I started my usual Sunday morning visit to the allotments by rotavating a plot for an association member. He had done such a good job of weeding and clearing his plot that it hardly seemed necessary but I know he would find it difficult to dig it over. While it was hard work wrestling with the machine when I had finished the soil was nicely fluffed up ready for the mulch he wants to put down.
After recovering with my coffee and cake at the cafe, I went back and cleared the soil that had spilled onto the paths. This is not part of the usual service but he works hard at the plot and deserves a bit extra!
Then I started on my plot and finished digging out the rest of the compost in the end bin and shovelled it over into the middle one. I tidied up the landscape fabric lining and screwed the front back on. Then I was able to empty the bags of garden waste into the bin, selecting the ones containing woody stems to ensure good drainage at the bottom. Then, before going home, I pulled up a few French bean plants with beans still attached - ready for the evening meal.