Sunday, August 20, 2006

The Full Picture

Today we spent a couple of hours trying to clear some more ground at the allotment. With so many other demands on our time the job is taking a LONG time.

As the plot next to ours has now been cleared for a new allotmenteer it has given the opportunity for a full length photograph of our allotment; providing some perspective to the time it will take us to clear the ground.

The above picture has not been compressed (unlike the other pictures in this blog), so clicking on it will allow it to be viewed in more detail. The area of the allotment that we have been cultivating up until now can be seen as a mere drop in to ocean compared to the allotment's full length.

Thursday, August 17, 2006

Pickled Beetroot!!

As winter approaches it's time to store our provisions for the long cold months...unfortunately this is limited to three jars of beetroot, so we may have to rely on the supermarket for a little while longer.

This is the highlight of the allotment so far for Emma so we just have to wait and see how the pickling turns out.

Sunday, August 13, 2006

Preparing for next year

Today we pulled up the last of the beetroot, leaving just a few carrots and spring onions...and the ever-producing beans. Since the demise of the thin fleece the new rocket that we sowed seems to have given up completely.

Now is the time to start preparing for next year's crops. The first task of which is clearing the large area of the allotment that has not been touched since we first took on the allotment...which in reality means since the 1970s.

A couple of hours constant digging in the rock-hard earth resulted in a massive blister and a small corridor through the wilderness. Many more hours are needed to be spent on this, and then comes the even bigger task of designing the allotment for next year!

At least I know that I am not wasting my time at the allotment..I am obviously a fashion leader...although being called a eco-warrior is possibly a step too far!