Clearing the bush for new allotments

Changing the allotmentAstonishing. Our allotment site is becoming posh!

Half the site’s always been unused and covered in brambles. Which was a pain, because they provided shelter for the rats and encroached on our plots all the time.

But no more. Apparently there are 60 people on our allotment waiting list. So the brambles are coming down.

It’s great. We’re going to get properly measured plots (gosh), proper roadways for cars (wow)… even a car park (gasp).

It’s all super. Except, of course, that most of those 60 wannabes won’t be here in 12 months. Nor will their replacements. Allotmenteering is harder than most folks realise.

And then the brambles will be back, I guess.

8 Responses to “Clearing the bush for new allotments”

  1. Lottie Wannabe Says:

    Absolutely agree. I always want an allotment in the spring and summer. By the cold wet autumn, I am really glad I haven’t got one.

  2. Emma Says:

    I wish the folks on my allotment list would go through as quick! I’m chomping at the bit to get mine.

  3. Soilman Says:

    Don’t give up when you get it, Emma!! We need people to stick at it and keep those plots working!

  4. mark Says:

    On our site (c20 plots as most have now been halved)only a third are properly worked. People come, work like stink for six weeks and then you never see them again. Still their leftovers wood, plastic greenhouse etc etc get shared out among us loing-haulers so it’s not all bad

  5. Ali Says:

    Respect to you whose gardens are in entirely different places to your homes, I can’t quite imagine the extra commitment that must take to keep it going. I daydream about finding myself a nice reliably sunny patch at a community garden to take the edge off (a) my shady backyard and (b) the fact that I seem to move houses annually, but to be honest I don’t know if I’d actually bother gardening if I had to travel to go do it. Well done, all of you.

  6. Soilman Says:

    Nothing virtuous about it, I’m afraid Ali. Just greed. I’ll do anything for the taste of properly FRESH asparagus and sweetcorn. And Arran Victory chips are to die for.

    Pure greed, you see.

  7. john taylor Says:

    hi there
    just took a new plot on never had an alottment plot befor and it was very ruff and over grown but i have got all on grass and weeds down and now winter diging pulling out what roots and weeds i can see as i go do i need to cover the dig with compost or just leave it to the weather as it would meen buying the compost as i do not have a compost eap all tips wellcome
    john taylor

  8. Soilman Says:

    John hi

    If the ground is very compacted, or the soil is very poor, it may be worthwhile spending a few quid on some compost to give it a boost. If it looks reasonable, I wouldn’t bother; Over the years as you cultivate it, you’ll build up your own compost and add it in. It builds fertility and texture very, very quickly.

    Better yet, add some rotted manure; you can get it free from pretty much any stables if you bring your own bags.