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When I am not thinking about making books I am thinking about the garden.
January 6, 2017, 10:04 am
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This is my allotment it is uncompromisingly industrial. It has no smooth edges. It is rammed full of materials from building sites. It is at one with concrete and breeze blocks.

It is what it is and the man who created it was not concerned with creating a narrative that is promoting beauty and loveliness he was making a garden that produced prize winning produce. He created structures that could withstand winters and would not fall down.

He made wide open beds and several raised beds. He loved to pour concrete and he never seen a scaffolding pole he didn’t like.  The garden is a temple of Dexion. Dexion is an industrial shelving system and it is every where.

So I have been on this site for one year now and this is what I have learnt.

Restore everything and beauty is a lie.


If you have an allotment with a lot of structure then add more structure. I particularly like the hose pipe control we have added when the man seen it he said ‘does that thing shoot lasers?’ I am going to have another one for the other side.

What I am going to do is reduce some of the noise thats going down. I am going to remove all the rusted Dexion that is holding up the green debris netting  and replace it with wooden fence posts and new netting which is dark. I am going to paint all the rusting scaffolding pole with primer and metal paint. I am going to remove the piles of bricks, breeze blocks and blue water barrels. If it’s broken I am going to fix it. I am going to tone down the harsh yellow of the water pipes that are used to support netting on brassicas.


I am going to paint the shed. I am going to put new netting on the grow house which was used to grow chrysanthemums and change it’s use in to a fruit cage.


I am going to set the wheelie bin free by taking it to a back street and let it be with it’s ain folk. I am going to get stuck in to more paint action as soon as it has stopped raining.

I am going to put a couple of paths on the beds. Because it’s hard to access them for weeding, feeding and taking produce. I’ve been told by an old gardener that I need my arse kicked for doing this but let them kick. A bed this size is daunting and specific.  It’s a ‘five rows of 50’  kind of thing. I am going to put in three paths and and divide that area in to three beds I am going to use rows of chives and lavender to soften things. Weed suppressant fabric  is our friend especially the stuff that has pre-cut heat treated holes because nothing frays like weed suppressant fabric.


This is a traditional leek trench it did have a cover supported with bright yellow water pipe but it had failed in a really bad storm and I dismantled it because I can’t access the bed from all sides. I am going to reduce the height of the woods, repaint them and put up new wind break. The shed is going to be repainted.


Dexion and debris netting and at least ten watering cans. In the summer first thing in the morning I fill the watering cans and leave them out side the garden and when I come down in the afternoon they are at the right temperature to feed and water the plants.


This is the poly tunnel all tidied up for the winter. The two vines have been pruned and the little peach tree has been joined by a fig, olive, pomegranate and a kiwi fruit.


This is the corner of a green house where I have stored some of the summer squashes and I am going to make butternut squash soup for lunch.






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