How To

How To: Build Compost Bins

What does every good allotment need? Compost1 Before we started assembling anything, our first task was to work out how much room to dedicate to composting. We decided to go with a three stage operation & then use that metal enclosure for letting manure rot down for the following year.…

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How To: Raised Beds

At the moment, plot 38 feels more like a lumber mill than an allotment! On the weekend we took another delivery of lumber from a local reclamation yard & that should give us enough to complete most of the raised beds. (As a side note, I noticed they were using…

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Drafting out a plan…

Once we had cleared some ground and could get a handle on how much space we had to work with, I found myself doodling what our plot could look like – this way Becks and I had something to pull apart & discuss. Where to put the fruit, how many…

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Recipes

Rhubarb Cake

After a chance conversation with one of our fellow ‘lotties, turns out she also make a rhubarb cake rather than eating crumble all the time – personally, i think i could quite happily eat crumble as fast as we could grow it, but hey, why not try something a little…

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Rhubarb Crumble

So the good news is that mum had a recipe tucked away in her box of recipes in the cupboard – the bad news is that i took so few pictures ( because of messy hands), the few i had to choose from are dull and boring! You’ll just have…

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Progress Update: Day 09

Compost bins are now built & we’ve laid out another couple of beds. Also, the planks that Becks was using as a temporary deck have been chopped up to make the bins – but you can see the day bed that has now popped up Ended up posting both updates…

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Progress Update: Day 08

Pallets have now arrived! (thanks Jay..) & we’ve worked out roughly where the compost bins will be going – probably have to line them with black polythene to ensure the grass rots down & no seeds grow in the compost. I guess tomorrow’s job will be screwing these together into…

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Progress Update: Day 07

It dawned on us that its only been a week since we broke ground…10 days ago was the first time we set eyes on the plot! We’ve marked out a few more beds, tweaked the allotment plan a little & even dared to think about where we’ll be putting the…

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How To: Green Manure

“You wouldn’t go out naked in the Winter, don’t expect your beds to” Wise words from Mark @ learnhowtogarden.com on overwintering with green manure – I haven’t ventured over to his site yet, but this YouTube video sums up his thoughts. There is also an excellent article Green Manures –…

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The first post…

I wasn’t sure what to call our blog, that is, until we cut back the nettles and discovered our plot number – hence plot38.co.uk was born! So far, Becks and I have been busy clearing the ground, building raised beds & drawing up plans (currently we’re on draft number three)…

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