There was no friday for working outside last week as I was down in Bournemouth with work on a ‘4 Days to Launch’ away week. I’m an interaction designer at the agency Mint Digital and you can see what the 3 teams produced on our blog post ‘What we made at 4D2L‘
Work having returned to normal this week, I prepared to spend another productive and educational day at OrganicLea on my Friday off. However, having packed my panier with both a clean and dirty set of clothes (I got rather muddy last time!) I got sidetracked by something at the bottom of the road. The council were pollarding the trees on my street, and not wanting to pass up the opportunity for free gardening material, I stopped and asked them if it was ok to take some of the wood they had chipped up. They said that was fine, so I returned to the flat to collect… a wheelie bin! Luckily our recycling had been taken that morning, so we had an empty bin which was perfect for wheeling down the road, getting filled up by the chippings from the tree and then wheeling to the front of the T&RA house.
So my plans then changed from a day at OrganicLea to a day at the allotment. I’d left a few tidying up jobs after making the new raised beds, so this gave me the opportunity to sort stuff out. It won’t make a very exicting blog post but i’m going to document it anyways.
The jobs I needed to complete at the allotment were:
- Try and deter mr fox
- Remove the pile of weeds i’d dug up for the new raised beds
- Transfer the newly collected chippings through into the allotments for us to use.
Job 1: Deter mr fox
We have a resident fox who I have disturbed from his peaceful hang out the last 3 times I went to visit the allotment. Just to recap, our allotment is a small patch of space at the back of the local Tenants & Residence Association house attached to the estate where we live. The front half of the garden is for the house, and they turned the last section at the back into 3 little plots for lucky residence. The fox likes to sit in the sun infront of the bamboo plant which he gets to via a hole at the back and via my patch. He likes to dig holes in my beds, mess things up and sometimes leaves me nasty little brown presents which I don’t appreciate The least I can do is try and deter him from such an inviting site to hang out in, which is what i’ve tried to do…
Job 2: Remove the weeds
I’d been putting this off, as it wasn’t going to be a fun job, and as with all not-fun-jobs, it’s even more not-fun when you leave things out in the rain, and they gett soggy & muddy!
Job 3: Bring the chippings through to the allotment
With each return trip from the front to the back of the house once i’d deposited the weeds into the council wheelie bin, I brought back a bag of the chippings. The hardest thing about this job is the fact that you’ve got to carry the bag of stuff with one hand, while you hold your wellies in the other! (The T&RA house have lovely new carpets which i’m trying very hard not to ruin with mud!).
I used the first load of chippings along the path that leads to where the allotment plots are, and rest i’ve left back there (covered) for using on the paths once i’ve sorted out a decent membrane and done the worst of the weeding.
(P.S. There’ll be no post next week as i’m on holiday)