Archive for ◊ March, 2020 ◊

• Saturday, March 28th, 2020

We’ve had another sharp frost last night, so much so that the tulips in the garden have wilted. But they’ll recover quickly as it warms up.
On the BBC news this week, a local producer of vegetables in Ely was calling for extra labour to harvest the lettuces that they have just planted. It seems they may be short of staff in a month’s time when the lettuces will be ready for harvest, particularly as no EU labourer will be coming over due to COVID-19.
Coincidentally I had decided to grow a lot more lettuces than I need this year, so that I can share with others since some people are complaining about inability to find enough fruit and vegetables at present.
So I’ve created some little polytunnels with recycled plastic sheets which some builders had kindly agreed to give me last year instead of disposing of them in the skip.
I hope that the extra protection will help them grow quicker. I also plan to sow some rocket.
There is not a lot that I can plant at present which can resist the frost. So I shall plough on with clearing my plot off weeds, so that I am ready when the time comes.

• Tuesday, March 24th, 2020

Hi everyone. Here I am, writing from my allotment plot and it’s the first day of the COVID-19 lockdown in the UK. Although M. Gove confirmed this morning on the BBC1 news channel that allotment gardening was still allowed. This is because plots are a good distance from each other (in our case it’s 5 meters wide and if you check out the video on the right hand side of this text you will notice that the site is empty).

I have decided to resume with the blogging again as of today. Some of us, who aren’t able to attend to their plot or their garden will hopefully be interested to find out what’s going on in the allotment. As I am looking out from my summerhouse the bees are buzzing, they are going about their business as usual. I can report that we’ve had a frost last night, which means that leftover potatoes that started sprouted again got burnt. Luckily, I had decided to cover my lettuces with a plastic cover in order to force them. I have uncovered them so that they can make the most of the sun, like me.  Please check out the video to experience how peaceful the allotment was this morning.

Please check out the video to experience how peaceful the allotment was this morning.

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