In August 2017 the gardening group lost its funding and we had to abandon our plot. We recently got some more money and were able to spend 4 weeks working together.
The plots were looking very neglected and there was plenty to do. The good news is that Rosendale Allotments donated a polytunnel so our group can grow plants from seed and have a place to shelter and work when it rains.
We tidied the shed, cleaned it out and put everything back. Then the grass was strimmed and the weeds dug up. We drowned the weeds in the water butt.
Manure was collected from the top of the allotment, where it’s delivered free, and we used it, together with our homemade compost, to top up the beds.
More stones were collected and the new strawberry bed was weeded and enlarged. There are more strawberry runners to plant up this year.
This little hedgehog turned up on our plot today. We gave it some food and milk and it was very hungry. A neighbour made a nest for it in her shed and will check it every day. Hedgehogs hibernate under piles of wood and leaves, so it was probably getting ready for bed in the bonfire pile on our new plot. Luckily we used our incinerator and sorted the wood out before we burnt it!