Allotment Halloween

Well we didn’t do anything very spectacular, although I did see some really good pumpkins being carried home on Sunday morning, presumably for carving. The green man/woman became a green witch for the weekend, and I started to dig in the green manure, although as my main task on Saturday was to take two barrows of manure down to plot 103 to be dug into the broad bean bed, I didn’t do too much digging on 201 – moving manure is quite a tiring business.

You might wonder why I have to move manure at all. It’s complicated. Plot 201, which we shall be leaving when our winter crops are over, doesn’t have a bottom fence, so we were able to get the muck-man to drop us a load of manure right on the plot. Plot 103, aka the voodoo plot, has a fairly substantial and pretty hedge (it might be said that the hedge is the best part of the plot, right now) which means that there’s nowhere for a load of muck to be dropped without blocking the path. Blocking the path is a termination offence on our allotments, so we are careful not to do it for more than a short time, such as that necessary to unload a shed from the back of a lorry.

The result is that I have to barrow the lovely manure down from plot 201, along two rows of plots, until I reach 103. And OH, lovely as he is in many ways, is also very tall with a back that ‘goes out’ at the slightest excuse (I can remember when I used to go out at the slightest excuse too, but that was a long time ago!) so he’s not keen to be barrowing heavy loads of wet horse-dung around.

And what do we have to show for it?

Our first seed planting on plot 103 – radicchio de Treviso in the inner ring of the amazing circular planter that I shall be describing in depth next spring, when it comes into full operation.

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Posted by The Allotment Blogger on Monday, November 1, 2010


Anonymous allotments4you said...

sounds like very hard work but I'm sure it will all be worth it in the end!!

November 3, 2010 at 1:28 PM  
Anonymous Damo said...

All that hard work will be worth it!

November 3, 2010 at 1:29 PM  
Blogger The Allotment Blogger said...

Tanya and Damo: it is hard work, but much cheaper than any other method - not that I'm cheap or anything ...

November 4, 2010 at 10:03 AM  

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