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I know there are several UK permies with allotments;  care to share?  Photos encouraged!
 
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I don't actually have any photos of my allotment, even though I've been growing in it for two seasons now;  if I remember to take my camera up I'll post some.

My allotment is about a 10 minute walk from my house and I'm up there every morning;  it's on the way to my son's school so we stop by on the way, to take care of our ten chickens.  Then he goes off to school while my daughter watches me do any other jobs (from her buggy--she's six months old).  Currently I'm digging out the last of the potatoes, and trying to get a handle on all the grass that's taking over.  Seriously, there is so much grass, and I don't know how it's so thick and long, especially since the whole plot from top to bottom has all been sheet mulched within the last year.

However, having the chickens there motivates me to clear away the grass, so they can have something green and fresh to nibble on.  We only completed their yard and coop a few months ago;  last year they were in a temporary chicken tractor there, but they couldn't keep up with the weeds and grass (and it wasn't a long term solution anyway, as they really needed more space).  So I'm digging the grass and weeds up about a metre at a time, and it's really starting to pile up in their yard;  I guess it'll be great compost next spring.  Then the bare spot gets mulched to prevent new weed seeds germinating--but it's looking like I'll be starting over from the beginning once I actually get to the end.  So much grass...

This year I've grown some good pumpkins and peas (dried);  we had a great haul of strawberries (though they are swamped with grass now) and raspberries;  the potatoes have been moderately productive, as have the runner beans, tomatoes and onions.  The slugs ate nearly all my cabbage seedlings, but we've had two small ones and there are another six or so left--really small though, probably from the excess of grass.  I also have some leeks and purple sprouting broccoli growing away but don't expect to eat them until the new year.

My main focus now is to improve the soil as much as possible by adding organic material;  there's a stable on the site, so plenty of horse manure to be had.  I also do a bit of chop and drop with certain weeds like nettles and horsetail.  And of course as I mentioned it has all been sheet mulched, which did wonders for the soil.  I figure that if the soil is soft enough at least I'll be able to pull the weeds out and not have to dig them.

Edited for spelling.
 
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