New allotment – one year on!

A year ago this week I said this:

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.

And in fact, we’ve planted a Hamburg vine on the other side of the allotment. Helen and Jake are lovely neighbours but having my own vine ensures that we all stay friends!

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.

And what we’ve got, under that tree, is a giant pumpkin growing in the weed heap around the roots of the elder, and a wildflower area that will remain just that: it will be full of plants attractive to insect pollinators and it’s a great way to use up an area of dry, low-nutrient soil. I am shoving the old allium bulb in there too, because I can never get enough flowers onto the allotment!

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!

So … we found another post this week, a whole year after discovering those two! OH spent most of Monday digging it out, and now, apart from the post in the middle of the hedge which we’ll really have to live with, we do believe we’ve got them all. We’ve also got a raspberry bed that’s about to be extended, having a ‘porch’ built onto the back for my autumn ripening golden strawberries, so this is one plan that’s definitely reached fruition.

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Posted by The Allotment Blogger on Friday, September 2, 2011


Blogger Joanna said...

Hope you didn't waste all those nettle roots! Very good according to research for men when they get to a certain age in life :o)

September 2, 2011 at 12:42 PM  
Blogger The Allotment Blogger said...

Joanna - how DARE you! OH is not at a certain age ... I'm only joking. I might mention it to him .... Actually our neighbours on the side with the corrugated iron 'thing' are definitely at that point of life and seem to cultivate a lot of nettles ... I shall have to watch if they harvest them!

September 7, 2011 at 9:30 AM  

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