Friday 3 January 2014

Smile it's The Weekend

Badger Boo loves coming to the allotment with me, usually he likes to help with the digging, but as it was a bit chilly yesterday he opted to take a supervisory roll, watching me from the comfort of his cushion in the shed.
I recently decided to hand back the rear half of our allotment as it's just too big for me to manage on my own as Himself can't do any of the heavy work at the moment.
Last year I covered the rear to stop the weeds growing and to save me having to mow it in the summer, as I'm handing it back I had to get it uncovered ready for the next person to take over. The back half is in a lot better condition than when we took it over as you can see here.
The tarpaulins look so untidy to my tidy mind, but in the long run they will make life so much easier when it comes to digging again.

I've left one of the beds uncovered as it has the Rhubarb and some Leeks in it, plus last year it was turned over many times and the Couch Grass was sort of under control by the end of the Summer.

Now it's time for my favourite part, planning what to grow this year and setting out the plans for some new raised beds, I already have the materials just didn't have the time to sort them out last year.
I'm also thinking of planting a Pear and Cherry tree to compliment the existing Apple tree which bore so much fruit last year I've not had to buy any apples and still have plenty in my shed at home.
Originally there were plans to have a meadow area at the back to attract bees and insects, I'm hoping to still have an area to do this but not sure how it will fit in now on a smaller plot.
I had so many plans for the allotment last year, and hope to get them all in place this year and turn it into a beautiful and tranquil place that supports us with yummy organic vegetables.
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  1. I am impressed that you grow your own organic fruits and vegetables. That is a lot of work. I had my own garden for years, but at my age it is too much for me and in our current home there really isn't a place for it. You speak of an allotment ... where do you get the allotment and do you have to pay for it? Our park districk has some areas for people to grow a garden ... I think you just have to sign up for it. There is limited space though so I don't think evryone can get one. There is probably a waiting list. More power to you Dawn, you are ambitious and I will look forward to following your gardening through the summer ...

    Andrea @ From The Sol

  2. Allotments take time to grow, and we grow along with them. BB is a wise dog x.

  3. Oh, it sounds heavenly! lots of work..... but so worth it!


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