs to do. I bagged some compost and drained the reservoirs of ‘tea’. This afternoon I planted five red onion sets that decided to sprout before I could unpack them.
These are Red Baron variety, heat treated, organic and pricey. Thought it best to get them in as soon as possible.
Up at the allotment it was all quiet. Obviously most people have decided to stay inside and keep warm this Easter Monday. Still, it’s the earliest Easter in 90 years.
Some of the onions and garlic have come on despite the gales and cold weather.
Well, what do you know? Sales of vegetable seeds grew 7% last year.
…six towns [in Yorkshire] have a combined waiting list of more than 3,500 people. Sheffield has 1,400 on its list. Elsewhere, Manchester has 850 people on the waiting list for allotments, Edinburgh has 1,150, Plymouth 1,000 and Blyth Valley, in Northumberland, has more than 1,200. In Swindon, there is now a five-year waiting list.
And, I thought I had it bad waiting a year.