A year after giving up my plot to grow in the garden, I have taken on an allotment again!
Plot 150B is overgrown, weedy, and is going to take some hard graft to turn it around, but I’m over the moon. I never knew I could get so excited about a big block of weeds.
I was shown to my new plot on Saturday morning by Den, the plot secretary. He was telling me that he’d now cleared the waiting list, and this made me realise how lucky I am to have available plots nearby. I only asked to be put on the list a month ago and already I’ve been assigned one.
Hopefully Not as Big a Job as It Looks…
The plot is a 5 rod, half-size job and covered in thigh-high weeds as far as the eye can see. On the bright side, they appear to be mostly ‘soft’ weeds which can be pulled out of the ground easily. There are very few tap roots so thankfully I won’t be playing (and losing) tug of war with deep-seated weeds.
Hopefully, a couple of weekends of clearance and I’ll be able to see the soil underneath the weeds. Den tells me that the previous occupant did dig over and begin to cultivate this season, and there is a runner bean wigwam and some PSB hidden away.
First Year Free!
I was very fond of my old allotment, and quite spoilt too. Access was great (I could drive my car right up next to it), the neighbours were very friendly and I was located near the entrance. This one’s not so well positioned and getting a manure delivery nearby is going to be tricky, but its bang in the middle of the allotments and gets plenty of sun.
What’s more, as part of a new initiative by the allotment committee the plot is free for a year due to the condition. I really can’t grumble at that.
Trampling through the weeds, I don’t think there are any paths or marked beds and at the moment I’m not sure whether I’ll keep things that way or not. Guess I’ll know more once I’ve cleared the mess.
What I did find was 30 odd feet of scaffold boards, which now means I have enough timber for my garden raised beds.
Great to Be Back
After twenty minutes or so of poking around, I walked away with a big smile on my face. I can’t wait to get back to the allotments. Having veg in my garden is so convenient and wandering out the back door to tinker is wonderful, but I have missed the allotment. I’ve missed comparing crops, the camaraderie, and that buzz as you walk through the gate.
A Cunning New Garden / Allotment Plan…
So, I have a cunning new plan that promises the best of both worlds and involves having half my crops in the garden, and the other half at the plot. I’ll expand on this in future posts, but in essence, the idea is to grow crops that require extra care, and those that which have to be harvested regularly, in the garden. The plot will be reserved for the low maintenance fruit and veg which don’t need me to check and water them several times a week.
After a year away, it’s a very contented feeling to be back at the allotments. I can’t wait to get started again.