As a friend of my daughter’s had a birthday party this afternoon, I was able to slip off to the allotment for an hour or so…..
I wasn’t really in the mood for digging, but a girl’s gotta do what a girl’s gotta do. And it was definitely good to get a top-up of fresh air and exercise.
What I hadn’t banked on was finding the digging unusually difficult this time. I decided that the remaining leeks needed to come out so that I could clear that part of the plot of dandelions and couch grass – and I was amazed that the ground was so full of these unwanted guests, considering this area had presumably been cultivated in the last 12 months. Maybe the previous occupants had used fertiliser instead of weedkiller?
In any case, I got another big bag of roots and leaves to take away with me. And then my spade hit something hard.
Oh! this was the first obstruction I had found on the allotment. And it was a black polythene bag filled with something. Somewhat in trepidation I took a peek inside – what was I going to find?
Images of scenes from CSI came to mind. The polystyrene the bag actually contained therefore came as a relief… Not a complete relief though. After all, this is hardly the way to dispose of one’s rubbish, unless it happens to be a lesser know gardening technique that clearly I am not up to speed with 😉
In clearing out all this debris, I did unfortunately dig up another rhubarb crown but I also discovered two others which appear to be thriving. So, looks like there will be plenty of rhubarb ‘n’ custard in my house this spring 🙂
© Helen Butt, January 2014