The Bits and The Bots of The Plot

Plot 17 – The Earthly Comforts Garden

Recovering Plot 17
The Bits and The Bots of The Plot

Diary 15th September – 04th October
I knew when l first took 17 on board that there would be more complex tasks than others and, if not pure hardship, most assuredly more challenging tasking chores. The areas l identified as being more consuming on time were Polly, Daisy and the Rascals. 

Whilst composting may appear hard to some, it’s a genuine love of mine, so it doesn’t take long [in my eyes] to sort out.

The lesser jobs of the plot were the Cottage Garden area, Runner, Strippers and the Hedge. Admittedly the latter took me five hours tops to trim and prune back, but that is because l didn’t use a battery strimmer but only hand secateurs, which is time-consuming anyway. Of course, l spent longer again de-leafing those cut branches by hand.

The hedge was wildly overgrown and, once trimmed back, awarded the plot an additional 40 feet in length and 3 feet depth useable space. I can’t knock that. It is currently 15 feet in height and will need someone atop a ladder cutting that down to a more manageable 12 feet. A housing estate is beyond our hedge, so we need to have a suitable height between ‘us and them.

I know Suze wanted to tackle 2 of the 3 Strippers, and whilst l have sorted the strip next to Daisy, l have left the others for her to sort out next week when she is back from grandparenting duties.

Runner took no time at all, it was a more manageable length of the earth to sort out due to it being sheltered from the worst of the sun by the hedge, so it was a simple case of hoeing to a depth of 4″ and then to keep raking the fallen leaves off it. It wasn’t cracked or filled with hardened soil clods, which was a blessing.

The Cottage Garden is 75% done. All that’s left is tidying the shed and hoe around the edges a bit to take the weeding out. But l think the serious hoeing of two weeks ago hoed me back a bit myself. Especially with the pain l have experienced in the last week, back and hip-wise.

The Rascals took a few days to finalise, but that is for the final episode of this particular mini-clearing series and will be published this coming Monday.

The Runner – Chicken Coop and run

Above Runner 12th September

Runner Started and Completed 23rd September

The Hedge

Diary 22nd September

The hedge trimmed and cut back by hand from start to finish.

The Strippers

Diary 23rd September – 07th October

Cottage Garden

Diary 30th September – 07th October

There is a lot to the Cottage Garden area as it stands in the basic format. It comprises the shed and surrounding area, the standing base [concrete slabs], the rainwater harvesting operation and two raised beds, although one is without sides.

The gladioli were removed from the unsided raised bed, and the plot they were on was hoed and depebbled like everything else on plot 17. It was then raked even and matted, and pegged.

This area is still to be worked on heavily. It isn’t hard work, but as the shed looks like the small coal shuttle shed of Willow used to look, l need to work some magic here to make it less cluttered. I need to relay the concrete slabs as there is to be a garden tool caddy on here that will take the wheelbarrows, some metal bins, and the tall tools. So the area needs to be flat and level.

Guttering is to be affixed to the roof, and new water butts are to be attached. The current water tubs need to be resited around the shed or perhaps better still to be sited around the plot and manually filled with over surplus waters from the main harvest area.

The shed’s roof has never been used as a harvesting station before due to the presence of online water onsite. Suze and l prefer not to use tap water, but the plants appreciate more natural watering. So over the coming winter, we plan to up the water capacity storage around the shed. In addition to the small tubs you see, there will be ‘scatter bins – 80-litre capacity bins’ in surplus for rainwater collection.

The Polytunnel will also act as a storage area backup regarding shelving and the such like, and this, too, will ease the pressures on the small shed. But this does need some serious work performed here.

I believe this will become a more dedicated herb garden, and there will also be large pottery plants with ornamental flowering.

This is still very much a project in process.

I will see you again with another episode of Recovering Plot 17 tomorrow.

Thanks for reading.

Published by The Autistic Composter

Earthly Comforts is a wildlife journaling scrapbook focusing on the countryside, wildlife biodiversity and environmental conservation, flora and fauna volunteering projects, gardening, composting and vermiculture, inspiration, poetry and photography.

14 thoughts on “The Bits and The Bots of The Plot

      1. That’s so true, Rory! 😊 And don’t you just love the fragrance of fresh turned earth? Also, the pungency of leaf mold as you walk through the woods, especially after a rain?

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    1. I read somewhere Gary that if you put a plastic bottle onto a short stick and stick a few in the moles mounds they noise caused by the vibration annoys and scares them a lot and drives them away?

      Might be worth a shot.


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