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Lots of Jobs Started, Not Many Finished, And Signs of Spring.

This weekend, you can call me Arthur Job.

I did start most of the jobs I said I’d do on my last weekend of freedom, but I didn’t finish many.

The water butt didn’t quite make it, but we’re nearly there. I concreted in some big stones for the butt to sit on, but I’ve got to wait for that to set before I can start harvesting my own rainwater.

But more on the butt later.

I was chuffed to get hold of four hazel poles to begin building my squash growing structure. They went in, but I didn’t go looking for any willow to complete the construction.

I didn’t get any molehill soil, either. This has currently broken down as I’m not sure how I’m going lug bags of the stuff home, given the molehills’ miles-from-anywhere location.

I did sow broad beans and chillis though and carried out a thoroughly satisfying declutter of the greenhouse. We’re all ready to sow in there now.

Best of all, I spent some wonderfully gratifying time in my little garden, thinking about the future and imagining junior helping me on the plot.

And whilst I was at it, I spotted a few heartwarming signs of spring:

The chives are coming back:

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My blueberry bush is budding, which is a relief. I thought I’d killed it.

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And most exciting of all, rhubarb!

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11 thoughts on “Lots of Jobs Started, Not Many Finished, And Signs of Spring.”

  1. You’ve inspired me to get more pictorial Alan! just got a new camera, so messing around a little.

    You should definitely plant some rhubarb too, its one of my favourite things to grow.

    I can’t believe how tough it is Helen. It just doesn’t care. i did the same, without much care, and the crowns have come straight back.

  2. What are you planning for your “squash structure”? And is it for butternut squash? Or bigger?! I have been mulling over on the same idea.

    I enjoy your blog, thanks.

    All the best for next few days!!

  3. Thanks Peter, glad you enjoy the ramblings. 🙂

    I’ve got 4 poles, which I’ve put in the ground in a line. Between them I plan to tie canes parallel to each other, maybe 4 or 5 high.

    I mainly grow butternuts, so this will be specifically for them. I’ve never grown them this way before, but when they were on the plot, I noticed the ends curled up like runners.

    In theory they should climb, and have seen other people do it on the net.

    My other concern is whether I actually need some big netting to help the plants grow up.

    How are you planning to do yours?

  4. I wasn’t sure if they would climb or just hang on, in which case I had been thinking of having the frame at an angle to the fence/wall. (I wonder if they would grow over an archway or even over a pergola!?) Thinking about it, I must look up how melons are grown in a greenhouse.

  5. If my memory serves me correctly, squashes were grown over a big archway when I visited RHS Hyde Hall in the summer.

    This looks amazing too: http://pinterest.com/pin/564498134513136895/

    I love squashes, they’re so attractive to grow, and with some ambition and luck, growing them upwards could make a real centrepiece out of them.

  6. Chives are appearing at the allotment too. it seems a little early but I’m not complaining. I’ve got a bucket on the rhubarb and can’t wait for some tasty, pale-pink stems. Unfortunately there are always more jobs need doing than time allows but you seem really organised. Broad bean sowing for me this weekend. 🙂

  7. Pinterest is great Peter. I just wish I had more time to get involved, but every browse I take brings up so much inspiration.

    WW – I’m only organised as I have no choice this year! I’m not normally like that haha.

    One thing that did occur to me is that the daffs seems late. I might be imagining it but I’m sure they start showing in January around here.

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