Allotments under Snow


Today we braved the snow and floods up at our allotment site and went for a walk around to look at what turned out to be a very different world to the one we usually see. The pictures illustrate just how long it may be before we can get any gardening done up there. We still have root crops in the ground – in December it was too wet to get on the soil and now it is all under the white stuff.

Here is the actual green bench that inspires the name of my blog.


The scarecrows remain on duty whatever the weather and shrug off the snow and ice.



Wheelbarrows wait patiently.

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The plots have a forlorn look but beneath the ice and snow the soil is waiting – waiting for a little more light, more heat from the sun and plenty of evaporation to lessen the moisture content.

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The Winter Garden is full of interest.

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The contractors preparing our site extension in the adjoining field were toiling away in the snow, ice and waterlogged soil. They are putting in drainage and clearing out an old pond to create a wildlife pond for us all to enjoy. The ground they overturn presented birds with a rich feeding ground. Blackbirds, Redwings, Fieldfares, Jays, and Thrushes both Song and Thrush revelled in a fresh supply of worms and ground creatures.


About greenbenchramblings

A retired primary school head teacher, I now spend much of my time gardening in our quarter acre plot in rural Shropshire south of Shrewsbury. I share my garden with Jude my wife a newly retired teacher , eight assorted chickens and a plethora of wildlife. Jude does all the heavy work as I have a damaged spine and right leg. We also garden on an allotment nearby. We are interested in all things related to gardens, green issues and wildlife.
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11 Responses to Allotments under Snow

  1. pbmgarden says:

    Nice pictures. Spring will be welcome when it shows up. Is this unusual to have lots of snow?

  2. Now this looks like my garden! Except, I don’t have a scarcrow, but maybe I need one because it looks like a sentry guarding the allotment. 🙂

  3. Christy says:

    I see a little bit of new growth on one of those bushes! I love the hat on your scarecrow. I think I’ll make a scarecrow for our vege garden….they are so cute!

  4. Val says:

    Great pics, love the red coming through in the winter garden!

  5. dianajhale says:

    Wonderful – turns it all into abstract compositions! I didn’t realize there was more snow – we haven’t got it here.

  6. Beautiful black and white with bits of colour – love these snowy photos. My favourite is all the wheelbarrows! 🙂

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