Out with the old, in with the new

Well, it’s that time again – the start of a new year and new beginnings. It’s out with those old gardening gloves and in with the new ones (why is it only ever the thumb and index finger on one hand that get holes in?), out with the old seeds and seed catalogues and in with the new ones.

Old gloves, new gloves

The Christmas/New Year break has been a time to reflect on the successes and the ‘things we could have done better’ of 2011. It’s given us time to draw up the plan for 2012 and ponder over all those seed catalogues whilst gently toasting our feet by the fire, large glass of red in hand. Let’s face it, we need to be conserving our energy ready for all that digging and weeding that awaits us in the spring – better than any gym workout and a darn site less expensive!

So, yesterday was spent ordering veg seeds. Admittedly there was a bit of fighting over what should and shouldn’t be grown, and then of course decisions had to be made over what variety of runners, onions, carrots, etc to go with. Decision making is not something either of us are good at so, as you can imagine, this whole process did take some time (and many cups of tea). Finally an order was placed for everything that could be agreed on. The rest will have to be sorted over the coming weeks along with the flowers…but that’s another whole afternoon and copious amounts of tea!

All in all we’re looking forward to the year ahead on our allotted piece of earth. It’s the first full year of having the greenhouse so we’re expecting good things from it (that’s if it’s still standing after the gales today). Whilst Cameron may be trying to depress us all with doom and gloom about 2012, we’re firmly in the positive Boris camp with the olympics and the Queen’s jubilee – perhaps that’s because one of us will also be celebrating their own jubilee (did somebody mention the number 60??).

Then of course there are the village shows in August. How we look forward to them – the weeks of preparation and stress over whether the onions are large enough, whether the dahlias are good enough to pick, whether we can muster up 10 straightish runners…you cannot believe the stress and tension there is in this house come August. But let’s face it, money is at stake here. Ok, so first prize is usually only a £1 but, as anybody who has ever entered a show will know, seeing that red ticket next to your pot of strawberry jam or heaviest marrow makes all that stress worthwhile. It’s amazing how competitive we’ve become – merely entering is no longer enough, we’re there to win and come away with at least one bit of silverware to show for all that hard work!

So, onward and upward – it’s time to start planting those onions…did we make a decision on the variety?!

Allotted Earth - the start of a new season

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2 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Mark Shotton on January 4, 2012 at 10:28 am

    One looks forward with bated breath to great greens and myriad musings in the coming months…is there a special rose for May 29th?

    Reply

  2. There could well be, but what type to go for…a Grandiflora, a Hybrid Tea, or perhaps the good old fashioned Rambler is more appropriate?

    Reply

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