Wordless Wednesday: Allotment Strawberries

Strawberries

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Super Heroes to the Rescue

We’ve had glorious weekend weather here in Wales which has allowed allotmenteers to get soooooooooooo much work done.  The allotment site was a hive of activity and it was lovely to catch up with ‘the neighbours’ 🙂

Plot 5A from the front...everything seems to be growing nicely :-)
Plot 5A from the front…everything seems to be growing nicely 🙂

Plot 5A has been planted up and is ticking away nicely with simple watering and weeding daily plus the occasional feeding.

Plot 5A - The Flower Bed
Plot 5A – The Flower Bed

However I’m a glutton for ‘punishment’ – I’ve taken the over grown ‘hell of a state’ allotment, 4A, next door.  I couldn’t resist!!

I really did need more room, honestly! 😉  I’ve been working like mad to try and clear plot 4A and today a group of Super Heroes lent a hand for and hour or so…Superman, Spiderman and the Princess!

Super Heroes came to help on Plot 4A
Super Heroes came to help on Plot 4A

Spiderman even checked the quality of the worms 🙂

Quality control by Spiderman
Quality control by Spiderman

4A is beginning to look like an allotment instead of a wilderness garden!

Hard work is beginning to pay off!
Hard work is beginning to pay off!

Once the weeds have been cleared the digging will begin in earnest…I need to be quick though – I don’t fancy the idea of digging in the summer heat!  Think I’m going to need more help from my Super Heroes 🙂

Patience is…

…not one of my virtues.  

Plants Hardening off - now planted!
Plants Hardening off – now planted!

Working full time means that I’m not able to spend as much time as I would like on my allotments. The plots have become the place to escape from the world and I love it there, as a consequence I have a tendency to ‘overdo things’ a little in a bid to complete ‘my plan’!  My enthusiasm gets the better of me and the desire to finish de-weeding ready for planting, I admit, has left me aching all over!! I must learn to pace myself… 

Climbing beans, runner beans and peas toughing it out!
Climbing beans, runner beans and peas toughing it out!
Mini Cucumbers are growing fast!
Mini Cucumbers are growing fast!

I’ve read all about growing a mix of crops to slow down the need for maintenance.  The peas, beans, carrots, onions, beetroot, garlic, artichokes…. etc haven’t needed a great deal of fussing, thank goodness, however, the weeding / pest clearing seems to be never ending!

Gooseberries are getting fat.
Gooseberries are getting fat.
Flower bed is filling up.
Flower bed is filling up.
The scarecrow 'Worzel Scrappage' is guarding the strawberries.
The scarecrow ‘Worzel Scrappage’ is guarding the strawberries.
Worzel's close up shot!
Worzel’s close up shot!

I could ‘cover up’ plot 4A and wait for the weeds to die off but…I want to see my plots finished ready for the summer!  ‘Things’ move fast on plots 4A and 5A…I’m an impatient allotmenteer 😉