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Saturday, 24 November 2018

Don't know why I visited the allotment

View looking across from plot from the corner of Bed 1

Not been able to get to the allotment all week so I was disappointed to fly open the curtains to find that the greyness and the rain has continued into the weekend.

I arrived on site around lunchtime and was not surprised to find nobody around. It's been a devil of a week with the weather, either heavy rain or light rain nearly every day with the exception of Wednesday, but typical, I was in central London that day.

Am not sure what I was expecting to achieve by visiting today. I opened the shed but it was even to dull for a cuppa tea. Checking the temperature gauge it told me the lowest point these past few days had reached -6*c!

Some positives did come out of my visit. It gave me the time to just walk around the plot and plan what needed to be done next. The two beds outside the tea shed have never been touched. The plan was to leave these until Spring but on reflection, on the next dry day (whenever that will be), I'll strim the grass to ground level and cover with a large sheet of plastic - similar to Bed 3. At least that way any growth will be stopped from taking hold.

Standing on the path of Bed 1 (left) and Bed 2 (right)

The ground in Bed 1 and Bed 2 is very uneven and from what I can see I'm guessing it was used to grow potatoes. There is also a difference in height between Bed 2 and Bed 3, a difference of around 1ft. There is a large area of iron sheeting which may have been a compost bin.

Bed 1
Bed 2
There should be a path here between my plot (left) and my neighbour

Another fine pile of wood chippings

As I left there was another delivery of wood chips. I'll be back soon and have a few barrows for putting around the trees in the fruit garden but for now, it was time to get home.

Tell me in the comments what you are doing in your gardens at this time of year.


  1. Love woodchips! Send some to Lancs!! 😁😁

  2. I am mainly trying to stop the pigeons getting at the brassica and broad beans. Shed tidying and footpath work. I remove last year's surface on paths which are composted pine needles and put down fresh pine needles. The worms in last year stuff are enormous and numerous. The old stuff gets mixed into the compost bin. They lose their acidity when fully composted.Great way to get rid of the huge amount of needles a mature pine tree in my home garden produces.

  3. I have been getting my seeds organized, by planting time for my zone USA zone 8b...Western Oregon Coast/Columbia River area.

  4. Lots of work to still do, for both you & me. I have got all my raspberries & strawberries in their permanent beds now. Still working on paths. Still a lot of brambles to get rid of. You have been lucky to not have them although grass can be as bad.
    Good luck with the no dig method, I've not been able to get away with doing it like that.

    1. The brambles tend to come in from the railway. Hopefully when the fence goes up it will stop them.

  5. We have a big new pile of woodchips outside our allotments but I just cannot find any enthusiasum to collect any.

  6. Nice load of wood chips you have there. I've been marking out and making four more raised beds and pouring over the new seed catalogues to see what all I don't need but just have to have. :)


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