What Would You Do?
[INDENT]I know it's a thread that could be moved but hopefully it isn't as it's the brains of the self sufficiency people I want to pick, hopefully I can describe my situation so you can form an opinion.
Was a good plot, I'd dug it over cleared the weeds and had it planned out. Then the councillor who runs it gets a digger in to clear some wastleland out and leaves almost a bowl at the top of my plot that eather needs filling with about a ton or two of soil or raised beds putting in. The site as no footpath leading to the plots apart from block paving which covers a 1/4 of the path if that and as just been thrown down, no sand or concrete forms to hold it so if you push a wheelbarrow across it moves, if you carry something heavy it moves. The rest of the dirt path is covered with weed membrane but is flooded underneath, according to the councillor it's our problem. This site isn't official it's wasteland he's claimed, I was going to put a polytunnel on but at the moment the fence doesn't enclose the full site as its just the portable wire fencing stopping vandals getting in on half of the site. Also if you've read the compost thread everything as to be netted, one plot owner as pigeons, oh the site is about 1/2 mile away and you can put up structures. Size of plot 18x36, google earth just shows the old waste ground. I complained to him and he's given me the option of staying on it or getting my money back, rent is £50 per year and my year is up in September.
Plot 2 is exactly 3.3 miles away, it's a site I'm going seeing next week. I've been but no idea which is mine. There's railings all round and proper pathways and it's officialy run, picture the square in eastenders with allotments within the railings. Drawback structures aren't allowed, size no idea and cost tba. If you look on google earth and put in Weston Street, Atherton you can see the plots. I think there's 6 plots in all so easy to vet to know everyone.
Plot 3 no idea on this one, it's a new site that's using waste ground and work on it's only just started so be a month or two before I get on it. So I have no idea on rent, structures allowed or not although could ask nor size of plot. Google earth just shows wasteland and it's about 1 mile away, take my nephew to college and i actually drive past it so ideal for dropping in on my way home. 28 plots by all accounts and officially ran, with it being new should see all plot owners in the first few days of opening as be like ants all over it at first, so get to know people.
Only other info is I've got loads of seedlings need repotting, around 100 potatoes chitting and a polytunnel to put up although my sister says I can put it in her garden for the summer at least. Couple of neighbours have offered to let me put some potato bags on their property which I've told them they get some of the potatoes when grown. I have a few blueberry bushes that could last another summer in pots at a push, I've also got some raspberry canes but just purchased them and in pots for the moment but wouldn't get anything from them this year anyway. Got 30 strawberry plants in pots but should be okay for the summer, very healthy plants and I've always grown in pots so no biggie on that front. I've also got garlic, onions and shallots in pots that could do with planting out and 3 very small rhubarb in pots that are in no rush to go in the ground.
Think thats all but any questions just ask, my first reaction is wait till next week and see plot 2 if any good tell plot 1 I want my money back which should cover plot 2 rent. Then move strawberries, onions, garlic, shallots down there and if room some spuds and beans. Also wait for plot 3, hope it's full size and structures allowed then have that as my main plot with shed and polytunnel and plot 2 as an overflow plot or maybe just for one produce say fruit, brassicas etc.[/INDENT]