Web runner beans 6.6.16After the constant rain last week, I wasn’t sure if my young plants would drown or not, although working on a sandy soil, I hoped that the rain would drain away and so I am delighted that my young bean plants have survived the deluge. And they haven’t been eaten by the army of slugs that lurk around the boundaries of the plot. There are signs of more growth. Hoorah! The rather optimistic height of the cane wigwams will I hope in time provide the support they need, but for now they have some way to go. Choosing the path of least resistance I put the 8ft canes into the ground the thinnest end down and tied the tops together with garden wire.Web Ash fence 5.6.16

I have been creating little open fences with coppiced Ash and what a joy it is to stroll to the local woods with my knife and secateurs in hand for this purpose. Living in London for so many years I never even imagined that this would be possible and here I am in North Hertfordshire, helping the overcrowded woodland habitat by streamlining some of the Ash. I do love using nature’s materials and in keeping with having an allotment, up-cycling free materials as much as possible. These little fences are lovely to make and look beautiful, perfect for all the sweet pea plants I’ve grown to climb and embellish, I have planted so many different varieties and soon we shall be festooned in colour.

Web windmill tree 5.6.16I am very lucky to have inherited some fruit trees at the back of the plot with a cherry and an apple. My fellow allotmenteers tell me that the fruit is very good and so I look forward to sampling it, that is, if the birds don’t eat it all before we do! I have noticed so many cherries, although still hard and green, being eaten or dropped onto the ground and so have used my beach windmills, tied onto branches as bird scarers.. not sure the Starlings will be bothered by them or not, although I do hope so. I would love to taste some of the delicious crop myself. It may be time to go get some netting, although I fear it may be too late for that. Here’s a photo of the cherry tree with the brilliantly coloured little windmills tied to it.

I spent the day on the plot yesterday and however much time I give it, it’s never enough.. until the next time.

Happy gardening!

 

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