Allotment – too much rain!

I don’t know about you, but our winter digging programme has been totally derailed by the amount of weather we’ve had this week. Every time we’ve tried to get to the plot to dig, it’s either rained heavily just as we’re about to set out, or we’ve got there to find that the ground is too wet to work.

It’s very annoying, as winter digging is one of the things that we failed to do adequately last year, mainly because we were still pulling out six foot thistles and enormous clumps of rampant horseradish and suckering raspberries, so we were determined to get everything properly double-dug and manured this year. I can only hope that as November continues it will get colder and less wet or we’re going to have to rethink our plans – we have so much unworked ground still to dig that it will take us all winter to get it into reasonable shape.

My seedling globe artichokes are looking a bit sad – I’d hoped to get them into the nursery bed this week too, so that they can have it as a bit of winter protection before being transplanted in spring to take their place with the plants I set out last year. I really have to get that done this weekend, as well as putting the strawberries in their new raised bed, which at the moment resembles a paddy field surrounded by wooden walls!

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Posted by The Allotment Blogger on Friday, November 6, 2009


Blogger Z said...

Mm, you should try sunny Norfolk, where there's not enough rain.

November 6, 2009 at 11:15 AM  
OpenID said...

Fingers crossed for a dry weekend for you so you can get some work done!!

November 6, 2009 at 1:54 PM  
OpenID said...

You have an award on my blog...I hope you come and accept it!!

November 7, 2009 at 7:23 AM  
Blogger Jo said...

Yes, I'm exactly the same as you. I'm still trying to get everything dug over before winter, but lack of time and the weather is conspiring against me. I think it's going to be a case of get as much done as we can, a little is better than nothing.

November 8, 2009 at 2:19 AM  
Blogger Linda said...

At least you HAVE a winter digging programme... ;-)

November 9, 2009 at 1:25 PM  
Blogger The Allotment Blogger said...

I hope you've had some of our rain now Z!

Thanks Tanya, I shall pop by.

Jo, you're right - do as much as you can and don't get depressed about what you don't do - an allotment in winter can be a difficult place to find pleasure in!

Linda, you can come and join my digging programme any time you like!

November 10, 2009 at 7:20 AM  

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