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    Not much time today as I had to wait in at home most of the morning for a man to come and service my burglar alarm. I spent some of the time making soup and the rest of it clearing some stuff out of the garage to take to the tip for recycling.

    The tip is conveniently on the way to my favourite garden centre, and I'd rung them earlier to ask if their Lady C seed potatoes had arrived - they hadn't last week, but had now. I therefore went and bought a bag, along with some tomato seeds - Balconi Red as the older ones have not germinated, and Shirley as I have run out). I'd taken with me a bag of broken plant pots and modules for recycling, but sadly I was told that they can no longer do this as their contact had stopped taking them and everywhere else was too expensive . The pots will just have to go back in the garage until they are recyclable. I didn't buy anything else, which I thought was very restrained of me!

    By the time I got home (via the village for some shopping) it was nearly 3pm. I walked down to the plot to check how the tree men were getting on. They were putting the fence up at the far end, and had nearly finished that section. I tried to see where the fence line was relative to the tree trunks, but I couldn't really tell from the road. I will have to wait a while longer for that information.

    I checked round the plot and found that the birds had pulled quite a bit of the mulch around the raspberries onto the grass, the first time this has happened. I'm astonished it has taken them this long to be honest, and I'm not quite sure what to do about it. The lawn mower won't cope with bits of leylandii so I will have to put a stop to it somehow.

    The temperature in the hotbed is slowly creeping back up towards 10C now that the severe frosts have relented. Both rows of spinach are germinating but there is no sign yet of beetroot, mixed lettuce or carrot.

    I spent a little while pulling more weed seedlings out of the hedge bottom then went home.
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    A bit of time this afternoon so I spent an hour or so at the plot. I wanted to trim some of the grass that was starting to grow at the road end, and I had to half empty the shed to get at the mower, so it seemed a good opportunity to sort everything out in there too.

    I also removed one of the calabrese plants which was clearly dead (probably due to frost). The other 2 don't look at all happy either, and neither does the brokali.

    The mixed lettuces in the hotbed are showing signs of germination today.

    I'm not sure what the tree men are doing - they seem to have ground to a halt as there doesn't seem to be much progress with the fence they are putting up at the other end of the allotments.
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    The main job today was to add 6 more raised bed layers, which will enable me to have 2 3-layer hotbeds and 6 beds with 2 layers each. This required considerable help from Geepee, for which I am very grateful.

    With absolute inevitability the day we chose to do this was the day the tree men brought their lorry a lot nearer to my end of the allotments. Fortunately they left enough space between their lorry and the bus stop to park a car and we were able to get the job done without any problems.

    The tree men were making good progress by lunchtime and looked like they might reach my plot by the end of the day. I had things to do at home in the afternoon, but walked down at about 4pm to see how they were getting on. They were cutting all the branches off and had got about half way down my plot, where they were struggling with a wire fence that was embedded in the trees. They had moved the neighbour's shed forward and I was concerned that they may need to move mine, which I was not expecting - there isn't room to pull it forward much and there is absolutely no way I could put it back myself. It is also full of stuff that I have nowhere else to put. They agreed to try to get the trees down without moving the shed. They also agreed to take off a large branch of an ash tree which is overhanging the shed and could fall on it.

    I'm not able to get down there today until late afternoon (when it may or may not be dark) so I am just going to have to leave them to it and hope that all is ok when I next see it. Fingers crossed.
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    Managed to nip down to the plot yesterday afternoon just before it got dark. The men have cut all of the branches off the trees right to the end behind the wood shed, but there are still trunks about 3ft high which I assume they will cut down today. They have cut the big branch off the ash tree as I asked and they haven't moved the shed . It looks like they have taken all of the rubbish along the hedge line at the bottom of the neighbouring plot and then up his path to the gate, which means that the mess is restricted to the grass area near the hedge.

    Interestingly, now that the hedge has all but gone the plot looks a good deal smaller. This must be some sort of optical illusion, the difference between looking at a dark background (hedge) and a lighter one (garden) behind. No doubt it will change again when the fence goes up, which may well take them another week to complete.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Penellype View Post
    The main job today was to add 6 more raised bed layers, which will enable me to have 2 3-layer hotbeds and 6 beds with 2 layers each. This required considerable help from Geepee, for which I am very grateful.

    With absolute inevitability the day we chose to do this was the day the tree men brought their lorry a lot nearer to my end of the allotments. Fortunately they left enough space between their lorry and the bus stop to park a car and we were able to get the job done without any problems.

    The tree men were making good progress by lunchtime and looked like they might reach my plot by the end of the day. I had things to do at home in the afternoon, but walked down at about 4pm to see how they were getting on. They were cutting all the branches off and had got about half way down my plot, where they were struggling with a wire fence that was embedded in the trees. They had moved the neighbour's shed forward and I was concerned that they may need to move mine, which I was not expecting - there isn't room to pull it forward much and there is absolutely no way I could put it back myself. It is also full of stuff that I have nowhere else to put. They agreed to try to get the trees down without moving the shed. They also agreed to take off a large branch of an ash tree which is overhanging the shed and could fall on it.

    I'm not able to get down there today until late afternoon (when it may or may not be dark) so I am just going to have to leave them to it and hope that all is ok when I next see it. Fingers crossed.
    Your Very welcome M'Lady , pleased to be of assistance.
    Everything was looking 'Spik and Span' as per usual
    A Very different and much improved plot to that of last year this time.
    Congratulations on your achievement.
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    Today did not go to plan.

    I woke up to a white frost, which was not particularly unexpected. However, by 11am it was still only about 5 degrees and really chilly, so I decided to walk to the plot, check everything and harvest a beetroot, and then go back when things had warmed up in the afternoon, to dig some horsetail from the area near the rhubarb, which I reckoned should be dry enough. It was a gorgeous sunny day and without the hedge the whole plot was sunny. A 6ft fence will block some of it out, but nowhere near as much as that hedge. The men were busy knocking in fence posts at the other end of the allotments.

    All was going well until I was just about to leave for the plot, when I got a call from a colleague regarding work. By the time the issue was resolved well over an hour had disappeared without trace and there was no longer time to get started on something as time consuming as digging. it will have to wait.

    I did go back to the plot with my camera once the sun had gone behind the west hedge, and took a few photos of progress:

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    This shows the new raised beds as well as the lack of hedge.

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    Much more light in the area near the shed now that the big overhanging branch has gone.

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    The view across the other allotments, with the new fence posts visible in the distance.

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    Germinated spinach and lettuce in the hotbed.
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    Busy as usual for a Saturday but I managed to pinch an hour for the plot. I took some spare lettuce seedlings down with me and planted them in one of the mushroom trays in the tunnel as I had run out of space for them at home. I have a feeling I am going to have a glut of lettuce in about a month's time!

    The next job was to give the bed between the hotbed and the road a final dig over and remove any horsetail (there was a bit). I then put up a 2m long piece of mesh for the first lot of peas. Having dug the bed fairly deeply it was not easy to get the stakes in firmly enough to hold the mesh, but I managed in the end.

    Finally I watered the hotbed which was starting to look a bit dry round the edges and harvested a few PSB shoots from the tunnel.
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    A reasonably leisurely visit to the plot today. I dug over part of the bit near the rhubarb, removing horsetail, and weeded around the hedges again (lots more speedwell seedlings). Some of the bits of horsetail that came up were definitely showing signs of growing, so it may not be too long before it starts showing me where I have missed it, particularly with this warm weather.

    The urge to tidy up the hedge end of the plot was strong - there are bits of leylandii everywhere and piles of logs in places, but I resisted on the grounds that the men have not finished yet and will only make more mess. I contented myself with taking a couple of decent sized pieces of the large branch they have cut down to use as better weights on the tarpaulin.
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