An Allotment Adventure

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It seems that everyone wants an allotment these days and quite rightly too. We were on a waiting list for eight months and have recently become proud allotmenteers. We are looking forward to growing a greater variety of delicious fresh fruit and vegetables than we can in our garden, as well as spending time chatting with and getting to know people that we would never normally have the chance to meet and at the same time enjoying the fresh air.

Allotment

Our plot had been abandoned for some time and is inevitably covered in weeds. However, we are lucky in that it is covered in grass, which can be relatively easy to control and not brambles or the dreaded Japanese knotweed. We have made a rough plan of the layout, deciding to put over about a third to permanent plantings, such as soft fruits, asparagus beds and rhubarb plants. The rest will be used for annual vegetables and will be divided into four areas to enable crop rotation. Our aim is to get at least a third of the plot weed free and planted up by the end of the year.

Clearing the allotment

‘What are you going to grow?’ is the question we have been asked most and is indeed the exciting part of this adventure. To some extent it has been dictated by what some of the other plot holders have kindly given us – cabbage, tomato and strawberry plants to date. There seems to be a tradition within the allotment community of making do, recycling and keeping costs down which, as I am coming to realise, makes them the quirky and creative places they are.  However, I will be referring to Sarah’s book The Great Vegetable Plot when it comes to deciding on the best cultivars.

The allotment

It was a race against the clock, but we have managed to plant some second early new potatoes, ‘Yukon Gold’. Although it was difficult to find them this late in the season, I am sure it will be worth it for the taste. I am looking forward to the time when we have a well-planned, smooth-running allotment and lots of tasty things to eat!

Gooseberries

Thanks for reading,

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