Welcome to our plot!

I'm Hazel, and in Nov 2006 my friend Jane and I took on a half plot at Hill Allotments, Sutton Coldfield - we want the satisfaction of growing and eating our own fruit and veg, and to improve our diet (and fitness!).

This is the story of what happened next...........

Sunday, February 15, 2009

Raised Bed Wrangles

After a mild weekend filled with the sounds of hammer & saw, I’m tantalisingly just two raised beds (a1 & a2) away from a fully raised-bedded plot – although this weekend has not been without its hitches…

· The plot slopes away from the path, so the beds – which are level – are higher relative to the ground on the right hand side of the plot, to the extent that there’s a gap under each end board. I’ve concluded that I’ll have to put a second end board underneath the first one to stop the soil leaking out towards neighbour Ted's plot.

· The more accurate measured beds at 4’ wide with an 18” path don’t quite match with the slightly wider beds that have been in place for the last couple of years. Not a problem where the beds are empty, but I’d prefer not to trammel straight through the onion sets & garlic cloves merrily growing in plot a.

· Success of the raised beds has encouraged Julie (2nd best plot) & family to construct some raised beds of their own, which has resulted in a stock shortage at Wickes of timber!

· Unaccustomed prolonged enthusiastic physical activity has done something to the muscles in my upper back – I feel about 190 years old.

I’m toying with the idea of leaving the building of the last two beds until they are empty – although I would like to finish the job.

I’ll sleep on it.

1 comment:

  1. Does it make me a very strange person that I am looking at the enlarged picture of those raised beds and positively DROOLING with envy!

    They look fantastic and I am extremely envious, but I know we will get there eventually, "One Day Sully" and all that!


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