Digging in the dirt

The best de-stresser as far as I’m concerned. Go dig in the dirt.

My allotment has been a bit crowded of late, due to a really successful winter crop, so it’s been a while since I’ve had the opportunity to get ‘the big fork’ out. (In truth, the size of my tiny allotment I could probably achieve the same with a nail file – but I like to swagger through the allotments with the big fork.)

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A great way to spend a Sunday morning.

So, yesterday I removed the last of my tomato plants which left me with a nice bit of ground. What to do with it?

I was given a handful of cabbage and lettuce seedlings a few weeks ago that were struggling as they were crowded in. And I had a couple of pots of flowers that I bought from Oaklands Street Community Garden the other day. So I put them in together which should give me something for my dinner plate in a few weeks, a bunch of flowers to cheer up the place, and keep the bees happy at the same time. Win, Win as they say.

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The first of the plants goes in. Narf from Serendipity Farm has given me of the name of these daisies. Osteospermum daisies.

And to keep to the theme of the day here is a pic of my favourite cushion.

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Go dig in the dirt folks. You know you want to.

Happy Gardening.

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6 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Maria
    Sep 22, 2014 @ 06:51:02

    What a delightful post Jean, with that cheeky sense of humour of yours! Lol

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  2. tootlepedal
    Sep 22, 2014 @ 08:28:02

    I like to see someone getting down and dirty. I hope your new plants do well.

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  3. Allotment adventures with Jean
    Sep 22, 2014 @ 14:07:26

    I don’t mind a bit of dirt under my nails Mr Tootlepedal.
    I watered the plants in with worm juice to give them a good start, so they should do well.

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  4. narf77
    Sep 23, 2014 @ 04:12:31

    You are looking amazing Jean, your 11 months off certainly gave you a new lease on life by the look of it and whatever you did was time well spent :). LOVE your allotment and how fecund and delicious it looks. Everything is just starting to wake up here and try to push up through the rocks and the clay and the water table and we have a month gap where things can get a good head start before the soil “sets” into concrete ;). The things we Aussie gardeners have to put up with eh? Those daisies are also called Marguerite daisies which is what mum called them. I love the cultivated ones like that gorgeous specimen that you planted but mine are wild, purple and white and littered all OVER the place. They are very hardy though and don’t need a lot of water to keep them happy (if my lot are anything to go by, they don’t need ANY water…but don’t quote me on that 😉 ) so the fact that they are bordering on “weed” is balanced out by the flowers and the bee pulling power 😉

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  5. Allotment adventures with Jean
    Sep 23, 2014 @ 17:35:54

    Thank you for your kind words Narf.
    I think this is the best year yet over at the allotment, all the stuff I’ve been digging into the soil is paying off. But we still have challenges here in Queensland, now the weather is heating up the bugs will increase.
    I can feel for you about your ‘concrete’ soil because I had a garden in the UK that was sitting on a bed of clay. The only thing that did well was the roses.

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