What you find when you take over a new allotment

This weekend’s delightful discovery? Well, too many to mention, and if you aren’t detecting the irony yet, watch out, it’s coming.

Discovery #1

The huge white grape vine that fills the voodoo shed and covers about an eighth of our new plot on an arbour of wires is not even ours. It has been ‘borrowed’ from our eastern neighbour who has planted the parent by their boundary fence. So that’s gone now. If I want a vine I’ll plant my own, not make a large part of my allotment hostage to a neighbour’s whims. I’m sure said neighbours are lovely but if they decide to cut down their vine, I can’t stop them and ‘our’ vine would die as a result.

Discovery #2

The huge corrugated iron ‘thing’ on our western boundary belongs to the neighbour on that side (phew, what a relief!) as do the two elderberry trees (damn, I wanted to get rid of one of them) – so some good and some bad here: we’ll let that neighbour harvest all the elderberries this year but from spring, we’ll be cutting back the tree canopy on our side so that we can use the ground underneath. We won’t be able to grow anything there, because of the elder roots, but it should be possible to site compost bins there and if the foliage isn’t allowed to overhang them, we should get relatively hot compost for a lot of the year.

Discovery #3

Two more posts that were supporting honeysuckle. We’ve taken out the honeysuckle and where it had been planted, we will site our new raspberry bed. At present I admit that it looks like we’ve been digging a grave, but trust me, it’s a summer raspberry bed. I’m thinking of an autumn bed too, further up the plot, so that we can have a long lovely season of raspberries, but for now we spent a hot and horrible day ripping out brambles and nettle roots and digging halfway to the Jurassic fossil layer to get those damn posts out!

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Posted by The Allotment Blogger on Tuesday, September 7, 2010


Blogger Joanna said...

I take it you don't like elderflower champagne or elderberry juice? Elder is considered an invasive weed here in Latvia but I do miss making elderflower champagne :( and would love a bush here but must respect the local vegetation.

September 7, 2010 at 4:05 AM  
Anonymous allotments4you.com said...

Well it is always a challenge when you get a new plot and I'm sure it can't be all bad...yet I know from experience it will all be hard work!!

My thoughts are with you at this time of discovery!!

September 8, 2010 at 11:57 AM  

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