Ready for anything

full plotStunning, outrageous weather. Never seen anything like it in March… quite remarkable.

Have got in my early potatoes and onion sets. Spuds and onions are probably my two most valuable crops; we’re almost self-sufficient in both, year round.

It all looks wonderful, and yet I’m afraid this is not down to the efforts of yours truly. Yes, dear reader, I fear I have a shameful confession: I paid a guy to dig my plot.

I’ve done this before, and I’m not proud. It’s a disgustingly bourgeois thing to do.

But hey, it makes the difference between having a plot and not having one. I simply don’t have the time, any more, for the winter digging. So there it is.

Who am I kidding? I don’t give the tiniest shit. You do what you gotta do.

9 Responses to “Ready for anything”

  1. Kathy Says:

    Looks great! How much do you have to pay to have an entire plot dug over? Was it by hand or rotavated?

  2. Soilman Says:

    Done by hand, Kathy. And all for £120. Pretty fair, I thought. Many will execrate me for having more money than sense. They may have a point.

    I prefer to say that – at the moment – I have more money than time.

  3. Scott at RealEpicurean Says:

    That’s cheating! Well, I say that, but…we only got our allotment and it was all freshly dug over and clean as a daisy at that time.

  4. Kath Says:

    Good for you! I, scarily, hit 60 this year and find my knees don’t bend as well as they did. I just wish we could find folks here (USA) that understand gardening.

  5. Carrie Says:

    So clever 😉 You ought not to have said and we would all be marvelling at you and feeling inferior.

  6. Soilman Says:

    Considered it, Carrie. Unfortunately, one of this blog’s mission objectives is ‘ruthless honesty’. So….

  7. Coral Says:

    I will totally be doing the same thing! Getting an allotment again soon and this time I will be paying someone to help get me started.

    I think people assume you are growing stuff to save money. I just like it.

  8. Soilman Says:

    Allotmenteering doesn’t save money, Coral, that’s for sure. As I’ve remarked before, most crops I grow are far, far more expensive that their equivalent in the shops.

    What you can’t buy, though, is freshness, taste and an absolute certainty about where and how something has been grown. And that’s priceless.

  9. altadenahiker Says:

    Priceless? Maybe. Really expensive? Absolutely. And every year I say I’m not going to do it again. And every year I do it again.