Thursday, 19 January 2012

A new year, a new start....


You may remember in March last year I covered part of my plot in a sheet of black plastic to kill off all the weeds etc. This is what it looked like then:

Well it stayed like that the whole year long but we were finally determined to get it dug. So we wrapped up warm (the temperature on the dashboard said -1oC!) and we got stuck in.  I was hoping that the plastic and dead stuff had insulated the ground so it wasn't too frozen to dig and thankfully I was right! So far we've managed to dig this much:

Don't be too impressed though - look at that bit in relation to the rest of the plot...... The dug bit is top right - you might need to zoom in :-)

We've moved the plastic down a bit. I think there's only another couple of metres of dead stuff left for us to dig through now and the rest is covering a bunch of weeds that need dealing with in a previously dug part of the plot....

In the forefront of that piccie you can just about make out George's leeks. Here's a "better" piccie:

You can just about make them out in with all those weeds! I really must deal with them to give those poor leeks a chance....

This is my patch of onions - not doing too badly! I'm quite pleased with them. They have dealt with the Christmas neglect well....

 Just in case you're not convinced that we really were out digging in freezing conditions - here is some of the ice we had to shift off the plastic before we could peel it back!

And I'm hoping this photo serves as a "before" photo that I can compare to the lovely neat and tidy "after" one I'll be able to show you next week.... Or maybe the week after :-)

Happy digging!

Love 'n' hugs,


  1. The black plastic will have keep the soil reasonably dry too - ours is like mud so no chance of any digging yet!

  2. Looking good Mel. And did you know you can eat some of those weeds, lol. xx

  3. Absolutely brilliant - I haven't started my digging yet - but did cover up most of my bare patches with thick plastic and dug over the other bits early winter.

    Looking forward to this year allotment wise - and I bet you are too

  4. hello Mel

    Just popped over to thank you for the comments left on my allotment blog

    Looking forward to seeing how you get on this year.

    Glad we caught a few hours up mine yesterday - it's been raining cats and dogs again here - sigh - and I so wanted to clean out my banties. Still - at least all the stuff I planted will have been watered in