New Allotment July 26th 2015

After a long wait I have my new allotment. I’m very excited and a little apprehensive at the task ahead. I shall throw myself head long into the project,  especially the thoughts of all the lovely fruit and vegetables I will be harvesting next year. Please follow me on this thrilling journey.

Oh dear, this looks like hard work !
Oh dear, this looks like hard work !
 Amazing poppies amongst the endless sea of weeds.
Amazing poppies amongst the endless sea of weeds.
A very, very long way to go. After a morning clearing the weeds we can at least begin to compost waste.
A very, very long way to go. After a morning clearing the weeds we can at least begin to compost waste.

Day 2.

Early start 9am, more weeds to clear. I know all this hard work will pay off next year so I need to hold that thought. It’s amazing what you find lurking, Brussel sprouts, Potatoes, Peas, Onions, Rhubarb, Apples and Raspberries. Amazing amounts of wildlife too.

Bee, enjoying breakfast.
Bee, enjoying breakfast.
Brussel sprouts!
Brussel sprouts!

Day 3

Today I’ve been clearing some of the rubbish from the shed. Found myself distracted by the wildlife. Met some of my allotment neighbours, who are a wealth of knowledge regarding what grows well and they offered additional help and advice. Received my first plant from a friendly allotmenteer.  I’ve never seen this plant before, a cucumelon!

Cucumelon. Can't wait for this to grow.
Cucamelon. Can’t wait for this to grow.

Tastes like a cross between a cucumber and a melon, amazing.

Very big bee, enjoying lunch.
Very big bee, enjoying lunch.
Grasshopper, resting in the warm sunshine.
Grasshopper, resting in the warm sunshine.
Meadow brown butterfly.
Meadow Brown butterfly.

Day 4, 5 & 6

Work to clear our plot is still in progress but I’m delighted to say we have reached the end. We have found many fruit bushes these include Raspberries, Blackcurrants, Redcurrants and a massive Rhubarb patch. We have started to rough dig the area and can now see what a lovely allotment we have. The grass path is now cut and the area around the shed is looking a little more loved. The compost area is now neat and tidy, we have mountains of green waste which is slowly rotting down. We have met our neighbours and other plot holders, everyone is really nice and helpful. It’s been an amazing week, we all ache but each pain has been worth it.

Please look at our progress this week.

The fruit area.
The fruit area.
The big dig!
The big dig!
Warning composting in progress!
Warning composting in progress!
The allotment site.
The allotment site.

Days 7 & 8

Days 7 & 8 have been busy digging days. We are beginning to see the plot take shape. Rough digging the vegetable area gave us the opportunity to see how good the soil is. Lots of organic matter will need to added. The end of the plot is a fruit area which is now nice and tidy. I’ve posted more pictures.

Rough digging of the vegetable area.
Rough digging of the vegetable area.
Fruit area. Raspberry, Blackcurrant and Rhubarb.
Fruit area.
Raspberry, Blackcurrant and Rhubarb.

Day 9

Only visited the allotment today to drop off  some compost activator, we have mountains of green waste. The weather is being very kind to us and the warm sunshine is helping to rot things down nicely in the compost bins. We have also invested in a few bits and bobs we will need. Spare watering can, string, more gardening gloves, bucket and plenty of waste bags. The list is endless.

Day 10

Our visit to the allotment this morning was brief. I’m amazed at the progress so far. We are very lucky to have inherited a small shed which was left by a previous owner. My hubby is in the process of treating it to a new coat of shed life, it looks like new. A tip off by our allotment neighbour led us to a local Horticultural supplier. Compost activator and pelleted chicken manure purchased, with a discount, brilliant.  We have noticed some very different Ladybirds this year, black with red spots. Has anybody else seen them?

Ladybird. Black with red spots!
Ladybird. Black with red spots!

Day 11

Saturday on the allotment was lovely. With most of the back breaking work done we can enjoy our new plot. My hubby has finished painting the shed, it really does look like new. The compost bins and heap are slowly rotting down. We can now begin to plan for next year. Saturday morning saw the arrival of seed catalogues, amazing choice. Other plot holders have been very generous and given us a sample of their surplus produce, French beans, Runner beans and courgettes.

A thrilling read, but what to choose.
A thrilling read, but what to choose.

Day 12 Tuesday

Today we can say that we have made good progress on the allotment. The plot is cleared, compost bins are doing well and rotting down. The bottom of the plot is a fruit area and has given us enough raspberries to make 2lb of delicious jam. We have studied the seed catalogues and chosen our vegetable seeds, they have been ordered. Next spring seems a long way off at the moment but we still have our veggies in our own garden to look after.

First homemade produce from our allotment. Raspberry jam.
First homemade produce from our allotment.
Raspberry jam.
The fruit area.
The fruit area. Raspberry, Blackcurrants and Rhubarb.

I find it very peaceful and relaxing on the allotment. We have had time to look around the other plots and chat to different people of all ages, its wonderful to see old and young sharing their experiences, ups and downs, successes and disasters. As we look forward to next spring I can’t help but feel…apprehensive, eager, excited, hopeful and most of all raring to begin this new journey with mother nature.

Monday 17th August

We have now had our allotment for 3 weeks, the plot is now clear. Our little shed is cleared of all the rubbish and has been painted. We have enjoyed every second spent clearing the plot. We are currently picking out endless stones and pesky weeds that keep appearing, I suppose that’s all part of the fun.

After a lick of paint our little shed looks amazing.
After a lick of paint our little shed looks amazing.
Raspberries, more jam.
Raspberries, more jam.
Keep picking!
Keep picking!
Desiree potatoes from our plot.
Desiree potatoes from our plot.

Thursday 20th August

Early bird today. Off to potter on the allotment first thing. I’ve missed it over the past 2 days. Tuesday was wet ,wet, wet and Wednesday was a well deserved day out in Matlock Bath. Although we have no plants to care for we still need to constantly weed and continue to pick out the endless stones ! Other well established plot holder have been very generous, we always come home with crops of some sort. I’m green with envy.  To make things even more painful my seeds have arrived. I know you should never wish your life away but next spring seems a long way off.

My seeds have arrived.
My seeds have arrived.
Courgettes, these will become Marmalade.
Courgettes, these will become Marmalade.
Pointed cabbage.
Pointed cabbage.
One of my favourites, beetroot.
One of my favourites, beetroot.
Red cabbage. Might make pickled red cabbage.
Red cabbage. Might make pickled red cabbage.

Monday 24th August

The weekend on the allotment was spent weeding our newly dug plot. Where do the weeds keep coming from !!! Saturday was very warm and to be honest we spent a good deal of time chatting to other plot holders. They love to share their experience and knowledge, which is fantastic and very helpful to us. Next year will be a massive challenge. We need all the help and advise we can get. We did manage to lift the last of the Desiree potatoes and harvest more raspberries for jam.

Raspberry jam
Raspberry jam

Thursday 27th August

This afternoon was spent planting a few more fruit bushes in our fruit area of the allotment.

Fruit bushes.
Fruit bushes.

We have planted two Blackberry bushes and a Tayberry bush. There is also a Gogiberry bush, which will be planted this weekend. We have been able to move some of our compost pile into the large compost bin behind the shed, it’s breaking down nicely. With tape measure in hand we now know how large our soil growing area is, 48ft x 20ft. A large area which should be very productive next year.

Growing area 48ft x 20ft.
Growing area 48ft x 20ft.

Saturday 5th September

Now the allotment is almost clear there isn’t as much work to be done.  The compost bins still need regular attention, they are breaking down nicely. Raspberry bushes need pruning, weeds need to be kept at bay and the three apple trees also need a quick trim. We’ve taken off all the apples, some are not fit to eat, most have been turned into Crumble and apple pie filling.

Apple pie and crumble filling.
Apple pie and crumble filling.

 

 

4 thoughts on “New Allotment July 26th 2015

  1. Hi, thank you for your supportive comments. Yes I have aches and pains in areas I didn’t know I had. I have to say It’s been the most enjoyable week I’ve spent in ages. I’m loving all the brilliant blogs and the wonderful people who share the same interests. xx

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  2. Although your son told me this was hard work but I never imagined that it could be this hard. I can see joyfulness in your son’s words. This will be a lovely allotment in the near future. Also, nice pictures. Hope you can relieve the pain after you see your achievement.

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    1. Hi Byond, thank you for your lovely comments. Alex has told me a little about you. I hope you may enjoy an allotment one day. You will be able to follow a little part of Alex’s day to day hobbies and interests. He has been an enormous help this week. I could not have achieved so much without him. Please keep following us.
      Bye for now
      Sue and Alex xx

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