Shed Update, Cold Frame Construction, and Other News from the Plot

It's been a busy week on the plot as shed work continues. I've painted the inside walls to protect the pallet wood. We've used four 5 litre cans of Cuprinol wood stain so far (in shade Silver Copse). Rob helped paint the ceiling as finishing it meant he could start laying the floor. I'll need …

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2018 – Allotment Aspirations

Since we have only had our plot since March last year we are still trying to find our feet. Our philosophy in 2017 was 'try it and see', and this best sums up every decision we made, every plant planted, and every structure built. 2017 was about getting to know the plot (clayey, compacted and …

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Building a Pallet Shed, and Other News from the Plot

We have been collecting pallets since April with the goal of eventually turning them into a shed and, as you can see from the featured image, we are nearly there. Our family worked enthusiastically and tirelessly (and without being put under any duress) to build our shed over a very cold weekend at the beginning of …

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The Convoluted Route (of Leaf Mould Bins and Compost Bays)

I spent Monday afternoon at the allotment re-doing and changing work we had previously completed. We do try and get things right the first time round, but plans have a habit of going awry. I guess this is because we are still getting to know the site and all its idiosyncrasies, and because this is …

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Our First Harvest, and Other News from the Plot

We have potatoes! These are our second early Maris Peers. We waited a week or so after the flowers had faded before digging, and this just happened to coincide with family visiting so we had extra hands to rummage and join us in our first toast to the land. And, for favourable future harvests, we buried …

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Brassicas, a Heatwave and a Summer Solstice Photo Tour of the Plot

I finished digging and planting the second brassica bed before the heatwave hit. We now have a little row of Savoy January King 3 cabbages and a row of All Year Round cauliflowers. They're hiding in netted tunnels away from the prying eyes of rabbits. I had plenty of seedlings left over so planted 2 cabbages and a …

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The Rabbit Saga Continues, and Other News from the Plot

Gardening has become secondary to rabbit proofing in the last month. In my last post I mentioned that the Jerusalem artichokes were thankfully too tall and too well established for the rabbits to eat. Oh, how I was wrong. From two rows like this: To this: We weren't really in a position to complain as …

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Fire, Frost, Angry Bees and Other News from the Plot

Allotment groups on Facebook this morning were full of photos of frost damaged plants with comments like '...and this was inside my greenhouse under three layers of cardboard and some garden fleece.' This made me nervous about what we'd find when we visited our plot. I tried to reason with myself that all the frost …

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A Tale of Two Greenhouses and Other News from the Plot

It's been a busy week on the plot. Rob assembled the new greenhouse and I patched the fences where the bunnies snuck in. I helped Rob with greenhouse assembly where I could by propping things up and/or being too short to hold the roof frame at the required height. I mainly just got in the …

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Freebies and Other News from the Plot

It's amazing how many people give you things they're getting rid of when they hear you have an allotment. Since my last update we've acquired a haul of items, some as gifts and some in exchange for good deeds. L gave us some onions and potatoes in return for sharing the Jerusalem artichokes, and we've …

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