As I said previously, I am having a break from my blog during March, but as promised I will share one of my favourite blog posts each Friday instead.
The blog post below was written in August 2012 and again these are memories that I am so glad I wrote about:
My Wildflower Patch:
When I took on allotment plot number four, I inherited two sheds. I already had a shed so I offered the larger shed to my sister, who had taken on the plot next to me and the smaller shed to one of my other allotment friends.
I was left which a patch of really poor quality, rock hard soil, that needed an awful lot of organic matter digging into it before any fruit or vegetables could possibly be grown there.
While I was deciding what to grow there, I saw a program by Sarah Raven called ‘Bees, butterflies and Blooms’. She explained how 98% of Britain’s wildflower meadows and grass lands have been lost and how the world’s bees and other pollinating insects are in crisis and without these pollinators our future food security is under threat. Her mission was to encourage farmers and village communities to help recreate a network of habitats for struggling bees, butterflies and pollinating insects.
I was blown away by the beauty of the wildflowers that she showed on her program and I wasn’t the only one to feel this way either. In fact, the designers of the 10 football fields-worth of wildflowers, at this years olympics, were influenced by Sarah Ravens TV program. Also, wildflowers sales have apparently tripled this year.
All I did to prepare for the seeds, was forked the ground, weeded and then raked, where my sheds once stood. I didn’t add any organic matter. Then at the end of May, my daughter and I sowed a few different packets of wildflower seeds, using dry sand to distribute them evenly.
I have found that Wild flowers are not only beautiful, but they are really easy to maintain, as they don’t require watering or deadheading. They attract all kinds of beneficial insects and I have found it incredibly relaxing watching all the insects come and go, in fact I think, it’s absolutely amazing. Everytime I look, I see bees, hoverflies, ladybirds etc. there is so much insect activity going on all the time.
I am so proud of my wildflower patch. I have Corncockle, corn chamomile, cornflowers, corn marigolds, corn poppies, white campion, phacelia, borage and essex broad red clover, to name a few. I will definitely be sowing more seed next year.
Our ‘Thyme’ Capsule:
In June this year, we made a family time capsule and I thought it would be good to share this with you.
We purchased an airtight & watertight plastic box and filled it with all sorts of things to show how we live.
My daughters wrote about their favourite things e.g. their friends, favourite pop groups and all about their school. They put pictures of their mobile phones, our television and some of their games. They put pictures of their bedrooms and toys and wrote about their hobbies.
My husband and I wrote about our lives and the allotment. We put pictures of our allotment neighbours and wrote about how we love it there. We also wrote all about the food that we harvest and eat from our allotment.
We all took it in turns to dig a very deep hole at the back of our plot, in a grassed area under our apple tree.
My daughter dropped the box in the hole and we covered it up again.
We wondered how we would remember exactly where it is and came up with the idea of putting a plant over it. After a few milli-seconds of thinking, it was decided that the only plant that could possibly be planted there, would be ‘Thyme’.
So here it is, waiting to be discovered in years to come, when we are long forgotten.
I wonder what will be in this spot in another hundred years time?
I hope you have enjoyed reading my blog today.