What a great crop!

This week’s top crop is … asbestos! Oh yes, we’ve harvested nearly a whole shed’s worth of asbestos this week and feel very pleased with ourselves.

After last week’s snow and frozen ground, we had hoped to do some digging this weekend, but the ground wasn’t cooperating and anyway, there was a more urgent task. Our allotment site has an asbestos amnesty running until 20th December when the site will be closed to the public all day for the contractors to go round and collect all the asbestos that people have put at the bottom of their plots.

#201, which we are leaving soon, had no asbestos, but #103 had a shed roof and a fence entirely constructed from white asbestos. Okay, the white stuff is not the worst, but I didn’t want to run a gutter from that roof into a water butt to water my plants, so the chance to strip the whole lot out and start again with a corrugated plastic roof was too good to miss.

It didn’t take as long as we thought, mainly because OH was willing to clamber around on a rickety shed to take out the screws that held the asbestos in place.

I even found time to plant a cotoneaster in the hedge, to replace the huge bramble that we dug out in summer.

As for crops … nothing from #103 but kale and purple sprouting broccoli from #201 and there would have been a parsnip if I hadn’t left it too late to dig it up so I couldn’t see what I was doing in the dark!

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Posted by The Allotment Blogger on Monday, December 13, 2010


Anonymous allotments4you said...

Excellent that you are managing to get rid of your asbestos...and a good idea...wish our committee would think of something like this as I have some left over from previous plotters which they dumped in the hedgerow at the top of my plot!

December 27, 2010 at 11:54 AM  

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