Monday, June 23, 2008
What can you do in 85 minutes on an allotment?
- Wander helplessly round the beds admiring the creeping bindweed, the 2 foot high thistles and the redshank that is sprouting up all over the shop,
- Slap yourself around a bit and mumble, "stop whining you stupind bint and start digging",
- Get fork and dig over a large bed and plant 14 red cabbages and 7 broccoli plants and then make a quick nursery bed for the brussel sprouts that are crying out to be out in the open. Water the above.
- Stick your hands in among the huge rambling pea bed, get pricked by several thistly weed and pull out about a kilo and a half of peas.
- Dig up two Amandine potato plants and whinge and moan over the fact that there were about 2 spuds per plant :-(
- Go over to the raspberry bushes and be pleasantly surprised by the amoungt of ripe raspberries, about a dozen! (hang on, they were autumn fruiters last year???)
- Kneel down in the strawberry patch (first catch your foot in the netting and rip a nice hole in it) and get about a kilo of strawberries including some real whoppers.
- Pinch a gooseberry from the bush, eat it, wrinkle up your lips and decide that a week or two more would be a good idea.
- Pick 6 courgettes, including one that already got away and will be turned into ratatouille very quickly. There are green and yellow ones and they are beauties.
- Hotfoot it out of there because you are already late for a picnic event and you are covered in sweat, dirt and courgette leaf prickles (bastards).
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