Today I have been to the allotment, not once but twice. This dinnertime, I mined the loam heap. When we first got the plot, the soil was thick with grass roots. Much of it went in a big pile, and we put a tarp over the pile and just left it. The roots are still there, but they should be dead now. The soil and roots have a nice fibrous texture. I dug a load out, and put it in bags. The pile is down the far end, and I'm handing that bit back, so I do want to get as much of this loam as I can, while I still can.
Second time was later on. I went to pick up some of the big builder's bags I'd got from ebay. I got 19 of them for 50 quid, and I also got another 9 via freecycle. In my mind's eye, they were all white, but I've ended up with a range of different colours. That's 28 square metres of my plot capable of being converted to my new way of doing things. I dug up the first early spuds from the front of my plot, and did a bit of weeding of the bed the spuds had been in. Then I covered it with weed suppressing membrane. Tomorrow, I will be taking the membrane back off, and digging out a lot of the soil. The membrane will go into the shallow indentation, and these big bags will go on top of that. Into the big bags will go the soil I dug from beneath them, loam, and if possible, a load of horse manure. Then repeat until end of plot is reached.
2. Dig out soil.
3. Lay out membrane and cut to length.
4. Put big bags on top of membrane.
5. Fill bags with soil/loam/poo.
6. Plant stuff in them.
A lot of hard work, but hopefully worth it.
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