An inner city allotment

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March 2020 (Lockdown days)

Taking our daily exercise at the allotment has proven to be a joy, even if you can’t have a natter with anyone unless you shout!

The weather has been glorious, warmish and sunny. It’s such a shame that we have to be on lock down at this time, but needs must if it’s to save lives – really wish EVERYONE would think the same but there you go. Anyway …

We ordered some perennial plug plants from the weekly mag Amateur Gardener – It’s a great magazine, and usually comes with free seeds. You only had to pay for postage, which was about £3. The plants were dispatched from Thompson & Morgan. They were little babies! They arrived through the letterbox in a flat envelope type concoction. ‘What do you want for £3?’ I hear you cry. We plotted them on in some modules and they have all taken. We can’t wait to get them in the soil. They included Echinacea, Aquilegia, Verbena and Coreopsis.


The rose bed, is beginning to come to life. We think we may have pruned just a little too hard. Hopefully they’ll come back fighting.


Looking forward to the blooms.

As you can observe, we’ve built a shed, or as we fondly call it ‘The Construction‘, next to it. It was a green house, a plastic one. It used to get full sun and was great for growing our aubergines and herbs in, until we arrived one day last summer to find it had been ‘shaded’. We couldn’t grow anything in it, so we thought about buying a shed. Fate shined down upon us, unlike the sun which could not reach that part of the allotment. A new allotmenter had decided to buy a new shed and had dismantled his old one, leaving the bits in a huge bonfire type pile. We always support recycling, and bit by bit we used the discarded wood to build a shed. OK, so it has no roof yet and a door is still to be fixed. It’s a work in progress, and we love it. In fact it was from our old plot, so in a way it’s followed us! And it has only cost us about £10 for nails. We looked for the solution rather than let the problem win. ( That was a bit profound for us, but you know what we mean.) We’re thinking about having an official opening for our ‘Bus Stop’, when it’s completed …

The sweet peas have gone a little straggly, some never struck at all. We had to start some more last week. We’re not setting up the May Pole this year. We’re growing them up the side of the green house in a narrow, but deep, trough we’ve added. Hopefully they should be OK as it gets full sun for most of the day.IMG_20200324_112954

We thought we would show you where we have our tea, coffee and snacks (mostly chocolate based!) It was never this tidy, and had become just a place to store compost and empty pots. We cleared it up a couple of weeks ago and painted the fence. It’s quite a little hide away.


Have to watch out for the birds over head !!

We hope whoever reads this is doing OK. We hope you are getting outside, while keeping your distance. Remember to wash your hands and keep on keeping on. Happy Plotting.


March 2019

Well, March certainly did come in like a lion and go out like a lamb. It felt like there was a storm for about two weeks straight. The wind just seemed to get worse and stopped us from getting stuff done outside quite a few times.


Dwarf Narcissi

We unwrapped the dahlia tubers this week. We only lost one, no doubt it will be replaced. When you see the displays in the garden centres and they’re so cheap, sometimes two for a fiver, how can you resist?

I wish we had somewhere special to keep them, but they were wrapped in old newspapers and stored in a large plant pot in the greenhouse. They don’t seem to have done too badly. We put them individually into pots with some fresh compost to get them ready to begin shooting, then when they’re strong enough they can go in the soil.


Some of the dahlias. Not too pretty at the moment.

The seedlings seem to have picked up after a very slow start. We sowed various brassica seeds about ten days ago and today have already began potting some of the larger ones on in newspaper pots. The tomato and chilli seedlings are still very small, but hopefully with the good weather coming they should pick up … fingers crossed.


The cayennes – the second lot. Lost the first lot to a hungry cat!

Our rose bed, which we assembled from a three broken troughs is beginning to take on a life of its own. The roses are thriving along with the spring bulbs that we planted in it. It’s a forgotten area of the allotment, right at the back next to a huge composting area, but it’s beginning to look o.k., even better now we’ve added an obelisk to its centre. Hopefully the flowers will grow around it and we’ll have fresh blooms for the house this summer.


Happy plotting!

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October 2018

One of our favourite months on the allotment. Bright sunshine, crisp cold mornings and lots of birds waiting for the feeders to be topped up. We’ve done a bit of D.I.Y. on the plot this month. Moving things about, building ramshackle raised beds, it’s been hard work but great.

Firstly, we began putting the dahlias to bed, these were the last of the … lost the name tag, but they’ve been a great bloomer all summer. The colour is amazing.  We spent a good couple of hours digging up all the tubers and drying them off, unfortunately we haven’t got a ‘Dahlia cupboard’ like a certain TV gardener, so some newspapers and large pots have to do for cover.


Coffee Time.

We had to move one of the apple trees from the orchard. It had almost toppled over in the last strong winds we had, and was getting shaded by the other trees. The apples are delicious from it. We had moved the rhubarb bed, so decided to give it a new home there. It promptly decided to immediately shed it’s leaves. Hope we haven’t done more harm than good.


Fingers crossed!

We needed somewhere to park our roses. We’ve been given a few, and bought a couple, each one means something to us. So we decided to build a raised bed from all the old bits of wood on the allotment. It was a spare bit of space, that had previously been used for growing peas in containers. As well as the roses we’ll be putting a lot of various herbs in there so it’s not just for decoration, but we can’t wait to see the flowers next year.


Has since been creosoted!

This month has passed so quickly. Winding the allotment down seems to have produced more work. Looking forward to November. Happy Plotting!