Our plot is not big – at about 100 square metres; it’s considered a mini plot as it is not quite a half plot size. Nevertheless, it’s quite a lot for us to manage. So, we were very grateful when our good friends from The Secret Garden offered to help.
We decided to hold a weeding party. We started the day with a preparatory picnic of warm bacon rolls and flasks of hot tea and coffee to get us ready for the task ahead.
Elisa, Rodney and Sandra started at the far end of the plot, while Andrew concentrated on the raised areas where the shed and old compost heaps used to be.
In three hours, we managed to get about half the plot weeded. And we found all sorts of nasties including bramble, dandelion, couch grass, nettle, green alkanet, bindweed, Japanese ground elder and raspberry. We also found a few old potatoes and a rhubarb crown!
Here we are posing with our morning’s haul.
We managed between a third and a half of the allotment. We also,
- smoothed out the bits of the plot we didn’t managed to weed so that it wasn’t quite a treacherous to walk on
- marked out the boundary of our plot so we know what we’ve got to work on
- marked out the path between our plot and the untended neighbouring plot and began to make the path more level and even so that it is safer for Andrew to negotiate
Below is a before and after shot. We still need to work on the half closest to the camera. But that’s a job for another day.
And here is a shot taken from more or less the same spot as a reminder of where we started: