Allotment Adventures: Worse Before it’s Better

You know how when you have a proper sort out and tidy of something, before you get to tidy, everything gets much messier. That is what the plot looks like right now. On Sunday thanks to some lovely allotment friends, Nina and Mike, we started sorting out the shed and other assorted rubbish in the hedgerow.I really like Joe, who we took the plot over from but I was so cross on Sunday, he’d already taken a bunch of things of the site before he left and this was the stuff he didn’t need. There was so much rubbish, plastic bags of rotting potatoes, metal shelves, chickenwire that the ivy had grown right through, fridge shelves,  a dalek composter that the ivy had totally grown over. It was dreadful, 40 years of saving stuff because it might be useful. We’ll be picking up bits of plastic for years to come.Ma and I are pretty tidy, we tend to bag up any rubbish and take it home with us, but I am now acutely aware of how dangerous saving things that might come in handy can be on a plot. The truth is that as much as we love our plots, we don’t own them, we just borrow them and we should be aware that when we have to give them up, the new people shouldn’t have to hire a skip to tidy the plot up. I’m actually only hiring a third of a 12 yard skip, Nina and Mike are having the other third (they have a fridge and a boris bike to get rid of amongst other things!) and the allotment committee have agreed to chip in another third but really people, if you have an allotment, please for the love of God, don’t hoard rubbish, it’s really not fair on the people that come after you.Anyhow, we have a pile of things to go in the skip (arriving Thursday) and a pile of wood for a bonfire, I’m going to ask someone else to set that going because I’m pretty rubbish at that. Any metal we (mostly Ma) took to the metal disposal area that the site has.  In terms of tidying the rest up, the hedgerow is the responsibility of the committee, once the rest of the shed is down, we’ll woodchip the path (some of the plotholders use it for access), I don’t have to do anything else, although I will pick up any rubbish that falls out of the hedgerow. There a big tub full of smelly water and something that must have been a compost bin once, which needs to be attended to but after that I’m leaving the hedgerow alone. We shouldn’t be doing anything a metre from the fence and I’m sticking to that.After Thursday and a bonfire, the only other thing I need to do in terms of rubbish disposal, is the loganberry frame, that’s coming down but the metal is easy to get rid of, and the loganberries are being re-sited. Then I can get back to gardening!Ma reckons we’ll be good in shape by March, which feels ambitious but because we have a clear idea of what we’re going to do might not be too difficult although it is going to be expensive!

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3 Responses to Allotment Adventures: Worse Before it’s Better

  1. Sharon says:

    I feel your pain.

    • nicdempsey says:

      You’d know having to move site as you did, but if there’s a hill I’m going to die on, it’s how you leave your plots for the next generation. I accept that new people want to move things around but I wouldn’t want the person who gets my plot in 30 to 40 years time to have to clear it before they could grow anything, in fact, I’d be mortified. Allotments are hard enough work as it is!

      • Sharon says:

        I think treating your plot as a place to grow food rather than a place to dump rubbish is a good place to start. Don’t talk to me about teeny tiny pieces of plastic…

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