I had my plot (The Jungle, plot number 3) for a year and put a lot of work into bringing it back into production. During this time the plot next door stood idle.
It was uncultivated, covered in weeds – docks, lupins, poppies. bind weed, ground elder and nettles covered the beds and paths. The plot holder was abroad and the plot just went wild.
During the first year I dropped a couple of subtle hints – and a number of totally unsubtle blatant hints as well- that if it was to become available I’d be interested in taking it on. One of the thoughts behind this was just to control the weeds.
In April 2016 I got a call from the Secretary – the plot was now vacant and that the committee had discussed it and were happy for me to take it on. I thought about it for a while and three seconds later snapped it up.
One of the commanding features of the plot was a massive pampas grass which dominated the front of the plot.
Whilst it would have looked great in the center of a large lawn it was out of place on an allotment and was the first thing to be earmarked for expulsion.
There’s 5 beds on the plot
For some reason there is a large number of bathroom p0rcelain on site – 5 toilets so each of the bed has it’s own en-suite
The front fence was rickety and had seen better days – although I’m pretty sure that even in its’ heyday it wasn’t much better
The back of the plot had previously had ducks so it has itsy bitsy housed for either ducks or gnomes as well as a Gnomes bus shelter
the greenhouse needs some TLC – or probably a nuke
and theres a trough for a fire pit
OK so first thing to do is to show that it’s under new management so a rebuild of the front fence was in order. This gives a massive combined frontage to the plot.
The Jungle is plot number 3 on the site and for some strange historical quirk these New Territories are numbered 1&2 – so my two plots are numbered 1&2 and 3. Couldn’t find a ‘&’ door number so I’ve just numbered it plot 2.
As I hadn’t been really expecting to get the New Territories this year I’ve just planted squash to cover and break up the ground whilst I get my head around it and decide how to lay it out.