Monthly Archives: March 2014

Hi Ho Hi Ho its off to work we go…


This work of art was the result of last weeks work.

Here is the plan. Note how its coming into fruition.

CA blog screenshot

Another weekend, another work day. Still the intrepid three, but a different member, Kamil was eager to join in the fun. We had to put a hold on construction (anyone got any old scaffolding boards?) but there is a lot to do. The generous folks at SEEOG donated seed potatoes and onion sets so they needed to go in.


But first Duncan decided that the beds were “wonky”… true, they did have a definite list to the right, but they need drainage, right?? Anyway, we fixed them, wonky no more.


Kamil put his back into digging potato trenches (hopefully this will be the last time these beds are dug) I planted the onions.



I am a huge compost enthusiast and we have 4 (4!!) donated compost bins. It is time to get them to work. Duncan scythed away  the pesky brambles  and we leveled the space and now they are standing to attention and waiting to be filled. Worms ahoy! Next time we’ll get the water butts fitted. Progress ….

After some futher mediation on the Zen of digging, it was time for lunch, have to keep the strength up with a few delicious morsels


Its the weekend, we can have some of Duncans cider!!

A quick meeting, we are finalising our organisation paperwork, soon now…. Get your membership requests in now to avoid the rush!


Off home…

Stand by your raised beds

After many cold dark nights chained to the drawing board / PC Cad program and unpicking banking and insurance admin tasks, this weekend we finally got back to what it’s all about with an epic work day.
And what a workday.. The joy of a reclaimed scaffold board raised beds build. Ohh uncontrollable thigh rubbing behaviour beware!

A last-minute recruit (thanks a lot Mark) Made the struggling numbers up to a trinity of keen alotmenteers. We barely needed any of the much deliberated and fine tuned drawing plans, which by now were ingrained in our heads.  We visualized, measured, cut, screwed, and occasionally unscrewed re-measured and re-screwed in the correct place.

Mark and Duncan getting our backs into it

Mark and Duncan getting our backs into the scaffold board sawing.

Soon our triangular raised beds were starting to take shape.  A good chance for Mark to practice accurate sawing, once he had decided which was his dominant hand.  I envy Ambidexterity, why wear out one side of the body all the life?7


The first bed comes together, there’s no ‘ I ‘ in team.

My lesson learnt being:- know your pegs after positioning all the beds a foot further north than intended! With significant progress evident and the sun comfortably west we felt we had more than earned a break.
A tasty ploughman picnic, of hearty home-made bread, spicy Canvey South african sausage and cheese, apples and chutneys, all supplied by our cordonbleur catering…….Cheers Fiona, I don’t know how my lent chocolate abstinence stayed intact with the grand looking chocolate and banana cake 🙂

Happy men at work

Happy men at work.

Refueled and happy especially in the mediterranean like sun which has been sorely missed, we pressed on with the final stage with the days target of half the raised beds built within reach.

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