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My allotment challange came to an end when i broke my foot followed by a broken wrist. Digging days were over for several months but now i am on the road to recovery and eager to get the garden planted again. My neighbour has now moved his chickens and i have the whole allotment its huge but never one to shy away from a challange its time to get stuck in. First thing is to get the path straight and level, with an son who nedds to have things perfect this took some time but well worth the effort. A path fit to land an aeroplane on was a comment from a neighbourinh allotmenteer! Then the back breaking effort of moving yet more soil to get the land as level as possible. The generousity of fellow gardeners is amazing as i am given a shed for storage a a pile of paving slabs that i plan to lay between the raised beds to reduce weeding. Aff
After a couple of days graft my joints are sore and my back aches but i can see my garden gradually taking shape well one half anywY!

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Creating the vision

Plans are quickly forming in our heads as to how this allotment will look when its finished but, as we continue to dig the heavy,  nettle ridden soil, this vision seems a long way from reality.  It’s my turn to dig but as I take a minute from this back breaking work I lean on my spade and dream of  our vision of the blue potting shed, with space to make a cup of tea, a small veranda bordered by dahlias, sweet peas, and cornflowers.  To the right a well stocked herb bed  full of parsley, chives, marjoram, thyme and sage to name a few. with a path leading to raised beds stocked with a steady supply of salad stuff to be picked fresh each day the path leading further down the garden to rows of onions, potatoes, beetroot and carrots.

But, as I stand amongst the thistles and survey the uneven weed covered mound on an allotment that hasn’t been dug for eleven years I realise that to achieve this will take a lot more hours of clearing, digging raking. And then because it is at least two foot higher at one end with  a “duck pond” in the middle we will have to get it level and sort out a drainage system. 

This garden was the dumping ground for it’s neighbours and as we dig we are finding an array of rubbish that has been hidden away for years, bricks, metal, plastic bags, glass and even pieces of asbestos are gradually seeing the light of day.  We pile these to the side of the garden not really sure what to do with them.

As with any allotment the neighbours express a keen interest in what you’re doing, offering helpful comments “you’ve got a lot o’ work on there”,  “there’s allsorts buried under that mound of soil”,   ” you need a jcb to move that”.  I smile and always up for a challenge once again pick up my spade and dig, all the while thinking blue shed, cup of tea sweet peas and dahlias.

 

Bit of a boring post but more digging being done! Slow hard graft.

First day

This was the first day at the new allotment, its only half but with the state of it, its enough! Hoping to just get the ground cleared first, a task in itself!