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April 4, 2012


Working an allotment the FlyLady way is totally the right thing for us to do. It’s a bit like the “half-hour allotment” approach (do half an hour every day, 5 days a week) only we can’t go every day due to – you know – life. But breaking the jobs up into ten and fifteen minute segments makes it all seem much more manageable, and we are making great progress.

Even my diggaphobic allotment buddy admitted to “quite enjoying” digging the potato patch. 😀

And in order to make more frequent visits possible, we have also invented the FlashDig (TM). We go there, dragging as few moaning children as we can get away with, and dig for 15 minutes, then leave. We’ve done two now, and have another flashdig planned for tomorrow which should see off the last bit of the potato patch (first picture above).

In fact, we break it up into two shorter segments of 7.5 minutes and take a 2 minute break in between. And, in reality, each 7.5 minute segment gets extended by a short while to “finish the bit I’m on”, and there’s always a tiny job or two that ends up getting done before or afterwards, or at half time, “while we’re here” – like harvesting a bit of rhubarb, pulling up some green stuff to fill a bag for the chooks, emptying a bag of poo onto the proto-squash-patch (third picture above), or something like that.

So – since the last allotment update, we’ve nearly finished digging the potato patch, dug over and planted peas in a little patch for Miss Fly (second picture above – the pea-sticks are, of course, from last year’s Jerusalem artichokes), and progressed the winter squash patch. We’ve also done a fair bit of general weeding on the patches that are already planted – mostly the onion and garlic beds. The moaning children are, it turns out, not too bad at weeding. 🙂

For those who don’t believe they can see much in the way of “progress” on the squash patch, I say: (1) you should have seen it when we started; and (2) just you wait.

We have a clinically proven recipe for success with squash, and it doesn’t involve any digging or even much if any weeding. We’re spreading fertiliser on the ground (chicken poo donated last year and ripening in black sacks every since), and will then cover it with weed matting. Squash will get planted through holes in the matting and then we just stand back and wait. With any half-way decent weather, bounty will surely ensue.

Trust me, I’ve seen the magic for myself – this works.

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