To everything there is a season and this time of year it's sowing, planting out and more sowing. The time to reap will come.
So much for my promise to myself of a little and often but at least I've not been digging, much.
Here's what's gone in on the allotment, the garden and the Friary border over last week:
A seedbed row of Kale, Nero di Toscana, Leek, Musselburgh and St Victor, Radish French Breakfast, Cabbage January King, Red Cabbage Marner Lagerrot, Brussels Sprouts Seven Hills and Red Bull, Parsley Italian Flat Leaf and Parsnip Tender & True and Hollow Crown. Celeriac sown in plugs.
More rows of Pea Norli and Alderman direct sown in the ground.
And another 5 metres or so of the Friary south border has been cleared and a second Photinia planted. Getting the right plants for the dry, poor soil conditions will be key and we are raiding Beth Chatto's Gravel Garden and Nicola Ferguson's Right Plant, Right Place (North American readers may know it by its previous title Ferguson's Garden Plant Directory) for ideas.