Bitterly Cold, Dahlias and Shed Trouble

As I walked down the central path to my allotment garden I started wondering what the hell I was doing here. The cold air penetrated through my coat and jumper, wrapping itself around my body, gripping hard as it did.

Opening the shed door and the key snapped off, what a great start. I managed to get into the shed and put the kettle on. Plenty of water and milk available, at least something was going right.

The plan was to create a protective box using polystyrene sheets that I had collected before Christmas via a local facebook exchange group. But this harsh wind blowing across the plot was telling me to pack up and go straight home.

I placed a sheet of quite thick polystyrene sheet under the mushroom container box with the dahlias inside it. Other sheets I lent up against the sides and put a few on top. This is only a temporary measure until I can build and glue a box together with a sheet of glass for the lid. I must try and keep the frost off the dahlia tubers otherwise they will be no good later in the year.


Even inside my blue shed it can become frosty so I’m hoping that I’ve done enough to keep off the forecasted -1*c which is due to arrive later in the week.

I managed to find a spare lock and so finished my cup of tea, closed and locked the shed door then headed home to sit by the fire all evening and keep warm. It’s at times like these that I long for the warmer days of Spring to arrive sooner, than later.

Sean James Cameron
Sean James Cameron


  1. Tuesday 29 December 2020 / 6:01 pm

    Fish boxes, or food delivery boxes with a sheet of glass over, work a treat for seed starting .

    • Tuesday 29 December 2020 / 6:10 pm

      Yes I’ve managed to get some wonderful boxes from the local pet shop. Dog food arrives in them but sadly I gave them away last year. Will have to revisit the pet shop later in the week. Thanks for reminding me.

  2. Stephen Doerk
    Tuesday 29 December 2020 / 6:09 pm

    We’ve had daily hard frosts for the last few days ourselves. Seems to warm up some by afternoon so that helps. Getting my fireplace fixed and a wood stove insert done mid January so I am a bit jealous at the moment. Dad always had fires going so I am beyond impatient.

    • Tuesday 29 December 2020 / 6:11 pm

      I usually love winter but this year I just want Spring to arrive.

  3. Anna Eborall
    Wednesday 30 December 2020 / 5:15 pm

    My dahlias have old compost over them so hope they will be ok. Have been down the greenhouse today covering the geraniums and autumn cuttings in fleece. Had enough of the rain and now cold, just want to get on with preparing the allotment for spring.

  4. Indira Rimkeit
    Saturday 2 January 2021 / 12:49 am

    We’ve had some rain here in northern California, and some freezing nights. We’re tearing down our old vege beds to make more of them for this growing season. We don’t have many over wintering plants this year because of moving the growing areas. We did get a bird seeded Rudbekia near our front gate with huge yellow flowers for Christmas.

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