I got there to find I had made all preparations, putting short battens across the row to hold the planks off the ground but forgotten place the planks on top! Before moving the planks into position I watered them of course.
While down at the plot I realised I had also forgotten to protect them, and my newly planted cauliflowers, from slug attack. A few slug pellets spread around each did this for me. Two or three pellets for each plant and a dozen or so scattered along the row is quite sufficient. Too many people scatter too many pellets and risk other animals consuming them and getting poisoned. If you use too many it costs you!
While at the plot I wanted to sow some parsnips. I put in a couple of rows spacing clusters of 4/5 seeds at six inch intervals but had no radish seeds to mark the seeds. Hopefully I can tell the seedlings from the weeds!
Then I did something I will regret! I sowed a row of spinach next to the parsnips. Not that they will interfere but I was trying to concentrate all the long-standing crops at this end of the patch to ease planting and sowing next season. The spinach will come out in August or September and leave a gap that I will not be able to dig over for winter as there will be crops close by on both sides. I will need to find a solution!
After adding the contents of my neighbours' green waste bins to my compost bin, I took home a bunch of lettuce thinnings given me by a very kind neighbouring allotmenteer. Made my lunch just a bit more special!