Somehow we have got to 2011 without me noticing AND before I have written up the rest of 2010. A mild and bright start to the year has tempted me out and it's been good to get back on the bike and to have a spade in my hands again.
At last it is beginning to warm up and all the 'allotmenteers' are out in force. I'm very pleased with the state of my patch which has come through the winter in good state.
And now a few days later, I have finally fenced the whole area, distributed the compost heaps from home and the allotment and rotovated it all in.
One thing I have been missing up at the allotment is a secure store for tools. Our local rules prohibit 'structures' over 1.1 metres in height so a shed is out of the question. So I have constructed a store out of pallet wood and disguised it to look like part of the compost heap. The whole is lined with PVC damp proof membrane.
The weather has continued very dry and windy. The wind has been a real problem with plants getting buffeted and desiccated. We had a jumbo bag of gravel delivered at home for the drive and I had saved the bag 'just in case'. The 'just in case' turned out to be the need for windbreaks up at the allotment. To my pleasure, when I came to take the bag to pieces, one section was doubled over for extra strength so I had some good lengths of material for the windbreaks. An added advantage is that being white they reflect the light back onto the plants as well.
A trip to the allotment is always on Sj's itinery when she visits so her pics provide the allotment views for late July.