Cuts, stings & clearing things

The top corner, pre-clearing Clear! Area around the cold frame more clear Lots more broken glass lying around Old bath and more glass in the undergrowth


Some of the things found hiding in the bushes Colman's Mustard The Inventor's Shed

I went down to the allotment on Saturday morning to have a bit more of a tidy up at the back of the plot. The corner was the main focus of my attention, I spent about 3 hours cutting it back in the end, but before I’d started any of that I met one of our neighbours, a nice guy called Andy. He’s only had his plot for a year so it’s all fairly new for him too. It hasn’t stopped him building a great shed though, something I’d like to get round to eventually.

The corner was mostly full of twisted brambles, nettles and other sharp, spikey things. In amongst the organic hazards were a number of man-made dangers, comprising mostly of shards of broken glass. After getting to grips with the brambles, I got one of our many buckets and filled it with the glass bits, removing as much as I could manage from the soil. The majority of the glass was just behind the cold frame, where I assume it was dumped after ‘Old Bob’ had finished replacing a broken pane, or 12.

As with most of the other clearing that we’ve done, part of the work has involved discovering long-lost goodies buried deep in the greenery. From the corner I managed to pull: 2 Wheelbarrows; 1 Small metal bath (with leaky bottom); 1 Large metal bath (Full of water); A flattened, bottomless bin; 2 Watering cans; Last but not least, I found another stash of plate glass wedged behind the apple tree that we have growing in the corner, I’ve yet to fish it out.

One Response to “Cuts, stings & clearing things”

  1. Simon Kirby Says:

    I’m convinced there are allotment fairies who make it their job to bury broken glass and sheets of corrugated iron on untended allotments. This Autumn I dug out a wheelbarrow full of broken glass from under the back hedge and at a previous site I managed to fill a bath with broken glass (nice of the fairies to leave the bath though).

    Enjoy your allotmenting.

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