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confused

Spent a few hours up the allotment

Like it says
  Spent a few hours up the allotment today ,the ground was soaking but I managed to tidy up one of the raised beds , put some cow manure on the top ready for when we get some nice weather and I can give it a wee fork in .
I then went and played with my hens for a bit 1hr or so, clipped the wings on 15 hens ,  they cant normally go anywhere as the run has a top on it , but if I'm up there I let out into a bigger area which only has a 4ft fence but it's a nice wee bit fresh for them if they get out onto it for a couple of hours a day . The big bonus was just being out and about even if I did need to dodge a couple of hail showers .
Rena

I love days like that (even the dodging part!) I'm not too familiar with allotments, only what I'm learning on here. Is yours very big? And do you keep your poultry at the allotment?
confused

Yes it's fair size veg garden really , approx. 30yard's  x  15yard's , and I keep the chickens up there on another piece of land about the same size , I have another allotment near my house just a wee bit bigger , it keeps me out of mischief .
Rena

Wow! That is nice sized! And I have no doubt you have very little time for getting into trouble! Do you have any pics?
confused

I will get some up once we get a nice day ,(if that ever happens   )
maltoid

Well done to you, I keep looking at mine and thinking I will do that soon but other things always seem to get in the way.
Rena

confused wrote:
I will get some up once we get a nice day ,(if that ever happens † )


I'll be looking out!!
confused

maybe  some pictures today ?? I always say that my garden looks as good as any under 6 inch's of snow  
Digindeep

As many know on this forum, I kept two allotments for many years.
They started off at £5 a year, which was the cost for most of the years.
Will say privately  owned, in the last few years the cost trebled and then 5 times.
The Guy who owned the plots had his own rules and was offered a sum off money by a developer.

I had a few word with him and , well finally I was outed..................
That was three years back, some allotmenters still remain....
Sold or not no one knows, rents are now well over the top.

The point being, Private or Council, they hold the upper hand

For Rena....the average allotment is 10 poles, considered during the war years enough to feed the average family... many, many still exist, often passed on from father to son.
I can still remember my Pops (Grandad's) plot, tendered with loving care, days I  spent with him, memories that still live with me.

The allotments ................now a housing estate.....................
Rena

confused wrote:
maybe †some pictures today ?? I always say that my garden looks as good as any under 6 inch's of snow †


! And here we sit with not even a dusting. ... .
Rena

Digindeep wrote:
For Rena....the average allotment is 10 poles, considered during the war years enough to feed the average family... many, many still exist, often passed on from father to son.
I can still remember my Pops (Grandad's) plot, tendered with loving care, days I †spent with him, memories that still live with me.

The allotments ................now a housing estate.....................


Thank you! Your allotments sound similar to our recently developed 'community gardens'.... Only, one of these said shared garden spots in our area, seem to be the same size as one of your single allotments! ! I really, really like this allotment set up you all have access to. I have always been able to keep a garden where I live, and am really thankful for that too!
12Bore

Sadly we don't all have access, the nearest allotments to me, in the same town, are 5 miles away, with a 7 year waiting list!
Regardless of what HFW says, if the Council don't have the land, they cannot be forced to provide more allotments.
Digindeep

Yes, you are spot on 12bore...that's why I went onto privately owned allotments.
However who ever the owner, they have the upper hand.
We put the plots into good condition, removing brambles, adding manure, blah! blah! , blah!....then the problems started.

Rents rose, more restrictions....in fact as I removed my G/H the owner tried to claim it....Yeah ! some chance. Its now in MY garden.

For donkeys years it was always a safe haven, took my G'sons, they ran free, great community feeling, Owner passed on, son took over.

££££££ signs became the daily norm...rents flew up, restrictions ect.

Its no different with the council owned plots, ££££££'s is the answer to all..

Sorry after over 30+ years, of owning or being around allotments, I've become very 'off.........

From my childhood, Grandad, I've always know allotments, today they are just £££££ earners.
confused

I waited 9 years for an allotment then I got one on a private site £80 p/a, 3 years later I was allocated a council one £30 p/a  but it was in such a state that I got it rent free for the first year , but honestly what a mess it was , this will be my first year at trying to grow any thing on it , so fingers crossed  
Digindeep

Confused, I sincerely wish you well and hope it all works out in your favour.  

Its always a long hard slog to get it up 'a standard'

I'm now re-doing all the work of yesterday, luckily, at last my own garden, no more allotments, all mine

Three years on and still nowhere near what I once had. Seven small beds at present, loads of clay to deal with, loads of compost and manure already dug in...

I will as soon as possible grow the vegetables I once did and share with friends. However this will take a  few more years as yet.

Best of luck, wish you well
confused

Well I was up today and planted out 12 Cauliflower plants , 12 Spring cabbage , 12 Broccoli, 25 silver onion sets , 25 red onion sets , 10 shallots, as well as 10 Estima potatoes , and 20 Epicure ,  Maybe a wee bit early but I will be busy in a few weeks and I wanted to make a start .
confused

I hope I'm not too early , but I have been busy these past couple of days planting a few tatties , Red Duke of York, Pink Firs , Record, and Charlotte. I usually wait until nearer the end of the month but , needs must and it was dry so I've taken the chance , also sown a few seeds , Leeks , Cauli, Cabbage and a some carrots ,beetroot ,turnip, and spring onion . this morning I picked up 20 bags of horse dung for the new allotment ,I have just a few yards from my home , it's going to be a bit of work , but i'll get there .
Christine

Hmm well I've got a few things under fleece but it did snow yesterday early morning within a ten mile radius so I'm hoping I don't have to sow again. Am holding on for a few days to see what next week does.
sod

Started seed planting for winter garden

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