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13 May 2006

How to survive a wet spring day

Start the day by having your hair cut so you look like a goddess down the plot. Everyone knows that vegetables grow better when you make an effort with your appearance.

Rejoice to find that your bean frame is still standing and your beans are thriving. Don’t let on at how surprised you are about this, instead exude an air of bamboo cane construction know-how and smile sweetly when fellow allotment holders compliment you on your skills.

Dance a delighted jig when you discover that asparagus is starting to grow in the bed that took ridiculous hours of preparation. Pretend that you never, even for one second, thought that maybe you had buried the crowns under too much topsoil and you were never going to see a single spear for your trouble.

Feel frustrated that it will be another year and 11 months before you can harvest any of the bloody stuff.

asparagus spear

Take a fabulous picture of the asparagus spears, only to find when you get home that the earth is beatifully focused while the plant itself is enigmatically blurry.

Realise that the rain is getting heavier, that the dark clouds are getting ever closer and that loud growling noise is not your stomach, but thunder.

Head off home without doing any of the allotment jobs you had hoped to do, only for the rain to stop.

Drink a refreshing cup of tea made by your trusty allotment assistant (hint, hint).

Filed under: Seasons - spring — Clare @ 4:50 pm


2 responses

  1. Dr HB

    Hey! Well done on the aspargus! It’s on the list for WB Paddocks, once the bricks and glass have been ousted.

    (15.05.06 @ 1:23 pm)

  2. Clare

    Bricks and glass in the house or in the soil? Because if they’re in the soil they might help with the drainage!

    (15.05.06 @ 8:11 pm)


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