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By Angie, Apr 10 2013 09:01PM

I received news last week that the plot adjacent to the original plot 39 has become free. This means that we would be able to develop a straight ten rod plot.

Despite the efforts we have put into plot 37 since taking over the first half in June and the second half in October last year, we have made the decision to give up this plot once we have harvested the onions, shallots, cabbages, garlic and strawberries.

This now means we have another virgin plot to work! Oh, and we get our old shed back which we gifted to the then-plot holder too!

The soil is hungry, claggy clay, and the compost heap (which has never been emptied) is now four feet high!

We have already found a home for the old 3x3 shed - it will go to another plotholder who wants to use it as the basis for a toolchest (he has a small plot and isn't permitted a shed on his plot).

In addition to the old shed, there was a very rotted toolchest which the children found very tempting to climb all over - much to my dismay (the thoughts of impaled children flashing through my mind whenever I saw them near it!) I happily took the azada to it yesterday and demolished it in a few hearty swipes! I then piled the rotten wood into trugs and took it to the recycling site. The wood was so rotten that many of the longer lengths could be broken in half on my knee!! Had I been more recycling-minded, I would have used it to line the compost bins, but I was happy to see the back of it to be honest!

The section of plot 37 which I have been struggled to dig over during the winter months will be covered to stop it resprouting weeds, so we can keep the work down on this plot and concentrate on the new plot.

The approach for plot 38 will be lasagne beds and weed suppressed paths all the way. I will be marking the position of the beds to match the ones on the original plot (39) so the two plots look like one plot eventually. I may even add another pallet picket fence and cut flower border on the front of the new plot too to tie them together more.

Photos to follow!

By Angie, Mar 5 2013 03:00PM

Well, if you had asked me, aged 8, what I thought of spring greens, my answer would have been a big "yuck!!"

All that has changed now.

This year, my source of spring greens is going to be my brussel sprout tops which look fab (and are ready now compared to my cabbages which have been stunted by the wet weather)!

I will also start sowing summer cabbages and salad crops now.

I have been a bit cheeky and bought a tray of living salads from the supermarket back in December, which I planted into large modules to grow on. I plan to put these into a raised bed in the greenhouse this weekend to grow on for some early salads.

Thankfully the days of boiling greens to death (or horror of horrors, in water with bicarbonate of soda added to take out the colour - and kill any vitamins!) are long gone!!

My favourite ways of serving up spring greens are lightly steamed with a little garlic butter dressing; or some softened onion and bacon. You can also deep fry, similar to fried seaweed you get in the chinese restaurants.

By Angie, Feb 12 2013 11:58AM

Plot 37 was very overgrown when we took it over. Initially, it consisted of only 2.5 rods as this was all that was available to us.

Because we didn't feel that the 2.5 rods was sufficient as an additional plot, we offered to return this to cultivated condition, pending another larger plot becoming available. Fortunately, in October 2012, the other plotholder decided not to continue with their half, so we took over the full 5 rods.

The plot had originally been split into 18 inch wide strips of beds, edged with tongue a groove planks, separated by makeshift paths of compost bags, covered in bark chips. Unfortunately, all this had become completely overgrown with couch grass, so it took some time to uncover the beds and paths. As the wooden edging had rotted away, we decided to completely clear the whole area.

The soil under the couch grass was over-cropped, hungry, weed choked and rock solid clay.

June 2012

There had been a bed of strawberries which were hidden within the couch. We also uncovered two fairly poor condition gooseberry bushes and a pawlonia tree. There were also a couple of pallet compost heaps and a dalek composter.

We cut back the top growth of the grass, but found, similar with plot 39, the soil was unpenetrable with a fork. We decided therefore to use the lasagne bed method to get this plot up and productive asap.

We removed the larger perennial weeds, then covered the couch grass with layers of cardboard, grass clippings, manure and any other compostables we were able to get our hands on. We set up two larger beds and planted these with summer and winter squashes to get them productive.

We then dug out the strawberries, identified the newer plants and replanted these in the weeded, manured bed, mulching with wetted newspaper and topping with compost from the pallet composters.

We decided we didn't need all the compost bins, so demolished the pallet compost bins and left the dalek bin to use.

We planted some cosmos plantlets, donated by a fellow plotholder to encourage the pollinators.

October 2012

We got word that the other half plot was now available, so we have started clearing this half. We started by clearing the area at the front of the shed to create a comfrey bed.

We disposed of all the rotten wood onto the site bonfire and cleared the squash bed which had now finished cropping, planting up over-wintering onions and covering against the pigeons.

The remaining bed was planted with cabbages.

Finally, we dug out the pawlonia tree which, lovely tree though it is, is totally unsuited to an allotment plot.

This pretty much brings me up to date with progress on the plots.