When you meet a guy named Dragon on the internet, you just have to sneak a peek at his plot. So I took my trusted cameraman and myself off to A huge allotment site in London SW20. So what was I going to find? A gardener, who isn't allowed a Facebook page, because Dragon can't be his real name (sigh smiley)
The plot is divided in two separated by a main road. The larger side houses the shop, toilet and other facilities including bees and has over 100 plots.
Dragon's side is smaller and has some lovely trees in blossom breaking up the space.There are quaintly named sign posts around the site so you don't get lost
My host was busying himself with making some stacking beds, which he will blog about on his own blog but we can have a sneak preview thanks to the wonders of the Ipad
Simply by offsetting the corners by two inches allows you to raise your beds one level at a time, much like pallet collars
Bad weather and work commitments has meant Easter was really the first trip of the year, so there is much to be done. Once the beds are built the hard work will begin. When the plot was taken three years ago it was an overrun weed patch. A mini digger was brought on site to scrape away the top and piled at the entrance of the plot. This has been used to grow courgettes, but now has a family of foxes, living under it
Flooding on the plot has encouraged him to raise his shed, and having strung some wire underneath, is a useful place to store his garden canes
The greenhouse was in full swing, (apart from the kettle), with pak choy, (a gift from a Vietnamese plot holder) amongst other delights.
sprouting in to life. Better get those spuds in soon
Some more permanent crops were in one corner
Taking a stroll around the site, we saw an eclectic selection of plot styles, and a feature common to London Borough of Merton sites. A huge waste area that is emptied regularly with a JCB. Wish our council offered similar facilities, struggling to get them to even cut the grass.
As this was a visit to meet our internet pal I don't want to drift away from his plot, but I have added a few sights from the rest of the site to show what a lovely environment the site is, despite being near a busy, fast road and surrounded by houses etc.
Hoping to return later in the summer, when the vine is producing, thanks D