|5min walk from my home|
|5 min walk from my home|
And this was from the second high tide, we had worse in January! So you can imagine what I was thinking when I finally got the combination of time off + nice weather and was able to get to the allotment. I decided that I would accept whatever happened and just fix one thing at a time.
I was pleasantly surprised to see that my fence (I put that up myself, made from my mate's old shed & a lot of sledgehammer work!) survived quite well. One panel down (now held up with the help of net curtain wire!) and one panel on a bit of a lean (now supported by a tyre).
Apart from that, we did quite well, so I could get on with just weeding! This is the Three Sisters bed, which I think I'll keep as that. I've decided that as there are 3 different crops working together, crop rotation doesn't really make sense.
|after, with compost|
I also got a nice surprise of goodies growing and ready to take away. The potatoes (you won't be surprised to hear) were all taken from a bed that didn't have potatoes planted in last year! If you're interested in the apple tree, I got it at our local farmer's market, but here's the website. I very proudly dug out a 3 litre bottle's worth of mares tail roots (hahaha, prehistoric monster.....take that!)
|garlic & onions growing|
|Manx Codlin tree|
As usual, wildlife just rushes up to greet me, or in one case, I got chased to the car by a herd of chickens & a cockerel shouting at me!
I've got a bit of work to do, but most of the beds are covered up, the wind has had a field-day with the bottles I hadn't managed to tie to the tree out the back and there's a bit of pruning of fruit trees to do. I'd forgotten how happy I am at the allotment, so I'm looking forward to it!
|Main plot, back section|
|Main plot, front section|
|Second plot, from the back|
|Second plot, from the front|
And here's some rubbish - one's a pile of compost (doing quite well) and the other what survived from a 2012 Christmas present (obviously a gardeners glove, not allotmenteer!)
|Happier than a pig in poo!|