Posts tagged ‘allotment’

August 11, 2022

No chumps here

by Jem Croucher
In the cold frame go the seeds
which I have today just sown
the frame that was just two weeks gone
with brambles overgrown

Elsewhere as day by day we toil
and clear a a little more
the plots are getting ready 
for a winter crop in store

August 10, 2022

No hose

by Jem Croucher
We've hidden the hosepipe away in the shed
as the long lack of rain has inevitably led
to a ban of the sprinkling of water for gain
pending reservoirs filling up once more with rain

August 9, 2022

From this our piece of land

by Jem Croucher
The extended lotty's taking shape
as Sal and I are there to make
the best of all the toils we take
from this our piece of land

It's looking good and we are proud
so we will shout that fact aloud
no hiding behind veil or shroud
from this our piece of land

August 7, 2022

Resident Penguin

by Jem Croucher
Buried in the undergrowth
we found a penguin hiding
brushed him off and gave him
somewhere better to reside in
thought that it must surely be
a sign for better things
as for our new allotment a
new life with him begins

August 3, 2022

A bigger space

by Jem Croucher
We've doubled our allotment
it's now twice the size it was
and though the new bit's overgrown
we don't mind much because
it's all quite superficial
bindweed covers most of it
so we will pull that up and prove
that it's a false culprit
and when we've given it a strim
and tidied things to spruce
we'll put the hidden plots to
some really worthwhile use

July 28, 2022

Allotted time

by Jem Croucher
Down on our little parcel of land
it's looking quite lovely and fine
the sweetcorn and squash are flowering now
and the lavender's gathered in time
the grass is all strimmed and weeds are at bay
and the pond is topped up to the brim
so we're both quite chuffed and the way it looks now
with everything looking quite trim

May 15, 2022

Lotty looking lovely

by Jem Croucher
The lottie's looking lovely
more like it's owned and loved
instead a patch of weed and grass
abandonment has shoved
and it didn't really take that long
we have a system there you see
as Sally does the strimming
leaving heavy stuff to me
So the lottie's looking lovely
once again our patch of land
on which we'll grow our produce
and keep it looking grand

May 14, 2022

Withy 22

by Jem Croucher

Despite the worst that winter had
with storm force winds and rain
come Spring the withy fence I built
stood proud and there remained
It's greying now and brittle from
the allotment's changing clime
but it's still something I'm proud of
and it is uniquely mine

May 6, 2022

Overgrown

by Jem Croucher
The grass on the allotment
was very long indeed
the no-dig plots were overgrown
and needed thorough weed
but after we had strimmed it
it once again took shape
so I don't thinks it will be
too long now til we make
it start to grow some produce
for our table and for more
to brighten up this place
which both Sal and I adore

November 2, 2021

The Plan (Part VII)

by Jem Croucher

No. 7 in the continuing Jemverse series ‘Allotment’

The plan came to fruition
and gave us more than we had dared
and now that it's November
I am really pleased we cared
For the produce it has yielded
from the 'no dig' plan we made
has come in its abundance
so I'm pleased with it we stayed

August 29, 2021

Glad for gladioli II

by Jem Croucher
The gladioli on our allotment
are growing very tall
and their variegated colour
looks lovely when we call

They make a pleasant change
from the vegetables we grow
and have varying success with
through the year as well you know

And today with August sunshine
so lovely did they look
which I'm pleased to say I captured
in the photograph I took

July 29, 2021

The plan (part VI)

by Jem Croucher

No. 6 in the continuing Jemverse ‘allotment’ series

For the first time I sat back
and knew that 'we'd done good'
at our allotment established
as we'd hoped that it would

And now we can harvest
the produce and fayre
of the things we have laboured
for and groom right there

And keep up the momentum
to see it prosper and grow
and keep on producing
with grandeur to show

May 27, 2021

Radishes

by Jem Croucher
Had a bumper crop of radishes
from our allotment, pleased to say
filled a big sack with them
when I picked them yesterday
They have a lovely pepper taste
and they'll make a tasty lunch
and I'm pretty sure they'll soon be gone
not certain, just a hunch

May 19, 2021

The Plan (part V)

by Jem Croucher
It won't win any fence awards
but I don't really care
as I've used up all the withy
and it looks quirky there
And it's all part of the masterplan
we've been putting into play
as we visit our allotment
down the road 'most every day

May 6, 2021

Dandelion Bouquet

by Jem Croucher
We have an evening pastime
now the 'lotty' is in full swing
a little wander down the road
to do some watering
It's cathartic and a pleasure
and with my air-pods on
I get to hear an album
on my i-phone with a song

May 1, 2021

Beginning IX

by Jem Croucher

aka ‘The Plan (Part IV)’ (9 of 12 in the Jemverse series ’12 months IV’)

A new beginning at our 'lotty'
and we're both as pleased as punch
as the planned 'no dig' solution
is paying off from just a hunch
For now we've built with withy
two climbing frames by hand
and planted all the seedlings
we have grown upon our land
And we've strimmed the grass around
so it's looking pretty neat
showing off the lavenders
which are blooming in the heat
Now lots and lots of water
we will add by hose each day
to bring the plan close to fruition
and the vegetables our way

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April 24, 2021

The Plan (Part III)

by Jem Croucher

I’ve carried the frames

one by one down the the road

as they were quite awkward

so, to lessen the load

I decided four hikes

was better than two

to get the frames there

well you would, wouldn’t you?

April 18, 2021

The Plan (Part II)

by Jem Croucher

We built some raised borders

for the allotment to grow

laid them out in the garden

where they’re ready to go

Just one minor problem

they’ll not fit in the car

but the allotment is close

and not very far

March 24, 2021

Back to the allotment

by Jem Croucher

Got back to the allotment
armed with strimmers and a plan
spare batteries in the backpack
and refreshments in a can
The grass had taken over but
we kind of guessed it would
not that this would stop us
as with strimmers there we could
remove those months of overgrowth
and flatten it once more
revealing something of the plan
for it we have in store

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July 29, 2020

The Lotty

by Jem Croucher

The Lotty’s looking wild this year
we haven’t been there much
Lockdown saw to most of that
but we’ve still kept in touch

Emily’s been there more than us
and kept it in some shape
but living several miles away
it’s quite a trip to make

So long grass meadow is the norm
with wood chip in between
coupled with a lovely pond
the best we’ve ever seen

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June 14, 2020

First Lavender III

by Jem Croucher

We’ve not been to our allotment
Covid-19’s seen to that
But Emily our daughter
has been keeping it intact
We’re seeing lots of pictures
which she takes from time to time
and I’m pleased to say as ever
that it’s looking mighty fine

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August 17, 2019

Our bit of land

by Jem Croucher

Went to the allotment
it was quite overgrown
and not too much sign
of the things we had sewn

But after a while
spurred on by the weather
it was looking quite peachy
as we worked together

Enough rhubarb there
for a crumble or three
and the last of the lavender
just waiting for me

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May 4, 2019

Cherry blossom lovely

by Jem Croucher

The cherry blossom’s in full bloom
on the allotment in the sun
as I sit here and write a while
now the strimming is all done
The grass grows quick this time of year
so I’m down here quite a bit
with spare batteries in my bag
in case the good ones quit

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April 8, 2019

Our Allotment

by Jem Croucher

On our allotment
In the sun
Shadows caught
Whilst having fun
Strimming grass
We laugh and smile
Whilst planting stuff
For quite a while
For this is ours
This little plot
Where we will plant
And grow a lot

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March 4, 2019

Allotment Day 2

by Jem Croucher

So we got our mitts all muddy
on the allotment yesterday
But the digging was successful
in every single way
For now instead of jungle
we can see the earth again
and it’s ready for the planting
in the sunshine and the rain

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March 3, 2019

Allotment Day 1

by Jem Croucher

We’ve been remiss
and months have passed
since we last came this way
So it’s not much
of a surprise
that nature’s had its say

The weeds are rife
the grass is long
the mud has all but vanished
But we are armed
with all the tools
to see that this is banished

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June 22, 2018

Digging Weeds

by Jem Croucher

Digging weeds
is hard and hot
and our allotment
has a lot
But it’s rewarding
when we see
things we’ve planted
growing free

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June 17, 2018

Of planting and weeding and watching things grow

by Jem Croucher

Went to the allotment
the sun wasn’t there
But I attacked all the weeds
that had grown everywhere
And I planted nasturtiums
and more lavender too
To add to the ones which
from seedlings I grew

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