Monthly Archives: May 2020

tapdancing tadpoles

And all of a sudden, the day, she came.  And then the tadpoles had legs. Perfectly formed but infinitely tiny back legs. These ones will be toads or frogs – we hear that on newts it is the front legs … Continue reading

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forward thinking: garlic & gooseberries

There are two impending harvests that loom on the horizon: our Germidor soft-necked and Giant Garlic, and also the gooseberries. The garlic bed is sorely needed as a growing space, and we stopped watering that patch a week ago.  Even … Continue reading

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ready… steady…. Jam!

It’s ‘On Your Marks!’ season in the gardens, that much is for sure.  Everything’s exploding and the growing shed is near enough empty…  The sole survivors in there are the seeded Thai basil, now ready to be potted-up-and-out, a tray … Continue reading

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triple duty day

Yesterday was one of those gorgeous sunny days.  The morning sky was clear blue with not a cloud in sight.  Full sun, hot but not too hot as there was a lovely gentle summer breeze.  By the afternoon there was  … Continue reading

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overnight magic

Another hot, dry day in London.  The drought continues and no rain in sight for days.  CNN reported it was 26°C in London today, but when we arrived it felt more like 34°C ; I had trickles of sweat running … Continue reading

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back patch veg beds – a progress report

At the end of last week I slipped out of the flat early in the morning to get a head start on a general tidy and overall assessment of the state of play in the back patch vegetable patch. This … Continue reading

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meditations of a wild woods & allotment gardener: one year on, the story of our shack

It’s two years exactly to the day when we first took on our plot nestled along the railway tracks edging to Hampstead Heath.  The end of end-of-May Bank Holiday 2018.  We’ve come a long way since then. Here’s a story … Continue reading

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meditations of a wild woods & allotment gardener: getting buggy

I’m in the dog house – behind on the big guy’s photographs. These are a few of the recent shots taken on the various plots.  This one is a Small Tortoiseshell Butterfly on Oregon’s plot, taken mid-week. Apparently the butterflies … Continue reading

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the plot thickens…

It seemed a good thing to do – to offer to do some weeding and tending at a friend’s allotment plot, given that she’s locked in during coronavirus.  But wow!  What a lot of extra work. Given a chance weeds … Continue reading

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hard graft & some progress

It’s been a surprisingly busy few days.  I reached out to a fellow allotment holder and neighbour to see if she was ok.  Hadn’t seen sign of her for a while…  She’s a former colleague in the fight to save … Continue reading

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