|The view from the end|
|Reverse view of potato patch|
|Alliums, Other Roots and Brassica patches at the ready|
|Legumes/Others with Fruit Cage Beyond|
|Fruit Cage - reverse view. Black is a colour too - now that's stretching it!|
Dear reader, you may be a little underwhelmed by this post as the pictures consist almost entirely of swathes(?) of earth with little of interest (aside from a busy allium patch and some emerging clumps of rhubarb). The reason for this public display of monotonous cultivation is down to the fact that allotment tenants of City of Edinburgh Council are experiencing unprecedented scrutiny by way of inspection - at two weekly intervals. Reference has been made to a tendentious 70% cultivation rule, third strike and you are out rule, and photographic evidence too! In the light of this worrisome state of affairs imposed by our betters (that’s our local allotment association FEDAGA in collusion with City of Edinburgh Council) it’s time for me to produce some photographic evidence of my own. You never know when you might need it. I currently meet the fastidious standards, and I thought I better record this fact! My rent is up to date – but this is no longer enough for the landlord - horticultural excellence is now a contractual requirement if you want to rent an Edinburgh Allotment! I don’t know of any other group in society subject to such overbearing strictures from their landlords.
If you are a member of an allotment association make sure they look after your interest, not that of the Council.