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An Allotment has come our way Two weeks down!


It’s unbelievable, I’ve just realised that we’ve had this patch of earth to till for about two weeks now. It doesn’t seem as long as that but I realised today that finally we are starting to show some progress, The blackberrys have been cut back and quite a large area has been dug over and gone through on hands and knees to remove the couch grass. Luckily it has been dry so really good progress has been made, Actually couch grass seems to be the main weed on the plot and so far it has not been too difficult to clean it up as the soil is dry and crumbly on the whole.. Apparently we can have a bonfire on the site after Oct 1st so if this good weather continues we’ll be able to get all these roots dried out and possibly burnt, I think by this weekend we’ll have cleared enough space to get some garlic planted, According to my neighbours this part of the plot has lain fallow for several years, In fact no one seems to know when it was last cultivated so I’m hoping that the fertility has built up. My immediate neighbour gave me some strawberry plants today, so we planted them . It was such a nice feeling to actually get something into the ground rather than taking it out, I must say. The digging continues and then I’ve got to seriously tackle a very large mound of what I think could well be years of composted materials and which presently isbe taking up about a fifth of the plot. Luckily some one in the past had covered a large amount of it with old carpets so all the weeds beneath this bit appear to be well and truly dead Initial investigations seem very promising and I’ve shifted several barrow loads of what seems to be excellent soil and spresd it over the plot. Lets hope !I managed to get hold of some more carpet from our local Freecyclers so this is now being put to good use, There are a few more pics with this blog which give some idea of what has still to be done and what we’ve achieved so far! Thanks again for all the good wishes!

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You can really see how much you have done now. freecycle can be really useful.

2 Oct, 2009


Good luck with your plot. You'll be picking loads of lovely fresh stuff next year :o)

3 Oct, 2009


What a lot of work you've done, you'll not look back now and can reap the rewards :-)

3 Oct, 2009

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