You are quite correct – it was all to do with poor soil health. But why?
We were not “two inexperienced gardeners” My friend was Mrs Ayletts personal gardener. Ayletts is a big nursery/garden centre specialising in Dahlias, and had been a gardener at Sopwell House Hotel, and previously a green keeper at a golf course. I have been growing vegetables for over 40 years. We had a very successful properly managed allotment. Until….
As I said I am not superstitious. But we are convinced that he somehow mistranslated the source material and inadvertently put a “curse” on the soil. You either believe in “magic” or you don’t .. and when something like this happens it makes one wonder. The Anglo-Saxons pagan beliefs and practices were intimately associated with the spirit world of all living things, and it can’t be argued that plants can have enormous beneficial effects on our health and well being. And vice versa. Spiritual energy? Life force? or just energy, we are all living within it.
We believe that he somehow tapped into, and drained this energy field, within the confines of the area he had pegged out, incorrectly using metal spikes. We don’t understand how or why. That knowledge was lost over 1200 years ago.