New year, new leaf

by Jane Moore

...I approach new year with the firm belief that I will treat my body like a temple, drink plenty of water...religiously eat my five portions of fruit and veg every day and get super-fit.

Hoeing weedsI always have the best of intentions post-Christmas. After the blow-out session that is the traditional festive season, I approach new year with the firm belief that I will treat my body like a temple, drink plenty of water and only touch wine on special occasions, religiously eat my five portions of fruit and veg every day and get super-fit. And the allotment fits in very nicely with the last two of those.

Trouble is that in conjunction with the month of January there usually comes a settled - never-ending you could say - period of rain, cold and cheerless, sunless days. My fervent enthusiasm after the excesses of Christmas usually fades as quickly as any glimpse of sunshine; the allotment lies abandoned until the first glimmers of spring in March. Not this time though! I'm determined to forge ahead this winter and have planned a couple of projects to get my teeth into, including building another compost heap and painting the shed. Not only have I convinced myself that these projects will be completed before February is out, but I've also got Paul and Lizzy all fired up too.

But - and this is a big but - I'm well aware that these projects and lofty ambitions have been conceived over Christmas, sitting about satisfyingly stuffed with food and wine, warm and cosy at home. The cold reality of the biting, bleak days to come may make them become something that can wait a while!

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Gardeners' World Web User 04/01/2007 at 00:00

Just moved into a new house. Totally bare garden, but soon to be a veg plot, currently under 3-4 inches of snow. Can't wait until weather improves and days lengthen.

Gardeners' World Web User 06/01/2007 at 00:00

hi, i have been very lucky that the weather has been lovely today. i was able to go out into the garden while my partner took on our household chores. our youngest , aged 3, and i dug and tidied up and put plants in that have long looked neglected and unloved. after about three hours we came in, muddy, cold and dirty but much happier. our garden is much more rewarding than dusting, hoovering, ironing. we cant wait to get out again! happy new year to all x

Gardeners' World Web User 30/12/2007 at 10:42

I'd like a few ideas of easy veg to grow on a small plot, a mix of greens, peas, beans, hanging toms, salad onions, and the like, thanxs.

Gardeners' World Web User 30/12/2007 at 17:04

I too have promised myself a healthy New Year so I started today by gardening all morning to try and tidy up the little patch I have. I then spent the afternoon topping up my Gardeners World scrap book, and my calendar with To Do things for my garden through the New Year. Following that I have also signed up for the Designing with Plants course. Phew, that was an enthusiastic start for 2008!!!

I am now sitting with a glass of dry white wine by my side - well, you have to take enthusiasm slowly at times don't you?????

Gardeners' World Web User 01/01/2008 at 13:23

Hi I'm trying to grow veg for my lizard. I was told to grow collard greens and mustard greens, also turnip greens were mentioned. Can you please clarify what theses are, as i have had mixed reports and replies to postings. Thanks

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