Monthly Archives: November 2009

Allotment Plot

The plot thickens. A uniform is most sort after for the Community Gardener and will be under construction sometime soon…..

Herbs were planted at the Allotment Plot at MERL; sage, garlic chives, mint, roots scavenged from the somewhat altered Herb Garden at the Fine Art Department.


Digital images were taken of peas, broad beans, onions, garlic, and spinach pushing through the soil as the plot thickens. The weather is most Autumnal, Winter is approaching, it is close to December. Much rain and wind, now frost perhaps on its way, what will happen to the peas? They are not clothed in horticultural fleece, how long will they survive without protection?

Still no slugs in sight, this pleases the Community Gardener.

BroadbeanBeans and Peas

Guerrilla Gardening

Yesterday I went Guerrilla Gardening. The location was at the end of Cumberland Road just below School Terrace in Reading. The project was to weed a big neglected concrete tub, then to plant bulbs and other garden vegetation in it. Whilst I worked on the tub, various people spoke to me, most of them thanked me for what I was doing, a couple of kids ask me whether what I was doing was legal and I told them that I was the “Community Gardener”, (I think I should get a jacket of some sort with that name/ title printed on it). The soil was pretty good, I may take some extra peatfree compost down there at some point. I planted a selection of bulbs, including daffodils, tulips, and irises. I may add some other plants in the next week or so for more immediate interest.


GarlicThere has been rain over the last few days and some sunshine. The soil at the allotment has softened with the moisture. Today I planted two rows of garlic, each clove approximately 15-20cms apart. I used two types of garlic. The first type was Thermidrome,  one bulb that contained 14 cloves and the other type was Sprint, at one and a half bulbs, which was a total of 15 cloves. I covered the vegetable organisms with the soil. The garlic should be ready to harvest next summer.

Garlic Planting

Garlic Planting Rows

Working the Surface

Brown earth as canvas/paper, framed edged by green grass, crouching, bending, intent figure, drawing tools, fork, trowel, bulb planter, scratching, digging into earth surface, measuring and judging distances, carving space, planting seed action, scraping, covering, flattening earth disturbance, worm casts, avoiding worm harm, leaving seeds in ground, walking away, later watching magpies from the window bouncing around the garden, knowing cannot prevent seed consumption….

Earth and Seeds