Blog – Weekly Working Party – 12th March 2020 Report

A guest is like rain: when he/she lingers on, he/she becomes a nuisance. The nicest thing I can say about the rain is that it always stops. You know you’re British when #rain and #torrential are trending. The most British thing that’s ever happened: our 10.30 working party club didn’t get postponed because of rain.

Thanks to Derek who joined me and Gill who gave us morale support and direction on another cold and damp morning.

THE PATHS

They continue to be very wet and muddy. We put down more pallets across the them to create pathways, please be careful on the site.

Putting the pallets onto the paths was a challenge. It was like a scene from ‘Last of the Summer Wine (LOTSW)’.

Derek found four pallets joined together by nails and plastic ties from a plot vacated in late 2019. In true LOTSW he said you get one end and I’ll get the other and we can get them to the path!. To my horror and no little surprise, we tried three times and failed.

Next up, he got his wheel barrow and we placed it under one end of the pallets, which I held and then he pulled the pallets from the other end. Guess what, the wheelbarrow and pallets sunk into the path!

Round three and brute force came into play. Between us we pulled the pallets apart. I have to say, Derek does not give up, me I would have been long gone. We did it.

Well done Derek

On a serious note, please be careful on the site.

The Hazel Trees

Derek planted a number of Hazel trees in one corner of the field (Just past the Cabin) last autumn.  We decided to spread them out, and managed to move a few of them. The ground was incredibly wet, which forced us to leave the last couple of trees for another time.  We gave up when Derek lost his wellie!

The hazel (Corylus) is a genus of deciduous trees and large shrubs native to the temperate Northern Hemisphere.  Hazelnuts are the easiest nuts to grow – perfect for nervous would-be nutters! 

Tractor Mower Service

The container looks empty while the tractor mower is away being serviced.  High Trees, in Horforth has it and the small petrol mower.  They were picked up on Monday morning last, so hopefully we will see them again soon. 

The Wildflower Bed

As soon as the ground recoverys a bit and it is not so wet we will hire the ‘Turf Cutter’ for a couple of days.  The Beebombs will make a splendid display. We can help bring the bees back! They are Hand made in Dorset, 

Beebombs are a mix of 18 British wildflower seeds, fine, sifted soil and locally sourced clay. The seeds are native species and designated by the Royal Horticultural Society as “Perfect for Pollinators”.  Beebombs just need to be scattered onto cleared ground to create a wildflower meadow that will #bringthebeesback.

Join us next time, Thursday 19th of March, 2020. Bring your own tea or coffee. Come for just a chat, you don’t have to do anything. It is a social thing as well.

Ken

Chair of Alwoodley Allotment Society

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