A productive afternoon was spent on the plot today, my first job using an old and rusty pruning saw to remove the fat root from bed 3. It worked a treat, happy with that. Also good to see the little apple tree I have been lucky enough to acquire coming into such pretty blooms, with plenty of bees showing an interest.
But my main job of the day was the prepare the ivy infiltrated greenhouse to play host to some of my seedlings that have been sprouting on the windowsill of my son’s bedroom.
Armed with secateurs, I set about snipping away at this invading peril, pulling away long strands of binding foliage as I went, through edges of glass, corners and cracks, I was actually getting concerned that the ivy might be holding the greenhouse together, in danger of collapse with me on a mission to halt the invasion. But thankfully that didn’t happen, although I did manage to extend a crack on one pane so it is now perilously close to dropping out with the slightest breeze, hence leaving a bucket strategically placed underneath in case it drops before I can replace it. I then used a dustpan and stiff brush to rid the inside of cobwebs and any other bits of loose dirt before giving a really dry and dusty compost bed a turn over, removing a few roots and weeds.
The good thing about a site with a thriving community that has been involved enough to set up its own clubhouse is the access to many amenities, which include tea making facilities, loos etc. Today I availed myself of a nice warm bucket of water, before adding some Flash to clean down each pane of glass, inside and out. I’ll never make it as a window cleaner, but I did manage to brighten up a sad looking greenhouse today. The robins were enjoying popping inside for a look around as well!
Next time I hope to finish off clearing and leveling bed 3 in readiness for planting of various lettuce seeds and spring onions, plus a few other bits, including the windowsill seedlings, once I’ve sussed out which ones can go outside and which ones should go in the sparkly clean greenhouse. I have tomatoes, courgettes, peppers, sweetcorn, and sprouting broccoli.
A good day’s work, if I say so myself. Other commitments may keep me away for a couple of days, but looking forward to getting back there as soon as possible.