The big day finally arrived. After resembling a leaky sieve for the past two years, the shed roof was finally going to be covered in felt to protect it from the elements.
The shed if you remember, evolved from one of two compost bins and is … an interesting construction. The roof, which was made from flooring grade chipboard, was in a pretty poor state and badly needed some remedial treatment. It was, according to David, a job which would take a ‘couple of hours’.
We got an early start and were the first ones on-site before 8.30am. This was fortunate as we wanted to fill the water tank too – a major operation. I pottered and weeded while David started his preparations. Some four hours later, I cut some lettuce and a cabbage (for coleslaw) and set off home to organise an impromptu picnic. The roof was still a long way from being completed. My solo arrival and quick turn-around confused the dog no end!
But it was a lovely day for a picnic and our first this year. I’m pleased to report by 3.30, the roof was complete. Needless to say, it hasn’t rained since, so it’s integrity has yet to be put to the test!
The courgettes, which have taken a while to get going, have started to go mad. A blanching and freezing session will put some away for later in the year. The French beans and runners are doing well and just a few days away from the first picking.
The onions grown from seed are finally starting to look like proper onions, but as you will see from the pictures at the bottom, they have a long way to go to catch up with those grown from the sets. The jury is still out, but I am coming to close to thinking they really were not worth all the extra work!
We grow a lot of ‘cut and come again’ lettuce, both at home and on the allotment. Salad is our staple summer lunchtime fare. With regular sowings we avoid the need to buy that nasty supermarket stuff until well into the Autumn. However, the first sowing had finally bolted. We always grow too much, working on the basis that it won’t get wasted. What doesn’t get eaten will simply be composted and put back into the ‘system’.
This year though, the old lettuce have been put to an even better use. A local friend The Balloon Lady, has pet sheep which are very partial to some freshly cut salad! There was so much, her geese also enjoyed a nibble of this delicious fodder.
There is something very satisfying in knowing little goes to waste up on the allotment. We’ve become masters of ingenuity, finding a use for all manner of useless objects and recycling everything possible … and that’s what it’s all about.