Thursday, March 15, 2012

2012 Allotment Diary - Me: 17 hrs He: 11.5hrs 2012 Eggs:23

There was a thick misty/fog - and freezing cold it was to this morning - which is brilliant for me as I could go up the allotment.

I loaded up my car - well Mr Lottie did - and wrapped up warm with a body warmer and fleece, woolly hat and thick cords with waterproofs on top.

I wanted to get a trench dug out and fill it with composting and veggie waste, ready for my runner beans.

Me and plans do not always work out - fickle as I am.  When I opened the hut to get some things out - it really bothered me that it was a jumble in there - men tend to throw things in - ladies tend not too.  In order to get to the tools I wanted I had to move so much stuff - so in the end I took everything outside, swept out the pig hut, sorted everything out and put things back neatly - it took me at least an hour and a half.  It's about four times bigger than the photo - but who wants to see a photo of all my stuff!

There is one disadvantage to having a brick built pig hut - the roof slopes down towards the back, and I kept forgetting it as I bent down to pick things up and sweep.  I lost count how many times I have whacked my head today on the thick wooden roof beans - my head really throbs now!
All that is left to do is to burn the short bits of wood, and clear out the cupboard in there.   I have already filled up two big sacks of rubbish and brought them home to take to the dump.
 This first bed is what I intended to do before I got distacted.
I wanted to weed it - not bad after being uncovered throughout the winter.
Now that looks better doesn't it.
By this time the sun had come out - really really bright and hot!
I had to take off my woolly hat, and find my wide brimmed sun hat!
As you can see in the photos!  Sadly I didn't have a thick shirt with me so had to suffer wearing the baggy fleece - which maked the shadow HUGE

You can see how much the soil dried out in just an hour!

Having dug an trench about a foot deep, I put one wheelbarrow full 

Of mixed compost - it'll need at least two more barrows to fill it.
I was exhausted by this time - so it's a job for another day.


  1. Great work.. AGAIN!

    Martin :0)

  2. Looks lovely soil even if it does dry out quickly. I guess carrots grow well in it?

    Well done anyway, you put me to shame, all I did yesterday was weed a few pots!

    Have a great weekend,

    Sandie xx

  3. Gosh always so busy, Lottie. I do enjoy following your goings on.


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