.Monday 15th February
It's so much warmer this morning, We came out with all our winter layers on and have had to remove a few! And then the sun came out.
The ground is still pretty solid after the cold snap so no digging today, but we set about clearing the third bed and the path around it ready for digging out all that couch grass on Friday.....oh joy!! We have decided to keep one of the many brambles, a very strong, healthy looking specimen, in the hope it is a good fruiter. It is now pruned back and trained (tied with string) against the dodgy fence. Time will tell.
Clearing bed 3 involved cutting back the couch grass etc. , digging out disintegrating plastic sheeting - saving the vital red worms in the process, scraping the paths and digging out the other brambles....good warm work. In the process Rachel dug up our first caterpillar....she reckons could be a moth.
Welcome interruptions came in the form of two fellow allotment holder's curious as to what we were planning as the community allotment holders. Interesting chats with both of them and then the pièce de résistance one of them gave us two lovely cabbages....we feel part of something.
Greening Stoke is a project run in partnership between Festival Stoke and Letting in the Light. We are based in Stoke-on-Trent.
We are started this adventure in January 2021 in the middle of a national lockdown. Gradually, as things begin to open up, close down and then open up again, Rachel and Anne abided by all the Covid-19 Government guidance, worked in a socially distanced way, to prepare and maintain Plot 33 so that they were eventually able to invite the community to work with them.
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