Our allotment!

So back in May I told all you lovely people that we had applied for an allotment, and that I was itching to get our allotment. I’ve been nagging Chris for ages to chase up the Parish administrator to see whether we’d moved up the list at all, and finally the other weekend he emailed her asking. And surprise surprise we got an email the following Tuesday to say that there wasn’t a plot available on the site we’d requested, but there was one the other side of the village, but it was only half a plot. I know we’re very lucky to have got an allotment within about 6 months of applying, I know people who live in bigger cities who have had to wait over 4 years to get a plot!

Nowhere on the internet could I find out how big ‘half a plot’ was at this allotment site, so we popped in one evening after work and had a look. We got talking to a few of the people there, and they showed us which plot it was exactly. It was huge! Tonight we signed the contract and wrote out the cheque for our little plot. Turns out our plot is just over 105m² and it’s completely overgrown, however you can see there are certain bits and pieces planted – flowers, strawberries, onions.

This weekend I think the plan is to dig as much as possible that is not obviously some sort of plant. There’s loads of nettles and brambles, so they can all come out and go into the new big compost bin I plan on getting.

How many of you have got allotments? Any advise on what to plant? Or even where to start!?!


  1. Rosie @Eco-Gites of Lenault

    October 7, 2014 at 9:19 am

    Brilliant – I have had a few allotments in my time and now have a large veg patch right here at home. Fresh vegetables are the BEST!! I generally write a veg garden related blog post every Thursday so if you pop over to my blog and search #HDYGG you’ll see them all. I would recommend digging what you can now and adding manure if possible. You can plant overwintering onions,spring cabbage seedlings if you can get them now and sow broad beans and lamb’s lettuce (also known as corn salad). If you have areas dug but not planted try if possible to cover them otherwise the weeds will soon come back, even overwinter! You can use old carpet, geotextile fabric (sold at garden centres), cardboard or, at a pinch, black plastic (as long as your soil is already wet). And above all HAVE FUN!!

    1. Sophie

      October 8, 2014 at 1:02 pm

      Thank you so much for that great advise! I’m dragging the husband down there at the weekend, and we’ll get digging. We’ve already had a nosy round the other allotments on the site to see what they’ve done. I’m really excited to get stuck in!

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