After the progress I made in the first year of allotmenting, autumn and winter came and went and it was back to the drawing board. Despite the hard work last year, things quickly became overgrown and the weeds were back with a vengeance. This year I'm taking it a lot more slowly and doing everything meticulously to try and make things easier to maintain in the long run. It's a bit of a slow and painful process, especially when I think about all the veg I could be growing but I know that it will be worth it in the long run. Now the days are longer and I can go over after work, I'm enjoying it a lot and am very proud with the progress.
Step 1 was to try and clear the very overgrown area at the bottom of the plots - see the size of the brambles below!
After a couple of sessions hacking away I created a nice pile of brambles and a clear-ish area. I then dug up the bulk of the bramble roots and nettle roots (so satisfying) and covered it with black plastic to save to work on next year.
You can see how much I'm enjoying myself on a sunny day!
The weather turned a bit colder but gave us the perfect day for a fire. We burned all the bramble cuttings and other weeds I'd been collecting over the past few months.
All ready for the next phase - all the digging!
I'm Pearl, currently living in Bristol and enjoying the finest the city has to offer in terms of food, culture and adventures.