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Friday, 30 November 2012

Frosty start today but the sun is shining

Early on the allotment as the sun is shining. Despite the quite hard frost to start with, I managed to work up a sweat and advance the cause by another yard or so. I reckon I am about a third of the way now.

Saturday, 24 November 2012

It's slow going

I am advancing slowly down the new plot. I am having to go down to the red clay sub-soil, 2ft under the surface and the bramble roots still go down! 

The work consists of hacking away a chunk of earth from the "cliff-face" I am creating with the Azada and then working through each chunk with my fingers to pull out the twisting bramble roots. It takes about an hour to go across the plot, 2ft deep and about 1 ft forward. With 75 feet to go it will take some time....

I decided to take a break from the grind by starting to clear back the huge brambles from the boundary under the trees. It has made a huge difference to the daylight striking the plot. It has also left me with a massive bonfire to light if the rain ever stops to let it dry out.

Thursday, 8 November 2012

Nice weather, barrow will have to wait

At last a bit of dry sunny weather so I am attacking the new overgrown allotment. It's very hard going with quite heavy wet soil and loads of bramble roots. However a couple of days has seen a fair start underway. And anothe huge pile of roots to burn when they dry out. I am having to use the azada to go down 18 inches to get all the root out. A very slow heavy job.