Mr Don. Mr Slater.
Hello. I know it’s not quite Friday yet. Sorry. I felt I had to let you boys know how we’ve been getting on: to me you’re such a big part of our Allotment Journey.
We’ve got the compost bays sorted, Monty. I’m not sure the green to brown ratio is quite ideal in the starter bay, but it’s the best we’ve been able to manage. I’m not sure if we should be covering the bays? I was thinking that if we did, we could just sneak a few bags of free council compost onto the plot one day and when we then opened a bay mid-morning on a sunny Saturday, pass it off as our own. You didn’t mention anything like this on the show, but I think some of the viewers might find it to be a very useful idea.
I’ve also taken a few cuttings of the herbs — the parent plants are wildly overgrown and I think we’ll dig some of them out, so we could do with a few new plants to get things going again. Thanks for all your tips Monty. I followed your method exactly. Well, I didn’t have any grit; so I didn’t use that. And that I didn’t use quite the same mix of soil as you. And I did use rooting powder which I know you don’t. I even used a round pot rather than a square pot, but it apart from those few things, anyone watching me at work on the plot would have thought they were watching Gardener’s World.
I think the cuttings are still alive. I’m keeping my fingers crossed. And as you advised so very kindly, I wont take it personally if it doesn’t work. Unless the dead cuttings fall down in a pattern that reads “you did things very, very wrong”, I guess.
And Nigel: things are going well on the cooking front. We obviously haven’t had too big a harvest ourselves because of when we took over the plot, but we’ve had some things and all the plot neighbours have given us bits. We’ve mostly kept the cooking traditional with crumbles and stir frys. I hope that’s ok. For now. I know you’d probably be doing some kind of Sweetcorn Pavlova, using up 12 egg whites you happened to have as leftovers from a Kale Creme Patisserie, but I think we’ll work our way up to that.
Anyway, that’s me. See you soon boys.