Recreating a First World War allotment
Introduction to the allotment
Southlands Road Allotment and Garden Association was asked to commemorate the centenery of the First World War by recreating a First World War allotment .
Identifying a plot
The Association committee looked at a number of plots that might be suitable. We decided on a plot that had not been worked for a couple of years, this will ensure that the soil is free from pesticides and other 21st century products.
It is near one of our main entrances which makes access to the plot more convenient.
The plot before the re-creation
The plot is covered with couch grass, bell bind, mares tail and brambles. All these weeds need to be dug out as any roots remaining in the soil will regrow, plus there are the usual weeds such as dandelions, dock and nettles.
Our thanks go to Veolia who provided us with skips to remove the rubbish. Items that could be recycled such as plastic and metal were taken to recycling sites.
Sutton Seed sent us an original copy of their seed catalogue which enabled us to identify vegetable varieties that were grown during WW1