ARTlotment update from Ziggy

Well one benefit to Lockdown has been that i’ve really been able to put some quality time into the plot this year – spending between 90 mins and 2 hours here 3 sometimes 4 times a week. My heart sings when i see the tulips and iris i planted last year pop up and bloom…ive kept a patch on the pond clear for pond skaters to maraud up and down on, the weeds are well managed, and there are so many strawbs 🙂

I must confess its been a bit of a task keeping the paths weed free (as per Allotment Rules) as my plot neighbour at no 8 is absent again this year (and the plot holder on 7 is nowhere in sight 😦 plus the plot holder on the plot directly at the end of mine.. i havent seen since last year… i am hoping its cos of shielding or self-isolation etc.

Anyhoo. A lovely packet of seeds arrived from Dobies today – containing such treasures as purple tomatillo, Borlotto beans, sweetcorn, salsify, rainbow chard, and brussels sprouts ‘rubine’ have helped me to refocus on what i can achieve and never mind what anyone else is or is not doing.

Off again tomorrow to finish sorting out the pathway at the end of the plot, and marking out where my plot ends. The extensive clearing John and I have done at the bottom end of the plot has resulted in at least another 6ft x 3ft patch of growing space, which is not to be sniffed at. 🙂

And Friday John has promised to fix the shed door 🙂 yay!

About janifranck

Artist, activist, founding director of The Art House in Southampton.
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