It may be freezing outside but when the sun is streaming through the window, the sky is blue and the birds are singing how could you not want to go for a walk? With a slip and slide in my step I naturally found myself at the allotment gate. Wrestling with the frozen padlock I smiled to see I was the first visitor of 2010. And then I realised why: the padlock was frozen and the new Fortnocks style fencing erected since my last December visit made it impossible to break in. Fortunately the same big freeze keeping me out was keeping sane people indoors so after a failed attempt with some borrowed WD40 and a knock at a fellow allotment holder’s door I made it plotside through his garden which backs on to the allotment site.
This is the first year I’ve been to the allotment in January and the first time I’ve had anything growing over winter. The brussell sprouts were nicely preserved under a blanket of snow and the kale is now perfectly white fly free.