No chumps here

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

And yes, it's quite hard going
but we're doing it in chunks
so we don't get too knackered 
and end up looking chumps

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Photo – Jempics

No hose

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

So the watering can will now be our friend
until that is this sunshine sees end
but we're absolutely not wishing this summer away
as it's great to see sunshine so bright every day

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Photo – Jempics

From this our piece of land

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

And by and by when comes the rain
we'll plant some crops and then again
see produce to our table lain
from this our piece of land

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Photo – Jempics

Resident Penguin

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

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Photo – Jempics

A bigger space

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

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Photo – Jempics

Allotted time

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

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Photo – Jempics

Lotty looking lovely

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

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Photo – Jempics

Withy 22

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

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Photo – Jempics

Overgrown

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

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Photo – Jempics

The Plan (Part VII)

No.7 in the continuing ‘Allotment’ series from Jemverse

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

But now it's time for bed-byes
as the winter time is come
so for us and our allotment now
the growing time is done
'No dig' through means that we
little preparation need to do
to get things ready for next year
when starts a season new

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Photo – Jempics

‘The Plan (part VII)’ is part of a continuing Jemverse series charting the rejuvenation of our Ham Field, Shoreham allotment in 2021 and beyond. For previous outings see ‘Back to the Allotment‘, ‘The Plan (Part II)‘, ‘The Plan (part III)‘, ‘Beginning IX (aka ‘The Plan (part IV))‘,  ‘The Plan (part V)‘ and ‘The plan (part VI)‘.

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