Friday 5th Feb
It’s been a hard week this week, I think I did too much early on and have been feeling aches and pains of over used mussels. To be honest I didn’t really feel like going to a neglected plot to try and battle more couch grass into submission. It was one of those damp grey mornings where it’s easy to stay inside with a cup of tea and bemoan a never-ending winter but I had a commitment to go and so I went.
I am so glad I did. When I reached the plot, I found Anne busily cutting back long grass and uncovering more pathways around the beds, and our allotment neighbour Mike working away on his plot. I slowly started to clear the weeds from under the big buddleia and found a few aquilegias that I transplanted to the cleaner ground I’d dug previously under the watchful eye of a bold robin. I also spent some time digging up and cleaning the roots of some chives, picking the garlicky smelling bulbs out of tangled couch roots and re planting them as I went. We should have a nice boarder of edible purple flowers to sprinkle into salads in a few months’ time.
I left the plot feeling much better than when I started today. I know the benefits of being outdoors and gardening have been well documented but I am always amazed when I have a day like this and how a few hours pottering around can completely change my outlook for the better. Its starting to feel like we are part of a community. Everyone we’ve met so far has been really encouraging. Offering hints and tips, telling us a little about our new plot, how they tackled a problem we are facing, where is a good place to find things we might need or just giving us a wave and a smile while we work away on the other side of the fence.
Greening Stoke is a project run in partnership between Festival Stoke and Letting in the Light. We are based in Stoke-on-Trent.
We are started this adventure in January 2021 in the middle of a national lockdown. Gradually, as things begin to open up, close down and then open up again, Rachel and Anne abided by all the Covid-19 Government guidance, worked in a socially distanced way, to prepare and maintain Plot 33 so that they were eventually able to invite the community to work with them.
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