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Plan

I have decided to change my initial plan.  After Storm number 2 of winter 2020/21, I decide not to erect the plastic greenhouse at the allotment but in my garden instead.  This is because I can better keep an eye on it when the next storm batters my part of the UK.  I will be planting herbs where the greenhouse was to go on the allotment.  The rectangle space between the kale and broad beans will be where my seed potatoes go in March 2021.

 

The plan looks as follows:

 

 

Potatoes

 

 

Cut

Flowers

Compost

Good compost is essential

Compost Bins

These are my bins.  The far right bin was made from an old leaky water butt.  I simply cut a large hole in the bottom to allow for liquid drainage (it wasn't that leaky) and then a square in the front so that I can get a spade in.

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My Open Compost Heap

This was made from an old rotary washing line, chicken wire and a disused aggregate delivery bag

Covers

Using an old palette to keep the compost from blowing away.  It gets very windy up on the allotment.

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Netting

Shed

Provides shelter from the rain

(if nothing else)

I've tried three types:

The first, a close net in white which I used to protect my cabbages against the cabbage white butterfly.  I had a reasonable success with this and grew some lovely cabbages - better than the person who actually donated the plants to me.  This was by his own admission by-the-way.

 

The second was an expensive green netting with its own carbon fibre supporting rods.  This was used to protect against both birds and butterflies.  Very good and very secure but very expensive.

The third, was a cheaper more courser black netting with wire supports.  It stops the birds and butterflies.

All three were purchased during the first of the 2020 lockdowns.  I needed them quick because the plants were being devoured.  I had to get them from a large American online market place company, I would rather have supported a UK Garden Centre but, at the time, they were deemed non-essential and were closed.  Needs must I'm afraid.

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A shed is a must but it's not a good idea to leave anything valuable in it.  I ordered mine from Argos in July 2020 and it arrived from the supplier

3 months later.  Luckily for me the allotment is not far away because we had to carry it a section at a time from my garden to the allotment via my neighbour's garden.  They have a private entrance to the allotment and it saved me going up the road with it. However, before I could put it all together, I had to put a base down for it.  That very same neighbour had a lot of old flag stones to get get rid of so I used about 12 of them for the base.

 

In order to stop the shed from blowing away in a storm I bought a metal fence post spike and fence post.  I drove the spike into the ground just behind the shed and then inserted the post into the spike.  I duly screwed post and shed together.  However, when the storm that arrived on Boxing Day 2020 was announced, I tied the shed to another spike using washing line - just for added security.  All night as the wind howled I had visions of it blowing away or ending up smashed to pieces.  However, when I checked next morning, it was still in situ.