My friend just received notification that she had come to the top of the queue for an allotment space. She has been waiting for three years but is unable to be too excited as when she tells people some answer they have been waiting up to twelve years. They wanted someone who will actually work on it and take on the full time job of making sure it grows successfully rather than overrun with weeds.
Well, they picked the right person because now I get to live vicariously through my friend’s allotment. We have the same name so it is practically mine (that’s how it works right?) but she knows nothing about growing things so she is quite happy for me to tell her what’s what.
The entire patch was covered in bindwind and when that was removed there was another layer of weeds under that plus an entire army of snails. Under that there was hundreds of potato seedlings as if that was the only thing the previous owner grew. I am not sure about the sunshine hours but potatoes clearly do well there -my friend doesn’t even like potatoes that much.
I dug them up like weeds and then kept the best ones to replant – I have found at least four kind so far; a purple one (that seems to be the most prevalent) a fingerling shaped one; a red kind and a regular white kind; that was just in a couple of metres of soil. The soil itself is really good quality – no clay to be seen – the fork slid in like it was butter.
We She has a number of fruit trees which are in need of pruning but prolifically flowering – my powers of deduction have come down to an apple; probably a plum, raspberries; probably a red current; a myrtle; a thing that looks like a cherry but probably not.
There is also a massive rhubarb and the raspberries that take up an entire plot plus comfrey; perhaps a bay tree and various other plants that may be useful but we will probably end up pulling up as weeds.
A lot of rubble; bits of wire and other junk but all in all (considering the condition I have seen of some plots on other blogs)
we she is very lucky that there is so little work to be done. I am not sure of the exact size of the plot but I think that it is probably smaller than the ones outside of the city. There is a communal shed with all the tools you could need and a water butt with a plethora of watering cans (no water mains).
I forgot my phone at home today (shocking I know!) so no photos in this post but I will come back with part two and perhaps you can help me identify some plants/trees that are unknown to us.
I already have my tomato and potato seedlings set by the door to take with me tomorrow along with my box of seeds so she can pick out the seeds for this year. I told her to take it easy this first year as we might not get it all cleared in time to plant but it is so exciting I can hardly contain myself.
Does anyone else get this excited at the thought of fallow land that you have carte blanche? – the possibilities are endless.
(Photos to follow tomorrow in part two)