Allotment tales and art.
Sunday the 9th of September 2018.
The joys and sorrows of a Webb’s Whippet push mower.
For: Quiet. No smell of petrol or pollution. Good for the management of your carbon footprint. Handles well. (Good exercise in shoving one of these) A good (adjustable) cut.
Against: They need some maintenance and spares can be difficult though not impossible to get. They are also hard to find, this Whippet, a rare item, cost me £60 on eBay.
This weekend was a case in point. The chain had to be shortened as it kept rolling off the sprocket and jamming the mower, I managed to make an adjustment to the chain and mow on.
In Cool (Autumnal) Weather:
Had a good day tidying up and composting the old runner beans, de headed herbs, and borage leaves. Cut the edges of paths with hand shears and hoed some weeds. (I think the hoe is my favourite tool with the scythe and fork a close runner up)
Bringing It All Back Home:
At the moment I’m harvesting a variety of green veg: kale, cabbage, onions, pumpkin etc, even peas, not to mention potatoes, all of which means some sumptuous healthy organic vegan meals.
You should be prepared for the time spent in washing, storing, refrigerating and freezing your vegetables. Be prepared also for creepy crawlies on leaves. They are easy to wash off and a natural aspect of growing. I would fear more for those bright coloured, perfectly shaped, unblemished veg in the supermarkets grown with chemical fertilisers and additives, and devoid of all taste.
I find it odd how the mice ate many of my broad beans earlier this year but so far have left the peas alone. I wait with baited breath, growing organic food has its disappointments.
I had to coat myself in insect repellant on arrival for the insect bites can be very troublesome around this time of year. Not too many wasps around today which was good. I find it difficult to keep still and wait for them to lose interest. Has the fact that I have a purpose built insect hotel on site added to my problem of insect bites? Probably, but a little sacrifice to support collapsing insect species world wide is a small price to pay.