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Overcast but enjoyable

This is my fruit garden. OK, it’s a pile of rubbish and has been for the past year. It was once the home of my first pond for a good few years but on relocating that to the opposite side on the plot, I haven’t really developed the area. It’s become a dumping ground.

The plan is to erect a fruit cage and within it have raspberries, blackberries, red currants, white currants and black currants etc. This week the fruit arrived which I healed-in one of the raised beds. (http://seanjcameron.com/dealing-fruit-not-ready-plant/)

Sunday morning at once daylight arrived at 8am I was on the allotment and gave myself strict instructions that the kettle wasn’t allowed to boil for at least an hour. It was cold, around 3*c, but within a few minutes I developed a nice warm as I set about sorting out the one ton bags.

Broken pots, useful plant labels, old batteries and piece of foam were removed and sorted into thick black bags. The aim is to keep only items which can be used in the next season otherwise they are thrown away or placed on our site communal table. Being an overcast day not many people were on site, being so close to Christmas is another reason people stay away, but there were a few friends around for firstly I offered useable items to them which they either excepted or declined.

By 12 noon I had sorted out two one-ton bags and hadn’t even boiled the kettle! It’s amazing how into a task you can get when listening to a podcast, today it was Lower Your Expectations by YouTuber Marcus Butler and Matt Viney.

After a hungry Rusty was fed and watered I finally got around to boiling the kettle and enjoying a well earned cuppa tea. I stood outside the greenhouse and noticed the temperature was dropping quite quickly. Once the mug was drained I closed the shed, bid Rusty goodbye and waved across the plot to my fellow plotholders as I headed home and just in time. Five minutes later and spots of rain fell against the window. So not only had I achieved some progress with the fruit garden but had dodged the bad weather. Life doesn’t get any better than that.

One-ton bags before sorting out their contents.

About Sean James Cameron

Based in London, Sean has been gardening since being a teenager. Although vegetables and fruit is the main passion, there is also room for flowers.

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One comment

  1. Sean, nice work. With the fruit arriving, now you are forced to clean up and prepare the area for them to be planted. Some times my good intentions need to be forced into action as well. I too will trick myself into doing just one little thing on a project and before I know it, I’m well into accomplishing the entire project. Getting started seems to be the hardest part of any project for me.

    Today the weather will be 54F (12C) but Thursday is coming with rain, ice, and snow. Perhaps we will have a white Christmas after all. I better get busy and finish cleaning out my garage so I can get my vehicle inside out of the weather. I so dislike scraping ice off the window before driving some where.

    Have a great inside out of the weather day.

    Nebraska Dave

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