I’ve gone to ground on the blog recently, and this reflects my workrate on the allotment too. I’m not about to join the eons of redundant blogs laying around the Internet just yet though. There’s a reason for my inactivity: I’ve moved house, and I’ve got a couple of things to share that I’m very excited about.
A New Greenhouse and Garden
I’m delighted to announce that I’m the proud inheritor of a greenhouse. Now, it would be an exaggeration to say that our first viewing consisted of me I asking my wife to go and look around inside whilst I check out the greenhouse, but along with the 100ft garden, but it certainly helped the estate agent secure a sale.
Around the greenhouse is the perfect area for a vegetable patch too. The area is 22ft x 22ft, and although much smaller than my allotment, I’ve always dreamed of growing veg in my garden. The space is going to take a lot of prep work, but I’m incredibly excited about this new development, and in particular the idea of being able to just walk out the back door to potter about and tend to my veg.
Nurturing Veg When They Need It
Having my patch in the garden will help me keep on top of things, and give me the ability to look after those more niggly veg when they need it, rather than as and when I can get to the plot.
I love the idea of a small, self sufficient area at the back of my garden that I can design and configure to meet my needs. Although only a small space, I can’t wait to start coming up with ways of adapting to the new environment.
To Keep the Allotment or Not?
Of course, this leaves me with decisions to make about my allotment. Do I try and run both concurrently, or do I give up the plot and concentrate on my garden? It’s a tough decision, and one that I’ve given a lot of consideration too. I love my allotment – it has been one of the best things I have ever done, but there is a waiting list and now I have my own growing space, it seems only logical to pass it on to another resident who doesn’t have this luxury.
However, I’m umming and ahhing about keeping the half of my plot that has fruit on. I have invested a fair amount of dosh in my raspberries, rhubarb, blackcurrants, strawbs and gooseberries and now they are becoming very productive. My shed is also at this end, and as long as I kept the weeds down, I’m sure these beds would be pretty easy to maintain.
No More an Allotment Blog??
So what becomes of Real Men Sow, the cheery allotment blog, after this exciting new beginning? Well, I suppose it might have to become a cheery GYO blog, but I’m not rushing into any tagline changes just yet! The garden is going to take a while to turn around, and in the meantime I’ll need my plot, which gives me some much needed extra time to decide about the allotment.
So for now we’re still a cheery allotment blog – just one with a hint of kitchen garden.