Plotting and Planning
I realise I’m not planning on feeding the world nor am I plotting an invaison of a country, but all the same it’s nice to plan and plot a wee while. It’s part of the dreaming that goes on in a gardeners mind as they dig and clear and then sow and plant. What space do I have this year? What do I HAVE to grow again? What do I fancy that’s NEW to me? I really must use THOSE seeds up. etc, etc, etc.
So I usually scribble a VERY rough drawing on a scrappy bit of paper that ends up tea splattered, soil marked and generally dog-eared. A few lines here, an abbreviation or two there and usually some crossings out as I remember that I planted X there last year, so I need to plant Y in it’s place this year. You get the drift?
But seeing as I have a blog this year I thought it about time I smartened my appearance up. So I got out a RULER, yes I drew straight lines for you dear reader, then I jotted things down in pencil, hummed and aahhed, and rubbed out and shuffled this and that along, wrote a list of veggies I’m growing and then like a game I tried to puzzle the pieces together. Well you can’t plant the beans next the the onions you know they’ll only sulk, where should the winter squash go this year, but if I put them over there what about shelter? And on the thoughts go and around a few more times, and EVENTUALLY I have some sort of workable pencil plan.
Next I get a drawing pen out and start filling in the gaps, all SMART and PROPER. I try and do NEAT and LEGIBLE handwriting, I need to emphasise the word TRY. I stand back and consider my paper dreams, I realise I am far from being an Illustrator, but I scan my paper wishes and upload them to WordPress. I wonder if uploading them to WordPress is the equivalent of sending your Wish List to Father Christmas, maybe Santa’s Elves will get busy and my wishes will be delivered by a Red Nosed Reindeer …..
In the meantime I go to the allotment to carry on clearing and weeding, all the time I have my Brown Pen drawings in mind, I clear some garden debris for compost and voila, I realise it would make the perfect spot for peas or beans. Uh oh, back to the DRAWING BOARD.
You see the plots and plans are FLEXIBLE. They need to be. Maybe there will be a late frost, perhaps a batch of greens or salads will get decimated by a Platoon of slugs, or maybe I’ll forget to sow something or other (it usually happens – last year it was parsnips). The plans don’t even include the possible extras of lentils, chick peas and soya beans, let alone a potential watermelon or two. I could triple the size of my greenhouse and still overfill it.
So let’s call it a Flexible Plan for the Plot
Or maybe it should be called a Movable Feast