A year (and a week) in the making

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Doesn’t time fly when you’re having fun? 

I can hardly believe its been a year (and a week) since I started re-cultivating my plot. I say re-cultivating because I’ve actually had the allotment for about 2 and a half years. After the greenhouse was vandalised, the allotment lost a little bit of the magic it once held for me and I didn’t visit as often as I should’ve. I neglected to keep on top of the plot maintenance, and as would be expected, the weeds took over. Last year I decided that I would give the allotment another go and if I was unable to restore it to its former glory I would call it a day and give it up.

Its been 53 weeks since then and I’m delighted that the magic has come flooding back.

I’m really surprised its been a whole year already, I’ve obviously been enjoying myself far too much digging and weeding, repairing and constructing, sowing and growing, not to mention harvesting and cooking. So to commemorate my allotment transformation, I thought I’d post a few pictures of the last 12 months.

So this time last year the allotment looked like this:

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After a weekend with a heavy-duty brush cutter, a rake and some hedging shears, the allotment looked like this:

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Not wanting to waste any time I quickly planted out some beans, carrots, lettuce and a courgette plant bought from our local DIY centre. The courgette lasted 3 days before being totally decimated by the slugs and snails, the birds pecked the beans to death and I can only assume the mice managed to get in under the netting and stole all the carrots and lettuces because they all mysteriously disappeared. Not a very productive start to the harvest.

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Not one to give up, I ploughed on with the aim of getting the allotment ship-shape for next years growing season. I started to tackle the brambles. This took weeks of chopping and digging but the satisfaction at the end was brilliant. Creating a corner for wildlife quickly followed and before I knew it, it was Christmas, so on Boxing Day I gave my lovely new cordless trimmer a test run.

Brambles ahoy!

Ground clearance, digging out the brambles

Pond making

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Clear and ready for action

Testing out the new strimmer

The new year brought newly planted shoots emerging from the ground and a rush to get the beds prepared for planting. Blisters and Bindweed were part of the norm but I don’t mind a bit of hard work (as long as there’s lots of tea and biscuits on hand)

A cold start to the day

Sun worshiping garlic

Bucket of bindweed root

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Half way and 2 hours in

Repairs to the greenhouse allowed me to start growing more plants at the allotment and a sowing and growing frenzy was started…it hasn’t really stopped yet either! The first crop of rhubarb was a delight and the feeling of walking off the plot with your very own produce was amazing.

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Lovely peas

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The unforced part of the rhubarb growing sturdy stems

Weeding, planting and protecting the crops has been the last stage of the re-cultivation plan. I’ve still got a few crops to plant out (broccoli, sprouts, beans and corn) but I’m happy so far with the progress made in this years growing season.

When I look back at the pictures from this time last year, I’m delighted that they bear no resemblance to each other. The following pictures were taken yesterday, see what you think.

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12 thoughts on “A year (and a week) in the making

  1. You’ve done brilliantly well with this, I’m really impressed. Feeling like you’re on top of it rather than it being on top of you does make a difference doesn’t it! somehow it spurs you on to do even more I find.

    And there’ll be all that lovely produce to eat as your reward!

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    • Well that’s what I’m hoping for! I’ll be sorely disappointed if the slugs/snails/birds/mice/squirrels etc get at the veg first! Hopefully it’ll be more “maintenance” work now, although I’m sure I’ll find something else to rejuvenate as the season goes on! Thanks very much for your lovely comments 😊

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  2. Well done you. You’ve worked really hard and it has paid off. I hope this is inspiration to all those people who allow the weeds to take hold. ‘Don’t give up’ is the key to it, and you didn’t, even when your first crops got demolished. The maintenance never stops, but it does get easier the more you cultivate the ground. Thanks for sharing this.

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  3. It’s amazing what can be achieved with some hard graph and some time. It’s a brilliant plot you have now. But it is good to see how far people get with their plots. Mine currently doesn’t look too different to yours last year so it’s also nice to know there is an end.

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