Mom got busy first and cleared the top level of weeds.
Then I used my pond-digging skills to create a path and a raised bed that we secured with some wood stolen from my dad's collection. Before dark, we were able to put in a row of bell peppers and cucumbers that we will trellis on the fence. Next up, put some chips down on the paths and create the other beds. However, Mom has been quite busy. She's cleared out the unproductive raspberry brambles and the south beds, which are now fully of tomatoes and asparagus growing fantastically.
The thing we need next is a nearby garden shed where we can have our tea. That's what Sean and his allotment friends do, unless they're having a cold beer (see one of the Geoff episodes).
Allotment gardens are widespread and here in the U.S. are similar to the community garden movement along with the "victory gardens" from WWII. I don't know much about the historical roots of either movement right now, but here are a few links of interest:
- Short overview of allotments in England
- Description plus a more global peek on Wikipedia
- Meet Sean and Vivi through their 2014 movies - a compilation of the show highlights over the whole year. If you're a gardener at all, you'll probably love these.
If you know more or have a link to share, please do so in the comments.
June 9 update
Mom has really dug into our project. I am feeling the slacker.
|View from the south. There are raised beds along this side with asparagus (far right), tomatoes, as well as hollyhocks.|
|Getting in upper-body work for sure. New beds already dug in. Mom is a hard act to follow.|
|I was just thinking we needed a place to have our lemonade and admire our work.|
|Best reuse of tires: squash planters. The wire will keep the chickens out until the plants establish themselves.|