Slow allotment gardening in the life of a busy family
Wednesday, 22 April 2009
The hole in the weed pile
Over the winter this hole has appeared in our weed pile. This photo doesn't really show the scale of it, but it's probably fox sized. The weed pile is the major blot on our plot. Inherited from the previous owners, it's something that we keep meaning to get rid of, but it's not that easy. We could burn the top, uncomposted layer, but we're a 'no burn' plot because at home we're annoyed by smoke from a nearby allotment site and we know all too well the nuisance it causes. The composted layers are full of pernicious weeds which would just come to life again if spread on the soil. So we're in negotiation with the Council about its removal. Beside the weed pile are sheets of corrugated iron which we also inherited, and which also need to be moved. In the long term we plan to relocate our existing compost bins there and to reclaim some earth for growing.
But for the moment we have this:
Taken back in January, this shot doesn't do justice to the full horrible-ness of this area. But back to the hole in the pile. We feel rather stuck now - something has obviously made a comfy lair, so what do we do? My idea is to wait until the weather gets warmer and then start to shift the pile once and for all. Any other thoughts?