Slow allotment gardening in the life of a busy family
Wednesday, 24 June 2009
Posting here has been in inverse proportion to the amount of work going on. I imagine that's common to all garden bloggers at this time of year. Things are going pretty well. The plot is looking spick and span. Or, as the Chalet School gels would say, 'trim and trig'. Lots of work and the camera tends to get forgotten.
But here's my problem - I'm stuck for space. These are the new raspberry canes, the Canadian Tulameen. They're residing in a pot on the patio while I dither about where to put them. It's just as well that allotment sites are home to many an eccentric, because lately I've been pacing about the plot, stopping and pondering, walking along a bit, pondering again, trying to see where I can put these canes. The problem is that they will occupy a space for a good few years. I can't put them in empty ground where the broccoli was, just on the west side of the strawberries, because they'll shade the ripening berries for most of the afternoon. I can't put them near the blackcurrants because that's where I'm putting a block of broccoli for next year, with the first row of the earliest variety already in. Everywhere else is full.
So...I'm going to take a big chance, dig out soil from the virus-stricken row, put in fresh, and whack in the new canes.