Planting, plans and last weeks achievments
We have plants!
Looking forward to planting it seems we have inherited a couple of freebies!
It might not look like much but we have been reliably informed, this is rhubarb. Unfortunately we dug it up and split it before we even knew what it was – thankfully rhubarb is incredibly hardy and it’s probably done it good to be split. As of Friday there are some definite rhubarb shaped leaves appearing so now I need to look at what you can do it other than a rhubarb crumble. Any suggestions gratefully received 😁
I was also told that these plants are strawberry and they are everywhere in the plot. The advice is to dig them up and move them to where you want them.
Our local Lidls got their seeds in and we may have got a little carried away, whether we’ll manage to plant all these this year has yet to be seen, but at least we have plenty of choice. Add some potatoes bought from Aldi and hopefully something will grow this year.
Plans plans plans
We did spend some time thinking about what exactly we are working towards and we all had some specific ideas we want to incorporate. We don’t expect it all to get done this year but it gives us an idea of where we’re headed.
We want to have some traditional beds and some raised beds at various heights. This will allow myself, G’s wifey (who uses a scooter) and L’s kiddies to access plants easily whether sitting or standing. We want to make it fun though so are looking into alternative planters like car tyres (although I’m still researching as there’s questions over food safety). A nice seating area is a must so am spending time looking at Pinterest for budget ideas regarding seating.
G used to be a chef so he’s very excited to plant things he can use – most of which I’ve never heard of, and a herb garden. L wants some quick sow and grow items to keep the kiddies interested, a child friendly area would be wonderful and colourful. I really don’t care – anything that grows will be a bonus (as long as it’s not a weed). I mostly enjoy the sowing and weeding – yes, I do in fact quite enjoy weeding. I find it therapeutic and it’s a gentle activity that gets me outside in nature which is what I enjoy most.
Creating suitable paths will take some researching too. I alternate using a wheelchair and walking, G’s wifey uses a scooter and it’s possible pushchairs may be taken in the plot too, so we need to work out pathways where we can access all the beds whatever method of transport we are using. We have access to free wood chip but I’ve no idea how my wheels will fare on that surface. Other suggestions include plastic paving where the grass grows through, paving slabs and decking. We aren’t allowed anything permanent, we are all on a strict very low budget and the ground is super uneven at the moment which will take some sorting. Along with the shed repairs though, this needs to take some priority. There will be little point in creating beds, borders and tubs if they cannot be accessed
How to manage it?
Obviously we are taking on a massive challenge with our associated health and time restraints so how on earth are we going to do this?!
We have finally found a common time where we can all meet, after mid April anyway, so we have ourselves a dedicated couple of group hours together. Once the shed is finished we’re going to put a blackboard on the door to keep tasks up to date and we have our own private Facebook group. In between we can go when best suits us and just spend some time there.
I went on Friday morning and although I wasn’t feeling great, managed to do some small jobs. I trimmed back the bramble behind our plot and fixed our composting areas properly. The pallet compost need to be tied with some sturdier string, one of our dalek bins needed tying as well as it has a split in it and the other needed moving to a separate area as that will be our weed bin.It’s best to get this all sorted BEFORE we start adding composting material! Then it was whatever I could do sitting on the floor!
Pulling back some more of the old weed suppressant membrane I hand dug a small patch b leaning on a large fork and using a smaller fork while sitting down.It meant minimum effort and energy was required and I could take out as many weedy roots as possible. It’s probably not even a 2ft square patch but at least it’s something. This plot is going to be all about little and often rather than spending a day digging and weeding – constraints of M.E. would never let me do that. I always come back and have a snooze afterwords and although it does make me tired, the fresh air and peace of the general area means that I benefit from a sleep instead of waking up feeling just as tired as when I go to bed. My biggest personal issue is that I need to stop BEFORE I feel too tired, and I am just terrible at that.
I’ve got one more week of uni lectures and an essay deadline for next Friday and then I will be around more to do little and often and hopefully we’ll start to really see some advances.