You may have watched the Big Allotment Challenge on the BBC and seen the pristine plots that the gardeners started with. (Don’t get me started on that programme… ) Continue reading
If I closed my eyes the black tangled roots of horsetail danced before them. When I first sunk my fork into the soil, I didn’t know what the slightly menacing thin ropes of doom were. But I soon came to realise that any subterranean investigation yielded miles and miles of the stuff. Continue reading
At this point I still consider myself a relative newbie, having only been at it for three years. But I’m not a total novice any more. And I’ve had two new plots in that time (the first one was horribly shady and slow to warm up in Spring). So, here’s some advice that will be useful for people starting out. In no particular order, my top tips are:
When we put our name down for an allotment plot it was just with a mind to having more growing space (because our garden is tiny – just a yard really), and to growing our own veg.
One of the completely unexpected upsides has been the fantastic social life that has developed for us since we first went to see our little patch of earth back in 2012. Continue reading
This winter has been a wash out allotment-wise. We last went to our plot in late October, and since then have been feeling guilty about our lack of commitment. So it was with trepidation that we visited yesterday. But, low and behold, it’s actually looking in ok shape. And it was the best feeling to be outside in the winter sun doing some hard work. Continue reading