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Taming the plot

This is short series of blog posts intended to help me review progress and share my journey with others.

Taming a patch of land, often head high with brambles is daunting and hard work.  If you are regenerating a plot, you won’t need to pay for gym membership too!

Plot 48 is my second plot and where possible, I’ve compared and contrasted the approaches I took as a ‘newbie’ plotter ten years ago with plot 34.

Regenerating an overgrown plot – Clearing

Regenerating an overgrown plot – Digging

Regenerating an overgrown plot – Planning

Regenerating an overgrown plot – Research

Regenerating an overgrown plot – Lists

Regenerating an overgrown plot – Weeds

Regenerating an overgrown plot – twelve months on

It’s worth remembering that when I took on plot 34, I applied the ‘little and often’ approach and created a number of 8×4 beds.  It took four years before I was satisfied the whole 10 rod plot was under cultivation.  That is probably about average for one person with a mostly full time job and children to be wrangled.

I moved to plot 48 because I had no viable alternative.  That set my timeline – I had to get the ground ready by winter so I could transplant my fruit trees, roses and peonies in the new site.  It was frankly a bonkers timescale and I would certainly not recommend as an approach to new plotters.  But it demonstrates what’s possible when necessary!

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