This morning, I took part in an experiment to help a PhD student with her research. I don’t of course know what she is looking for, except that it is something to do with physical activity. Thus, I am now kitted out with a special watch (ie something on my wrist) which will measure my activity levels over the next couple of weeks.
I’m not sure if I will be party directly to the results but I certainly will have given the impression so far that I do occasionally leave the couch! For when I woke up, I noticed the broad beans I had sown a week gone Sunday were definitely starting to sprout, which means the ground at the allotment needs to be prepared with some speed.
Actually, while I was out yesterday, the sprouting process had already begun. Indeed, between getting home in the late afternoon and going to bed, the beans also made notable progress.
However, it was very frosty this morning and part of me thought coming home after the experiment would be the more appealing option than going for a digging session. Still, since I was in the right vicinity for the allotment after doing lots of activities of a mentally challenging nature, I decided I should at least take a peek.
Famous last words! In about an hour I felt as though I had cleared very little ground – maybe one and a half feet by six feet – but there was another big bag to take home. This time the culprit was almost entirely couch grass roots, and not polystyrene 😉
I wonder how many weeks it is going to take to complete the plot clearance? I dare say it doesn’t matter, though, as long as I have enough suitable soil to sow and plant in. Oh, and enough of the weeds removed so as not to be an annoyance to the neighbours….
© Helen Butt, January 2014