I left home with 3 bags of strawberry plants, all Elsanta I hope. The first bag I dropped off with my son in Somerford and the second finished up on a table near the Trading Hut with a label to 'Help Yourself'. The third contained those I had selected and tidied up ready for planting. I had selected about 18 but probably would want only 12.
Having done the routine emptying of the kitchen waste bin into the compost bin, I set about planting them through the landscape fabric covering the bed. I soon discovered I had only cut the central row of slits and need to space the two side rows between each central station. I had also forgotten to scatter slug bait under the fabric so as I cut each cross I was able to insert my hand and spread the pellets before planting. Placing a board across the frame of the bed to stand on made things much easier.
I had forgotten to bring down the new strawberry plants I had grown on at home so I left a row of three holes for the alpine (perpetual) strawberries before planting the dozen Elsanta I had planned. The rest of the bed can be filled with the 'Strawberries and Cream' variety I had obtained earlier this year as a special offer.
What with stopping for coffee and cake at the Cabin and chatting to other Plotters, there was not much time left so I started harvesting some Rainbow chard. I then saw that the carrots still needed lifting. They went in far too late so are very small and too riddled with carrot fly to use so I just pulled them out while thinning the Swiss Chard in the next row and weeding them and the Milk on the other side. I used a couple of pallet boards to kneel on, sliding them forward like skis between the rows. It worked well and I shall try using that technique again in the future. Nevertheless I only managed
another few feet before it started raining so I gave up and went home with my harvest via my son's house where he was happy to take the last of my selected Elsanta plants.
On the way out I put up the Working Party notice for the next Sunday under the noticeboard by the gate.