Well, the weather today has arguably been the best it has all year!

It had been forecast to be that nice from about last Tuesday, so today down at The Plots, we took full advantage of the utterly gorgeous sunshine, rolled our sleeves up, applied plenty of sun-block, and got firmly stuck in.

With so many volunteers turning up, we were able to get on with and in most cases finish jobs.  These included sanding and painting the lids of the top compost bins to make them suitable for working on -potting seedlings and such, digging over three beds ready for planting, clearing a length of path ready to be wood-chipped early next week, re-inforcing the sides of another bed and fully preparing the soil in it, making excellent ‘Plot soup’ to be later enjoyed by volunteers accompanied by home-made bread and lighting a fire to bake potatoes, amongst others.

All in all, a very busy and fulfilling day!

As a final ‘confirmation’ that spring really is well under way, after some discussion, it was agreed that the bed previously re-inforced and prepared should be planted in. 

So, in one side, in thirteen rows about a foot or so apart, various herbs were planted, and in the other side, thirteen rows of flowering plants.  Strictly speaking, the planting of flowers is not really allowed on allotments, but it was agreed that not only would these plants be very good for the local bee population, and therefore the pollenisation of  our vegetables, many of the plants, being Nasturtiums could be re-planted when large enough to provide us with excellent ‘ground cover’ for the otherwise barren-looking banking at the top of our plots.  They will also be trained to climb around some interesting ornamental features in the Child-Friendly Plot.  Oh, and all the flowers are edible!

Burning the rubbish last thing.

Burning the rubbish last thing.

When Nick left well at after nine this evening, Diane, Jon and Ruth were still busy putting the earlier fire to good use and burning vast amounts of clippings and old brambles, of course always aware of possible smoke and its effect on our neighbours.  Burning of waste is only as a last resort -everything else is used and re-used!

If you click on the image, you’ll see a much-enlarged version, and you’ll notice that we use an old oil drum with the bottom cut out for this kind of fire.

After we’ve eaten our fill of potatoes, we simply put this drum over the still-glowing embers, propped on a few old house-bricks, add a little dry newspaper to the embers to re-started the flames, then simply add anything we need to burn into the top.

We find that the drum has a ‘chimney’ effect, drawing the air in the bottom, and any dry clippings or brambles burn very quickly.  Of course, the last thing we do before leaving for the night is to make sure the fire is totally safe

No-one seemed to have left any washing out!

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