My New Playground

Thanks to a thoughtful neighbor and a very kind gentleman who is no longer planning on gardening this summer, I am the proud gardener of a plot at our local allotment. Some of you may remember my little veg patch last summer at our old place. Looking back, that gardening was training wheels for this year’s plot – boy is it big!

I got the key to the allotment this morning and the weather was gorgeous so I wasted no time getting my hands dirty. Here’s what it looked like at the beginning of the day:

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The area in the front of the picture and the raised bed on the right have already been planted with potatoes and spinach, respectively. I’m now their guardian so the pressure is on to keep them in good shape! The rest of the area, the other two raised beds and the space in the back, are all mine to play with.

As you can see, the whole area needed a little bit of sprucing up. There’s no way I could do it all in one day, so I set a goal of pulling out the weeds from the back garden bed, clearing the raised beds, and planting a few seeds in the raised beds. Four sweaty but happy hours later, I succeeded in my goal and ended with this:

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I planted chard, lettuce, spring onions, zucchini, and carrots. That line up might be a bit ambitious but I couldn’t help myself. Next week, I’ll tackle the back area and may go wild with big things like melons, pumpkins, and cucumbers. We’ll see!

Here I am at the end of the day, celebrating my labors with freshly made sun tea.

 

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Hello Summer

Welcome to June! Feels good to start a new month and kick off the summer. I’ve been busy the past few weeks with my sister in town and a few work deadlines so it wasn’t until today that I got a chance to sit down and really started to think about the next few months. Turns out, there’s a lot to look forward to!

This month my calendar is already geared up for hosting barbecues, attending horse races, and helping with baby showers for two of my dearest friends. In July, I’ll be celebrating Independence Day in the US (yay!) and watching England play Argentina in polo. And we’re still planning on booking a vacation before the summer’s out too. Don’t worry, you won’t be left out. I will be writing all about it.

To catch you up on the last few weeks, though, here are the things that made me happy each day. I bet you can guess the weather most days just by looking at my pictures. I’m so transparent.