As it stands the allotment is barely in a useable state. Its the height of summer so everything, including 4ft high stinging nettles, make it difficult to navigate your way around. The shed, although quite new has been rushed and not painted very well, there are patches all over where it needs to be touched up. Closer inspection reveals that the roof of the shed has not been finished. The felt on the top only covers half of the roof with the exposed half already showing signs of decay. Not ideal.
There is a lot of rubbish around including four car tyres, which are banned on this site. Scattered over the plot are panels of Polycarbonate from some previous construction of some sort. A lot of it is on a bad way, all cracked, chipped and discoloured. This will require a few trips to the tip, which luckily is only a few minutes drive away.
All in all, its not too bad and we are very lucky. One of the rules on this particular site is there are no bonfires to be had so all of the weeding we do will need to be bagged up and taken, by car, to the local tip.
The plants that have been growing here have been left for a season or two and have grown out of control. These will need to be pulled with the exposed earth covered to prevent the weeds growing.
- Re-Paint Shed
- Finish Shed Roof
- Remove Rubbish
- Cover Exposed Land
The previous owner does us a solid and leaves us a couple of pots of shed paint and we set about giving it a fresh coat. Job done!
Quick stop at Wickes to get some roof sealant and roof felt and enlist the niece and nephew to give us a hand. It takes us all day but in the end, we have a new roof on the shed.
The weeding begins at the shed end where we hope we can clear out enough space to have a sit down. After clearing the area we are surprised to unearth a few slabs and a broken table. Well, as long as it can hold a cup of tea or two, then that’ll be just fine.
The sun sets on a busy few days but the main jobs are done. So what’s next?