And the answer is ...

I know I’ve been teasing people recently, but I’m finally ready to explain.

Please meet … plot 103 - my own allotment at last!

Well, sort of. As in:

1. We’ll be working 201 for at least another year before we hand it back to the committee, hopefully we’ll have got some people from the allotment waiting list to work with us by then, so that plot 201 can be a training plot run by the committee, but giving people who want to grow their own but aren’t at the top of the list, some opportunity to gain skills and raise crops while they wait.

2. 103 won’t be productive this year, or next year, or maybe even the year after, as we work with the existing eco-system which is robust, and the problems, which are immense. As you can see, even clearing the grass is a demanding task, if we aren't to destroy birds nests (we have fledgling blackbirds for a certainty, there are ancient dormouse nests in several hedges and we think we may even have a wren!) or the homes of slow worms or beetles. Believe it or not, the photo below is the result of hours of work with hand shears and scythe!

We have two huge elder trees, two small oaks and one unknown. In the front hedge there’s a leaning tree which I believe is a smooth leaved elm – it’s already been hugely pruned back in one direction – away from the neighbour’s plot, leaving it growing at 45 degrees in the other, back along the boundary of our plot. It is, to be blunt, a death trap.

We’ve found two full sized bathtubs, one tin bath and a shower tray. One bathtub is a good pond with frogs and newts, the other is a stinking, fetid, mud-slimed holder of iris (no idea what kind, they’d all gone over by the time we got the plot) and the tin bath appears to be a nettle retirement home. The shower tray was so buried under ivy that it took me 45 minutes work to release it.

We do have three fruiting gooseberries, a redcurrant, two espalieried apples, a pear, two cobnuts and two bay trees, one of which will need to come out as its grown out into the main path.

It’s exciting and daunting in equal measure, but at least it’s mine, all mine!

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Posted by The Allotment Blogger on Monday, July 26, 2010

2 Comments:

Anonymous allotments4you.com said...

congrats on your own plot...I must say I wish I had found such exciting stuff on my neglected plots.....i wonder what you will unearth as you go along.

July 26, 2010 at 11:33 AM  
Blogger Joanna said...

Congratulations on getting your own allotment. It is great when you work with the land though rather than blitz it with chemicals back to ground zero as most folks would have done. The discoveries are indeed exciting. I think it is funny that on our land there are plants I used to try and grow in my garden in England and they refused but here in Latvia they grow happily amongst the grass.

July 27, 2010 at 9:39 PM  

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