So it’s back, the dreaded rain has returned and completely ruined a weekend full of allotment plans! Thats always the way though isn’t it? You plan a lovely weekend full of digging, weeding, planting parsnips and peas, tidying up the fence and getting the trough ready and it decides to rain non stop! I wouldn’t mind a few showers here and there when you can sit in the shed for a few minutes to escape the rain, but it just so happened to be that horrible drizzly rain which never let up for one minute and soaks you completely to the bone.
I did however, manage to put together my entrance including my new upcycled gate which my amazingly talented Dad made. I am so unbelievably chuffed with it, my little plot finally feels like it is mine now that it is completely fenced in (and that also means no more pesky deer or pheasants running around!) We used pallets again and simply cut them down and carefully measured them to fit either side of the gate. I took apart a pallet and used the strips for the gate, I also had to buy some wood which cost me £2.50 for the two strips at the back due to making my gate wider then the pallet strips (silly me!) My Dad made the pallet using glue and nails and his tips include adding a brace bar to help keep the gates shape and make it stronger (always point this up towards the latch), make the gate slightly smaller because the weight of it will pull the post inwards slightly and last but not least measure twice, cut once! It has two tee hinges and a latch on one end so that it swings open perfectly, it really feels like a little garden now 🙂
I know I’ve already said this but I am so happy (I may even have scared a man working on his plot when I squealed with happiness!) All I need now is my handmade plot number sign attached to the front and some bunting around the top of the fence and it will look perfect. I just can’t wait until Summer when my hazel archway will be up over my pathway and everythings in bloom, hopefully it’s going to look really lovely 🙂