Day off today and rain forecast for the afternoon, so it was straight up to lottsville after dropping my daughter at preschool.
The aim was to start to tackle the creeping invasion of grass into the allotment. The plot is a full metre narrower at the ‘bottom’ end (brassicas this year) compared to the top (fruit), and – as well as a very wobbly path – that’s partly due to the grass insurgency.
Part of the trouble is that the path and growing area are on the same level, so it’s difficult to create a distinct ‘edge’. Perhaps next winter I’ll think of a way to raise up the paths…
Anyhoo, I spent a chilly hour or so working from the path (avoiding stepping on the claggy soil) with a hand fork and managed to get a few metres sorted. I dug a bit of a trench as a I went, to slow down a repeated invasion.
Another reason for cracking on with this is that our beloved community composting site in the village is closing at the end of the month, as council austerity bites the gardeners of South Gloucestershire. Boo hiss. So, I want to get as many large-scale weeding jobs done while I can ditch the results in the community heap.