Under the Cloak of Winter

Over the last 3 years I’ve taken on and worked 3 allotment plots.

  • Plot 1 – January 2015
  • Plot 2 – May 2015
  • Plot 3 – June 2016

All three were in a shocking state of neglect. The photograph below shows the current state of the last plot acquired. The plot is approximately the size of half a tennis court.    It was divided into beds by the previous owner but was never really planted or worked. To be honest, I took on plot 5b because the weeds were impacting on my plots but I also fancied a bigger shed to shelter from rain showers and make the odd cup of tea!

The weeds on 5b were shoulder high and tackling the tangled mess was done through hard graft (weed killers are definitely not an option on my plots). Weeds and grass were scythed, burned and finally covered with heavy duty weed suppressant. It’s taken a while but I think plot 5b will finally be fully ready for the growing season.

February 2018: Astro Turf picnic area, vegetable bed, bay and bulb tub, new raised bed, Gruff the dog sat under the sunshade of the mini shed, allium bed, daffodil bed, gladioli bed, willow bed and dahlia bed.

I’ll eventually remove the wooden sections – I’m not really a fan but we’ll see. The photograph doesn’t show a row of mini raised beds all approximately 4ft in size…they’re currently taking up valuable space so I’ll be ripping them up asap!

June 2016

The photograph below doesn’t give an accurate idea of the size of the plot but it does show the work still needed.

Gruff watching the work in progress!

Plots 5a and 4a still need a little work mostly in the fruit bed and the perennial flower bed. The greenhouse needs a good clean through too…20180224_1252211098521171.jpg

“Every allotmenteer knows that under the cloak of winter lies a miracle … a seed waiting to sprout, a bulb opening to the light, a bud straining to unfurl.  And the anticipation nurtures our dream.”

5 thoughts on “Under the Cloak of Winter”

  1. I can’t believe just how far you’ve come in such a relatively small period of time. Well done 🙂

    My beds are still under a layer of hedge mulch. The leaves have all broken down but I always knew that the thicker bits of branches would need clearing off. Middle Mudlet and I will start clearing these off ready for planting in another week or so 😀

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    1. Thank you. It seemed to take forever to me because I broke my foot shortly after taking over the plot so I couldn’t do anything for months!
      Can’t beat a little mulch for keeping the weeds at bay and enriching the soil 😁 Great that you have a willing helper on your plot too 😁😁

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  2. I am interested in seeing people use scythes..I think it is a really useful thing and allows you to gather the trimmings for either animal feed, mulch or compost! Best part it doesn’t take fuel,..just arm strength!

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