Is anyone else in a strange state of excitement and panic at the same time? Whilst it may be cold and miserable outside, Spring really is just around the corner now and thats great, but I still have so much to do first!Longer days will soon be here and boy do I need it! Not only to have more time on the allotment but because sunlight, like many gardeners, is my medicine! I even saw a blue fuzz of daylight in the distance when I left work yesterday so it won’t be long now until I can potter about the allotment after work for an hour or so.
I have a long list of jobs to complete before Spring and it’s been getting to me a little bit. Now that I’ve written them down and categorised them by urgency, I’m already feeling a little less overwhelmed.
- Finish pruning the hedges
- Prune the dwarf apple tree ✅
- Re-felt the shed roof ✅
- Sow chillies and peppers ✅
- Plant spring bulbs (bought on sale) ✅
- Draw an allotment plan
- Order seeds ✅
Can wait a week or two
- Remove hedge and tree clippings
- Tidy the shed
- Pot up strawberry runners
- Clear area for new cut flower planter
- Build leg (A-frames??) for polytunnel table
Can wait a month
- Weed the strawberry patch
- Wash the polytunnel
- Dig and clear ground for new woodland plant bed
- Dig and woodchip paths
I should do, but probably won’t happen
- Sharpen tools
- Clean plant pots and trays
That’s just it for my winter jobs! I have so many big projects lined up for the year some of which are tackling overgrown areas that haven’t even been cultivated yet. I really hope I can stay on top of everything to get at least some of them done. The biggest part of that for me is to not feel overwhelmed and when you’re managing a 300m2 on your own, it’s pretty tough going!
How are you getting on with your winter jobs?