Allotment/Gardening

Our allotment after 2.5 years

I said a few weeks ago that I wanted to write an update on our allotment plot, and how far we have come with it. Then I read a post by The Peachicks Bakery about how they chose their allotment plot, and I was inspired to get writing.
So here it is, how we came to get our plot, how it’s getting on, and what we’ve been growing – our allotment after 2.5 years

Hubby and I have always enjoyed gardening. When we first moved in together we grew lots of lovely flowers, as well as tomatoes, lettuce, rocket and even attempted peppers in containers on the decking.
Our allotment after 2.5 years

Garden flowers

 

Our allotment after 2.5 years

Garden growing

We then moved to a 2nd floor flat, but still continued growing things – we put a small greenhouse on the balcony and again grew flowers, herbs and salad bits.
Our allotment after 2.5 years

“Wedding Day” Fuchsia

As soon as we bought our first house and got settled in, we applied for an allotment plot in the village. Our garden is small to say the least, but we still manage to fill it with a lot of flowers! We could grow veg etc in containers, but when half a plot measuring about 100m.sq plot costs just £7.50 a year in rent, why not! (Please don’t hate me all you allotmenters that pay crazy high prices!)
We put our names on the list in April, and in October I suggested Chris chases them up to see where we were on the list (we’d been #4 when we applied). Surprisingly we got an email back saying they didn’t have a plot on the allotment site we’d requested, but they had half a plot elsewhere in the village. (Again, don’t hate me all you allotmenters that have had to wait years!)
We didn’t care where it was in the village, and half a plot is better than nothing. So we went down one evening after work to have a look at it, and paid the year’s rent there and then.
What had we taken on?
Our allotment after 2.5 years

The first photo I took of our allotment. Please excuse the finger in the corner of the photo…hopefully my photography skills have improved a little since then!

If you could have a weed, it was on our plot – with the exception of Japanese knotweed thankfully! There were nettles as tall as me in some places.
We spent the whole of the next weekend down on the allotment, trying to clear some of the weeds. I went for at least just chopping them all down to ankle height so it looks a bit more manageable to start with.
We managed to dig in a bed or two and planted some onions, garlic and daffodils. We are the very corner plot on our site, so thought it would be nice for there to be a bit of colour we could see as we were walking up to the plot.
Our allotment after 2.5 years
Over the last 2.5 years we’ve done a lot of work on the plot. The are still a lot of weeds, but we’re getting there. Mum and Dad have helped out soooooo much. Who knows what it would be like if they hadn’t helped out as much! My brother has also helped build a compost heap, and donated some globe artichokes from his plot in Bristol. My Grandma has donated a lot of her gardening bits – most recently a fruit cage, as well as a lot of my Grandpa’s old tools.
 Our allotment after 2.5 years
After Isla’s Christening we even managed to get some friends down there to help… I’m not sure that’s quite what they had in mind when we said we’d go for a walk round the village, but it really helped us out!
We’ve spoken to other people who have plots on the site, and who live in the houses near by, and they’ve told us our plot hadn’t really been touched much in the 8 years before we got it. People would dig over the same bed, and then decide that the rest of the plot was too much work, so gave up and handed it back.
The site our plot is on used to be a much bigger site (there’s only 10 plots on our site now), but houses were built on lots of it, so to keep the original plot holders happy they gave them all sheds and covered the new plots in mushroom compost so the soil was really good.
The other sites in the village don’t have sheds, so we’re quite lucky, plus I think their plots are smaller and they are charged more in rent! So as much as I complain about all our weeds, life is much easier on a plot where you can leave your tools there rather than having to cart them down every time.
So far on our plot we have grown
Onions
Garlic
Green beans
Potatoes
Asparagus
Broccoli (the caterpillars really love our broccoli, so we’ve not managed to eat any ourselves yet!)
Cabbages
Raspberries
Rhubarb
Apples (well, we have trees at least!)
Strawberries
Herbs (sage, thyme, mint)
We’ve just moved our blueberries down there now too,
Lots of flowers
And weeds! So so many weeds!
 And this is a photo of our allotment after 2.5 years!
Our allotment after 2.5 years

May 2017

 There’s still a long way to go, but I think it’s a significant improvement. What do you think?
And just this week we’ve had confirmation that the lady that has the other half of our plot has finally given up her lease,  so it’s now ours! I do think we might be mad!
This is what it looks like now!
Our allotment after 2.5 years

New plot we’re taking on

I think it is mostly superficial though and shouldn’t take too long to sort…it at least that’s what I’m hoping!

What do you grow on your allotment, or in your garden? What would you like to try growing?

10 Comments

  1. Lindsey

    June 7, 2017 at 4:18 pm

    I am in the process of sorting our garden out, so as soon as thats done, I do plan to set aside to grow vegetables and flowers, so will keep you posted.

  2. evenangelsfall89

    June 7, 2017 at 4:47 pm

    You’ve done really well with it! I’ve never had an interest in gardening but it’s such a lovely hobby x

  3. Jasmin N

    June 7, 2017 at 5:11 pm

    Oh everything looks wonderful! I just planted tome chili and tomatoes on our balcony 🙂 Little things!

  4. Abigail Bryony

    June 7, 2017 at 7:41 pm

    Oh wow that’s amazing! It’s my dream to have an allotment but the waiting lists here are soo long! x

  5. Musings of a tired mummy...zzz...

    June 7, 2017 at 8:58 pm

    Good luck with it! We have a vegetable patch at the end of our garden and were really excited to plant stuff bu then local cats all came along and used it as a toilet, completely ruined it 🙁

  6. Ice Cream Clara Blog

    June 7, 2017 at 11:11 pm

    Your plants are so pretty, I dream of keeping an allotment or vegetable garden! 😀 xx

  7. Lyndsay-Rose

    June 8, 2017 at 9:17 am

    We’re currently growing our own vegetables and herbs in our garden. Though it’s the first time I’ve had to actually try and keep plants alive

  8. ClaireBearx

    June 8, 2017 at 1:39 pm

    Oh my goodness that’s a brilliant improvement, well done you guys! I’d love to grow our own fruit and veg but have never actually tried it. My other half’s grandad had a plot down in Nottingham until the end of last year but it was great going down to see how things were doing and may be do a spot of tidying and collecting 🙂 xx

  9. Living Arrows 24/52 - Life As Mrs D

    June 12, 2017 at 2:00 pm

    […] mentioned in my last post that we have just taken on another 100m.sq of allotment, so the other half of the plot we have. […]

  10. Tee simpson

    June 21, 2017 at 5:36 pm

    Wow. You have grown so much. I think im too lazy to have a plot.

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