February Allotment Diary
“A sincere Truth seeker, or a true believer, cannnot harm Nature because he or she sees Nature as God – he doesn’t experience Nature as being separate from himself. He is the real lover of Nature”.
From Man and Nature by Amma
Here is a photograph of 2 blue tits on our peanut feeder on the allotment. We are getting mainly blue tits, great tits, coal tits, long-tailed tits, robins and dunnocks at the moment. We took this photo having finally discovered today, after having the camera for a year, that the zoom can magnify things up to 13 times (oops!).
The allotment is clear of snow now, and looking a bit battered with the weather, but on the plus side we have some spring crocuses and daffodils poking their heads out of the ground, getting ready for spring (just like us really). Here is a recent view.
We are finally able to do some maintenance on the allotment now that the weather is milder. There has been some damage, some buckets and containers couldn’t cope with the very cold temperatures, and have shattered. We have a fence that needs repairing as the weight of snow pushed it down, and the greenhouse has several holes in the plastic sheets that make up it sides (it isn’t all glass). These were caused by high winds.
We are building a new brick planter for our tomatoes in the greenhouse. This is because we are concerned that our tomatoes never have enough room for their roots, as they grow very well at first, but then go spindly half way through the season. The planter is 8 foot long by 1 foot wide by 18 inches deep. We hope that planting them in here will make some difference.
We want to put a pond in this winter. This will hopefully help the local wildlife by providing a breeding place for several species. We often see frogs around, and in the summer damselflies and dragonflies. We are lucky that we have a large allotment and have room for this kind of thing. It will be a small pond which is quite deep, and with a gentle slope on one side for creatues to get out (either ones that fall in by accident like hedgehogs, or ones that want to go in like frogs). Having a deep pond means it is less likely to freeze all the way to the bottom. We have a hard liner, and so the hole has to be shaped carefully to fit it well. The hole will also be lined with carpet to protect the liner from stones. Here is the hole that was dug for it today.
The other thing to do at the moment apart from maintenance, is to plan what you want to do in the spring and summer. Obviously plans may go amiss. As Amma says, you can try your hardest to do something, but there is no guarantee that it will work out. Still, it can help to put you in a good frame of mind to face the challenges, successes and failures of the coming season.
Happy gardening and speak to you all next month.
Om Amriteshwaryai Namah
Richard and Kaivalya