Wednesday, 2 July 2008

And the winners are ...

Thank you for all the lovely comments on my last post - and I'm sorry I've been inexcusably lax in responding to you all :-(

Anyway, according to the handy dandy integer generator at random.org (apparently relying on atmospheric noise to generate true randomness. Yes, quite), the winning comments were numbers 6 and 23, which by my reckoning are a pair of Trac(e)ys - Peppermint Patcher (pink spots) and Dragonfly(Ikea print - you may need sunglasses!) Ladies, if you email me with contact details I'll get them in the post with all due haste.

I'll leave you with a couple of terrifying pics of the allotment I am helping to cultivate.

Before:


After 90 minutes hard slog in blazing sunshine:


This patch is so full of roots and weeds it's going to take us weeks to get it anywhere near presentable - the bit I worked on has been dug in the past but the rest is near virgin territory and colonised by 4 foot nettles. Gulp.

24 comments:

  1. It's a jungle out there. Is it worth hiring a rotavator and then doing the old carpet trick over the winter?

    You're going to have very big muscles!

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  2. It seems you and Dragonfly need to swap allotment stories!

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  3. What a great day to be a Trac(e)y!

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  4. Congratulations girlies.

    If you want an easier start you could always come do my garden?!? I'm just saying is all....

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  5. Don't worry too much about doing everything straight away. It will take time. Honestly, it's taken us ages and ages to clear ours. But it will get there eventually.

    We found the best thing was to clear just enough space to plant one thing. Then you can tend and harvest this while clearing the rest. It provides a bit of a break from digging (as well as a bit more gratification)... K x

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  6. How exciting! I've never won anything before!
    I'm in despair over my allotment. I had such (naive) plans for it...
    In the end, I've done what Kristina advises and although I've got a few things in, the rest is a jungle.
    A rotivator is definitely the bit of kit to have but I can't afford one at the moment...

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  7. Wow, no need to go to the gym while there is an allotment! Like Ali sugested a rotavator may come in handy, to save your back. Good luck.

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  8. how exciting! if back breaking......... looking forward to more update photos!

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  9. Well done to the lucky winners!!

    Blimey - that looks like the allotment I tried to cultivate once......

    I'm sure you'll do far better than me though! Good luck with the digging and just think of all the fantastic exercise you're getting!

    I agree totally with Kristina - tackle it gradually and get something growing to spur you on.

    Radishes are always quick to grow.

    xxxx

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  10. It's incredible your sometime soon allotment looks just like ours! Nettles to get lost in. We even found a trailer in amongst the jungle. I won't mention the grass snakes. Lovely to see basking in the sun once I'd got over the shock!

    Good luck and remember to find out where the dock leves are !!!

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  11. Congrats to the Traceys. You better go rest up. You have your work cut out for you!

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  12. Yay you got an allotment!! I would like one eventually. I am going to watch your progress avidly!

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  13. Well done the winners... and good luck with the digging!

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  14. Eek! Watch out for those nettles :o) You did a really good job with clearing the allotment. It looks fantastic :o)

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  15. Congratulations to the winners!

    On the allotment front the best advice I can give you is get hold of a strimmer if possible and cut everything down as short as you can (the weeds don't like it!!!) then tackle little manageable bits at a time - we divided ours up into raised beds - and get some courgettes or peas or beans in soon so you have some produce to show for your hard work! Good luck!!! Lucy xxx

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  16. Well done with the digging and good luck for the rest of it. Don't envy you that job

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  17. Good luck. I think my garden might look like that first picture soon: I'm hiding inside the air conditioned house all day long these days. It's being completely neglected.

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  18. that looks like a mammoth task! You'll definitely have to pace yourselves! Love the birthday pics in the last post - sounds like a wonderful time was had by all!

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  19. Those photos remind me so much of our old allotment, it felt like we were digging for England!! Good luck with it
    Kimx

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  20. That allotment makes my muscles ache just LOOKING at the darned thing, never mind digging it. I think having the photos is a great idea - so you can monitor how far you've got with it.

    Congratulations to your giveaway winners. x

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  21. LilD - If it was hot enough here to need AC you can bet I'd be hiding inside too instead of digging!

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  22. A lady next to me has taken on a plot with 4 foot high weeds- she has strimmed it, burnt the weeds that she strimmed, left for a week or so until it started to grow again, sprayed it with roundup and was today rotivating it again. Only problem with rotivating it when it's high in weeds is that you can spread them around and make it worse for yourself long term. Like Kristina says it can take ages but is so worth it, just take it a bit at a time then you will carry on loving it and not wonder what the heck you have taken on!!
    You will have such fun with it though, can't wait to see more photos as you progress further!

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  23. Fantastic work already with the allotment - what a difference a spade makes!

    Lucky winners!

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  24. good luck with that!

    I like the romantic idea of an allotment... the hard digging scares the hell out of me.

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