My first few hours in the allotment and it’s clearing, clearing and more clearing! Armed with a newly bought fork and some garden bin liners I make a start. There’s so much to do, it’s a bit over whelming but I have to start.
I’m literally pulling anything up that looks like a weed. This is going to be a long process and will take several visits. Once I’ve dug most of the weeds up, the plan is to cut all the grass back and then borrow a rotavator to go turn the soil over. This will turn up more weeds that I need to take out.
Because it’s the end of July, I won’t be able to grow much this year, maybe some onions and garlic (so another plot owner has told me) so it’s just a case of getting the soil right for next year.
On my first day I did 3 hours and filled 5 bin liners and 2 garden sacks full of weeds and I’ve not even touched a corner of my plot. I think it’s starting to look better though…. I can see the ground at least!
I’ve been quite lucky in that my plot has a few bits of fruit left from the previous owner. I have a gooseberry bush, some rhubarb, raspberries and another gooseberry like bush that no one seems to know the name of. People keep telling me it’s a rare Scottish cross breed?!? Anyway before all the fruit starts to drop off, I pick a bag of each to take home and freeze. Not bad for my first day