Hello everyone, Happy Friday!
So, as I have mentioned before, I applied for an allotment last year, and was placed on the waiting list. I wasn’t really expecting one to come up so quickly, but as I type this, I am waiting for my invoice and key from the council to be sent to me. Deciding to take on an allotment is not a decision I’ve taken lightly. I know that it has become very fashionable in the last few years to have a plot and to grow your own vegetables – and seeing how hard my parents work on their large plot across the lane from their home, means I am under no illusion as to how back breaking growing your own veg can be. However, I think the children and I are ready to take on a plot, which will obviously be a long term project. From what I understand, councils are now dividing up plots to make them smaller, which makes a huge amount of sense to me, as most people just can’t cope with a huge space to cultivate.
Now, having said all this, I wasn’t quite prepared for the wilderness that greeted us when we went to view it during half term! I thought that reason there was a waiting list, was because all the plots were being used. However when we turned up, it became apparent that a lot of the plots have been abandoned, and nature has completely taken over. I spoke to a couple of the elderly gentlemen who were there, and both welcomed new faces, shaking their heads that the council has allowed so many plots to become neglected.
So, this is the plot that we have been offered –
On showing these snaps to some friends, some have laughed and some shaken their heads, others can see the beauty and potential…but all of them know that when faced with a challenge like this, I am like a dog with a bone, a woman on a mission! My first feeling was ‘we can’t do this’ but it very quickly changed to ‘yes we can!’. The fact that the children fell in love with it straight away sealed the deal for me, we had only been there 20 seconds before they were choosing which area they will tend to. My boy is desperate to get in there and start clearing it. I know that they may not be interested in it all the time, but if I can teach them a little bit about how rewarding it is to put time and effort into something, then it will be worth it. Plus I want to eat fresh peas out of their shells!
I have already ordered some luscious dahlia tubers from Sarah Raven, because part of the plan is that there will be a cutting garden there too. I need flowers all the time for my styling and photography, so I’m really hoping that I can learn about growing armfuls of candy coloured blooms.
So what do you think dear readers, am I completely bonkers to take on this little wilderness? Or do you think I can make it work? I will, of course share my journey here. In the meantime I need to sharpen my tools, buy some very thick gloves, and accept every offer of help I’ve had to clear the brambles!
Have a wonderful weekend!