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Post by Chilli-head 3rd June 2021, 3:51 pm

After weeks of rain, we now seem to have the abrupt arrival of summer. The water butts have gone from brimming to empty in just a few days. The local nursery has been wiped out of peat free compost, but is left with piles of the peat stuff to spare - people don't seem to be buying it so perhaps Monty has been heard !

I need to find time to move some plants on; the greenhouse needs a good sorting. Also need more seeds to re-sow what has germinated and been eaten by slugs (carrots, peas and beetroot), and what refused to germinate at all (sweetcorn and beans). Happily garden organic has a timely offer:

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Post by freebird 3rd June 2021, 8:30 pm

Ooh, thanks CH. Will have a look.

Well, I made the momentous decision the other night that I am not going to keep my allotment. Much as I love gardening, I don't love it to the exclusion of everything else. Quite a lot of crops on the plot are space fillers because I have the space, but just make extra work and take time I cannot afford. Besides which, I walk around the garden every morning to check on things - not something I can do at the allotment.

I've already learned quite a lot about what will grow here, and what needs protection from wind. I don't propose making any more raised beds, so what doesn't fit in the existing one will have to be grown in containers.

I shall keep the allotment for this season, as I had already started to plant it - have been down today to plant out sweet corn and courgettes.
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Post by FloBear 5th June 2021, 9:11 am

Interesting conclusion, freebird. As I'm getting older, I find myself looking to how I can prioritise my time (and energy) so that I can do the things I most enjoy.
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Post by Ploshkin 5th June 2021, 7:22 pm

Makes sense Freebird. Once my polytunnel got going I reduced my garden growing space by half and I'm struggling to fill that half this year as I havent put in any potatoes. Like you, I enjoy growing but not to the exclusion of everything else.
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