Late, late, late… and old

courgettesIt’s all late; I’m about three weeks behind with everything because of the shite weather of the last few weeks.

On the plus side, seeds are germinating at double speed in this heat. These courgette seeds appeared only six days after sowing; some kind of record, surely.

I did five hours at the allotment this weekend, and it dawned on me – for the first time in my life – that I’m getting a bit old for this shit.

I know, I know: 43 isn’t ‘old’. But the simple acts of repeatedly kneeling, bending, getting down, getting up (especially getting up)… they’ve started to feel rather harder work than they used to. When it’s 29C.

Anyway, we keep buggering on.

15 Responses to “Late, late, late… and old”

  1. Tanya Walton Says:

    Wow SM….you’re only 43…with some of your moanings of late I imagined you to be more my Fathers age…sorry.. 😉

  2. Emma Says:

    Ha! You are not allowed to complain, one of the old boys on my allotments is in his 90s! And his plot is in way better shape than mine.

  3. Soilman Says:

    That’s cos he’s got the time, Emma, not because he’s more spry and agile than you!

    My plot would be bloody spotless if I had every day off work. Even if I were in a wheelchair.

  4. rainman Says:

    You should meet my neighbour. Other side of 80 and I know which of the two of us can double dig a garden bed quicker, or better for that matter.

    Our generation needs a large dose of HTFU.

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  6. Tom Says:

    Soilman – I was in the kitchen chatting to my wife and we agreed not to go on holiday this year. I was reminded of your immortal blog entry – last year some time – about holiday anxiety. This year I am free of it. There is the public shame of telling people that you are staying at home – oh god ! – but I can live with that.

    Thanks for the courgette reminder.

  7. Soilman Says:

    Smart move, Tom. You won’t regret it!!

  8. The Idiot Gardener Says:

    43? You want to get some sleep!

  9. Magic Cochin Says:

    Gosh! Tanya’s already written my comment… I assumed you were much older than me!

    Don’t give up! You’re only half-way through your gardening life 😉


  10. Soilman Says:

    From all the comments about my being ancient, I can only assume that in my videos I must look bloody awful for my age…

    … or that this level of bitterness and disappointment is only available to old, old men.

  11. Rachael Says:

    Yes we are only having to go away for one week this year, so not too angst-provoking. And as it’s only to Wales I can take a huge box of veg with me!

  12. altadenahiker Says:

    I checked, and you don’t look old when you’re planting asparagus.

  13. JerryC Says:


    600 mg of Ibuprofen makes the world go round…

    Years ago, I renamed the first workday of the week to Advil.

    All tomatoes and peppers interred here in Portland, Oregon!

  14. sylvan Says:

    I find going down allotment after work relaxing… especially the bit where I walk around the edge of all the other plots to unkink my back before I go home!
    but no way could i give this up
    its my sanity
    btw i’m 50

  15. sylvan Says:

    also my seedlings are runnoing late ‘cos my grow house blew away while i had a weeks hols in cornwall!