It’s a picture heavy post today, but I’m so excited to share our allotment progress with you! Here’s a reminder of what it looked like in February, and I’m so happy with how much it has changed. A big thank you to my parents who came and helped for three back aching days! We spent the first day cutting back brambles, branches and lots thorny stuff, and piling it on a bonfire. My dad brought an old cultivator machine with him, that churned and chopped up the soil, so within in one day we went from a wilderness to flat ground with (mostly) root free soil. By day three we had made four little beds in the lower part of the patch, two of which the children will be in charge of. My son even planted runner beans in his patch, and we planted a row of potatoes in another. We used old planks of wood that had been left abandoned on the patch to make little raised beds, and a communal pile of wood chippings were brilliant for making the paths.
I now need to get the upper section sorted but I’m feeling pretty confident that I can get that done myself over the the next few weeks in preparation for growing flowers! I’ve planted dahlia tubers up in pots here at home, and I have some seeds to sow too. Now that we’ve cleared the site, it turns out I have some really pretty fruit trees which were laden with blossom – a couple of apple trees, a pear tree, and judging by the fruit stones scattered in the earth, a tree that is either peach or apricot. We also found that a robin has made a nest in a bird box in one of the trees, so we’re hoping that we haven’t disturbed them too much. I paid £5 to join the allotment society, so I’m fully throwing myself into this little community of growers!
The blossom in the top picture was actually taken last week when I was working in Skegness, but I thought it was too pretty not to share.
Enjoy the rest of your week!