This is the first, proper entry into our new, virtual Allotment Diary.
Surveying the plot, we were feeling slightly overwhelmed – there was so much work to do, where do we start?! We didn’t want to just rip out all the plants that were already there. Daffodils and celandine are in abundance – they look so bright & cheery.
We began by having a general tidy up, moving all the strewn plastic chairs, bins and empty, abandoned plant pots over to a far corner.
We didn’t want to throw any of this away just yet, we want to reuse as much of it as possible.
There were lots of red bricks and terracotta roof tiles lying around that we stacked up and put into piles. We already have some plans for these!
Many of the bricks are impressed with ‘Newhey’ or ‘Coptrod’, both former brickworks in Rochdale.
There was even a discarded metal arch that we’re planning on running some flowers (or cucumbers!) up.
I began to tackle the thick carpet of leaves, forming the beginnings of a leaf mould heap in a shady, north-facing corner.
There was some evidence of paths once some of the leaves were gone. Still very overgrown though.
And how about transforming this pair of old baths into salad or herb beds?
There are remains of a lower half of a dilapidated greenhouse in a sunny part of the plot. We’re considering what to do with it. We have lots of options available, lots of decisions to make. But there’s no need to rush in and try to do it all at once – one thing at a time – we’re just enjoying the journey!