Ole Man at the Allotment

February 28th, 2022.
Spring beginning to show through.

21st Feb 2022 was my last day of working for BT, so should have loads more time to get allotment ‘perfect’.

May 16th 2021, Doesn’t seemed to have stopped raining, except for a few hours, since a few weeks ago.

April 12th 2021, Snowed.

March 28th 2021, Was going to just dig out compost bin, but on viewing the rotavator, couldn’t resist the Mountfield Bast**d. What a beast it is, couple of pulls with the choke on and couple with it off and off it goes. Wonderful.

So managed to rotavate the complete site, in one ‘sitting’, happy now, will dig out the compost bin tomorrow, hopefully. Probably needs another going over, but should take less than the two hours for first attack. Reminder to self, must try and get it all dug in the autumn, makes it much easier to rotavate in the spring.

January 2021, sees the snow with a frozen pond.

Could be another winter like last. with heaps of rain and flooding, no planting is going to happen anytime soon.

Winter Digging Started and Pond in Autumn – November 2020

Allotment in 2003 and snowy December 2010

No fruit trees, or pond and bramble bush considerably smaller.
And no pine tree.

Allotment in June 2020

First Runner Beans – 29th June 2020

Pond June 2020

Pond Project – May 2020

Last year was plagued by foxes, digging holes, knocking down netting, digging up and knocking down plants. Generally being a pain. So decided to clear a big area of brambles where they were living, sorry Mr (and Mrs) Fox. In doing so found a pond, in a bit of a sorry state. You can see it, just, in the picture above left.
No water in it as the plastic sheeting had perished.

Bought some new pond plastic liner sheeting and underlay over the winter. So in mid-May, dug it out, lined it and filled it with water, which took over two hours.
Plus replaced the broken, crazy, paving around it.

Just need to get some plants for it.

State of It – March 2020

After six months, when it rained almost every day, from September 2019 to almost February 2020, the allotment was rather flooded and took a fair bit of digging, before it was fit for the rotavator.

Slow Worms