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Spring has arrived at the Allotment
by Ellis Hayward on March 21st, 2016

​Well, it’s that time of year again. The first bumble bees have been seen, even a hedgehog outside our cottage. The poly tunnel has survived the winter winds and Ellis and I have started to erect the aluminium staging which is looking good. The lower shelves are now sporting a selection of pots and multi-trays ready for action. The allotment is looking good although there are plenty of jobs to be done: beds to dig over, wellingtons to be washed, beds and sheds to be painted with preservative, potatoes to be planted etc. 

Other projects include the construction of a dew pond – possibly to be under-taken by students from Derby College Buxton – and an herb garden. Also an area for herbaceous plants on pallet staging which will hopefully later in the year come up for sale. A more productive feeding station for birds may be set-up. Some more difficult jobs in the garden such as re-roofing the leaky shed, cutting back the hedge by the lane and disposing of a large pile of old fencing may be done by Cemex, who for the last two years have done us proud by constructing fences, gates and generally helping us out on their Community days.
It is good to be back on the allotment and the recent sunny weather has been a bonus. What could be better than relaxing by a picnic table in the garden watching the wildlife come and go and soaking up the peaceful atmosphere?

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