Allotments have become a very popular pastime for many people. Being able to grow your own food, harvest it and eat it as fresh as it can be is a big bonus in a world of mass produced tasteless vegetables and fruit. So, a little while back I decided it would be a good idea if I had a plot of my own!
When my husband Brian put his name down on the waiting list for a new allotment, he was very lucky to get a phone call about 3 months later to say that a plot had just become available.
We went along to have a look, decided that it wouldn’t be too much work, happily paid the tiny sum of £7:80 for a years rent and set about clearing and digging.
While he was busy making plans of what he was going to plant I got to thinking that I wouldn’t mind having a plot of my own, to grow the things that I like so I toddled off to the office and asked if I could put my name down on the waiting list too.
“There is a long waiting list you know” said the woman behind the counter in the office, eyeing me over the top of her glasses with, what can only be described as disapproval, knowing that they had just allocated one of their plots to Brian.
“That’s OK” I replied, determined that I should be treated as an individual rather than one half of a married couple!
Well, a couple of weeks ago I got a phone call to ask if I was still interested in an allotment.
It’s taken SIX YEARS for one to come up!
So now I am the proud renter of my very own allotment! It has been left neglected for quite some time before the lady who had it finally gave it up.
Brian has helped me clear the ground, which has taken us both about 20 hours over 10 days. We have skimmed the top growth using a Chillington Hoe + Handle
The Chillington Hoe makes this job so much easier, saving a lot of backache as the weight of the head works in your favour when digging into the ground so less effort is needed.
We then dug the ground by hand, removing the roots as we went.
All in all it was a lot of work but definitely worth the effort.
Watch this space for updates of what we plant and how much of it grows!