Bank holiday box full of peas, parsnips and sunflowers

Today is bank holiday Monday and I have a spare couple of hours during the day to plant my peas (which my mum gave me grown from seed), my parsnips which I bought from the garden centre as seedlings and my sunflowers which I grew from last year’s seeds.

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So far I’ve planted the parsnips in a small area next to the grassy patch in the middle of the plot, and I’ve planted my sunflowers in the same sort of area that they were in last year — at the end of the allotment so that they don’t overshadow the rest of the plants when they grow 10 feet tall.

Just as I was about to put the peas in the ground, the rain arrived, so I sheltered in a shed at the far end of the allotment until the worst of it passed. As I was sat in there quietly, a blackbird had the same idea and joined me out of the rain — for about 30 seconds — until it had finished off a worm.

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The time was 2pm in the afternoon when I sheltered in the shed with the blackbird, so the forecast was quite accurate today.

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The peas only took half an hour to put in the ground in the end.  But then the rain started again so I retreated back into the shed to wait it out. Just as I was waiting for the rain to stop I looked out to see a big fat pigeon flying down and landing right near my peas. It had been hovering around all afternoon and I had seen it on other people’s plots earlier.

I will go to the garden centre this afternoon and get some netting just to put it off.Only 2 hours at the allotment today. I arrived just after midday and left at 14:30, just before the heavens opened up. Fairly easy going.

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