Allotment at Home: almost there!
Friday 11th May 2018
There has been so much progress! I have to say that since the muddy, freezing days of January and February when the turf was lifted but there was nothing in situ
, the state of play now is just great. Back then I was despondent and regretted ever starting this project but now I am sure I have done the right thing.
Last night, I picked all the ingredients, here in the garden, for this salad:
The first part of the project is 100% complete. All the beds are up, the gravel is down and each bed has been planted up. Honestly – as I suspected – the furthest two beds beneath the rowan tree are far too shady so what I plant in there will need a lot of careful management, but otherwise, it is all good.
Here are some images of the progress here:
The second area is 75% there. The beds are all in place, but now I have to fill them all (three are filled) and then lay the lining and the gravel.
The third area is the old veg garden – and this is clear, and ready for a modified brassica cage from the old allotment to go up this Sunday. The plants are almost ready to go in, so just in time.
I had not been to the old allotment for weeks – so when I did go last weekend, it was a bit of a sorry state. But then, I saw that a lot of plots were in even worse states with weeds and long grass and I assume their owners had been down there! Anyway, it’s all tidy now and I have removed almost all the stuff I want – mainly the raised beds, the canes, some tyres and tools. There are 1.5 beds to come back still – but this, though physically hard, is not at all slow or difficult. And the cage. I will keep the plot tidy until I finally give notice.
Taking the old allotment down:
When I went down, I thought I would feel sad – but in fact it just vindicated my decision. It is not a place of quiet solitude now – and also there are still no ‘facilities’ so it feels like hard labour compared to having a cuppa and a loo handy, here, in between work. There, you just end up racing round to get it done before you need a drink or a wee!