Upon checking my seedlings this weekend it became apparent that I could no longer hang on.The beans, peas, cauliflowers and sprouts were literally bursting out of their peat pots. Nature has forced my hand, even the ‘potted on’ seedlings are sprouting roots from their ‘grown up pots‘!
Exciting times! Images of Plot 5A looking beautiful whilst displaying prized fruit and vegetables came to mind. The coloured felt pen drawings of my little allotment were starting to become a reality – it was time to get busy.
Firstly, I planted up the beans and peas thinking ‘well they’ll just have to tough it out’ – ‘it’ being the rather harsh weather conditions! The weather, predominately the wind, is still a little brutal for a young seedling on Plot 5A so a kind allotmenteer offered some ‘mesh protection’ which I gratefully accepted and swaddled the ‘babies.’
The second job was planting the cauliflowers and sprouts however, whilst popping on their collars, I noticed the tell-tale marks of wood pigeons lunching on my mini cabbages…two cabbages stripped down to their stalks! The giant fleece tunnel was quickly pressed into action until an alternative ‘cover’ can be found. The birds have noticed Plot 5A….
… time to put up the fruit cage. I’m not losing my fruit to our ‘peckish’ feathered friends!
At the end of January, when I first picked up the keys to Plot 5A, I remember a neighbouring allotmenteer telling me that he had lost 60% of his crops during his first year at the site to birds, slugs and bugs. 60%!!
Net, mesh, fleece…not quite the look I had in mind but I’m determined to take home more than 40% of the crops that I’ve sown and grown!