Having started tidying up my veg beds in readiness for moving, I’ve been reflecting on hat I’ve learned since I went from growing on an allotment to having my vegetable beds in the garden.
My growing space was effectively reduced by two thirds, but I found learning to produce good yields and tasty crops from a small area an interesting and invigorating challenge.
We’ve had an offer accepted on a house in Somerset, complete with smart greenhouse and a similar sized space to cultivate some veg as my current garden plot. There are also some ridiculously cheap allotments for rent just up the road, priced at a fiver a year for a full size plot, so whilst I decided on whether to start growing exclusively in the garden or rent myself an allotment too, here are 6 things I’ve learnt from growing in small spaces.
Things have been quiet on here recently, but life has gotten a touch hectic. From December 1st, Real Men Sow will be brought to you from Somerset, as we’re relocating from our hometown of Burnham-on-Crouch to the ‘Mild Mild West’.
I’ve been clearing up my veg beds in the garden this weekend, ready for the house to go on the market. It’s a funny feeling. One of great excitement, but much sadness too. We’re leaving a lot behind, including friends, family and lots of lovely memories. I’m also passing on my Patch from Scratch, hoping that the next residents of 73 Chapel Road decide to grow some veggies in the garden too. I’ve spread some fresh horse muck on the two empty beds just in case, so they’ll be ready to go for spring.
Finally. I grew sweetcorn. My allotment life is complete.
Sweetcorn has always proven tricky for me, and all the other Burnham allotment holders. It’s not necessarily because we’re all useless growers (although the state of my cabbages would suggest there is certainly one…), it is more a problem with the good old Burnham badgers, and their insatiable taste for the sweet yellow cobs.