Evening all fellow Allotmenteers! Good to see it's not all just "bike bits", as the missus says.
I used to be "boy band" once, but now I'm a whiskery and "grumpy silly old Hector" with a "beetle belly", apparently. Seems commitment to The Struggle has taken its toll, I fear.
The barn looks well and truly raised Karl - nice. Looks like you had some moral support on the tundra there. My shed's seen better days over 14 years. It's been broken into, vandalised, set on fire, blown over, then sawn in half and moved to the current site. The damp cold weather over the last year has taken its toll and now I'm thinking of giving it a viking burial and replacing it in September. Looks like you got a nice open site with some wooded fringe. The large red brick wall looks intriguing... Also, like the reinforced container next to your shed – I'm trying to source some of these in preparation for the next drought.
The abundance of nettles means that you have good fertile ground and a crop to compost into fertiliser. Though the couch grass is a sod.
Had a couple of days over the allotment over Easter, assessing things, clearing and measuring up for a new plan. Started preparing the beds for the spuds. Our council have just started work on a flood prevention scheme between the allotments and the golf course at the head of the valley. They'd cleared a substantial strip of trees and hedgerow for this unfortunately – there goes our supply of sloes for the next stock of gin
. The upside is that they'd left mountains of wood chips, so I filled several builder's bags and made some paths too.
There was plenty of wildlife about and we spotted a red kite gliding over the site, which sent the pigeons to cover. The Kites are now getting closer to the edge of London.
Pyro Tim, are you just after decorative planting? I'll post some options for shade planting.
Green Rabbit, I go to most of the RHS shows and open day events in and out of London – good to meet up. Went to Chelsea twice a few years back and found it too overpriced and crowded. Did Hampton Court last year and got tickets for this year – it's a much better setting and space. Got tickets for the Malvern Shows too – tempted to sling the bike in the van too for a quick downhill blast there, for old times... Hoping to get out to RHS Hyde Hall and also Beth Chatto's this summer (if we ever have one).
Will post a list of spuds/crop plans/pics, at some point, FYI.
Meanwhile, here's a snap of the red kite gliding over our allotment on Sunday.
The plot thickens, rather than losing it
Clockwork A309 A0163
Wanted: 26.8mm Orange or Zoom seatpost and Onza RCR 160 Bar Ends (preferably both polished silver). Oh, and an end to 'The Struggle'.