Since last weekend where I was so fed up with the plot but with your kind cheery comments, I was back down there again yesterday.
Tried a sample dig of one of the raised beds but a spit down it was like a river, far too wet to dig.
So back to laying bark clippings. Almost finished this job now but it’s hard going loading a wheelbarrow with wet bark then wheeling it to our plot over a boggy field through water-filled ruts etc so hubby did the hard graft with a break every 2nd barrowband.
The day was like spring and the only tell-tell sign it really is still winter was the condition of the soil. Being very wet and exceptionally cold, far too cold n wet to sow. But how one can be caught out though with warmth on your back the sun shining and the very 1st bulbs starting to show.
What did make us chuckle was on arrival a young lady was stood by her car parked as close to their plot as possible, she was smoking and shouting to her feller instructions (that bit wasn’t funny, rather annoying actually) but when he returned he was wearing pure whit trainers, a little concerned about them batting a tiny bit of mud on them he then proceeded to try to clean them before getting in the car.
I think he may be wise to invest in wellies and I wonder how long he and his partner will last, I got the impression they may think you can turn up once a week n harvest a few peas from . A plot which was magically dug over, weeded, sown, watered, fed ready for them to harvest.
I wish them all the luck and hope 1st impressions are wrong. Unfortunately the magic of tv n gardening mags never explain the hard graft which goes on behind the scenes of an allotment plot or veggie garden.