Is it strange that I’ve been looking forward to this day for a while now? For me there’s nothing better then getting your hands dirty and doing some proper hard graft, that’s exactly what was on the cards for our surprisingly dry Sunday.
Luckily for us our manure source was local and just down the road in the yard where we store all our vintage stock. We were told to help ourselves and was even allowed to borrow a trailer which made life so much easier. The manure in question was nicely rotted down (with some fresher helpings just placed on top of the pile) you couldn’t even smell it and it was packed full with lovely worms, perfect! We loaded up the trailer and drove it back to the allotment site where we pulled up outside and used a wheelbarrow each to transport it onto my Dad’s plot. A quick tea break and a spot of lunch and then we made two more trips to the manure pile with the trailer.
We started at 10am that morning and after loading and unloading three trailer’s full of manure we were done for the day… Our backs were starting to pay the price and the sun was setting at a rather spectacular time of 5pm. Two and a half trailers worth of manure went onto my Dad’s plot where he’ll be using it to cover his legume bed, rhubarb crowns and adding to the bottom of his potato trenches. Half a trailer went over to my plot and again I’ll be using it on my legume bed as well as mulching the archway, fruit bushes and perennial flowers. We had left a trailers worth of manure over at the storage unit because it was getting dark but we plan to head back this morning to fill one more load into the trailer for our allotments. I don’t think I’ll have enough for my plot and I have yet to build my manure bin, so this extra amount will come in handy.
All I could think about as we both headed home after a busy day was how our allotments will thank us for all this rich, nutrient filled goodness. Plus I got to spend some quality time with my Dad which was a lovely little bonus!
I hope you all had a lovely weekend x