At the end of last year I received the most exciting news…I had reached the top of the waiting list for an allotment in the village! I have been patiently waiting since 2013, and from early Feb I will be the proud tenant of my own plot!
When we first bought our house six years ago, it had the perfect garden for veg growing, with a large and ready-dug allotment-style plot, and three(!) greenhouses. However, this left us with very little garden to use for sitting, eating, playing with Mia, so we completed a massive garden renovation project and made the whole garden lawn! At the time we were also thinking of selling the house, and we thought a lawn would be more buyer-friendly. After re-homing two of the greenhouses and demolishing the other, picking hundreds of tulips, and hours of laying lawn turf, which are amusingly called ‘sods’, we had a beautiful garden.
But, I missed my veg growing so much, and we decided not to move, so I added my name to waiting list for an allotment in our village. There are only 15 plots, so I knew it could be a long wait! I spent the following few summers squashing in grobags of tomatoes against the shed, building a raised bed under Mia’s playhouse and planting a selection of herbs in small tubs. It has been alright, but not ideal, and with a small baby I’ve not had huge amounts of free time for gardening. So the timing of this news is perfect, and I am so excited. I am busy planning my plot, buying seeds and preparing to start digging as soon as the very cold weather passes. I have created a new allotment Pinterest board, with lots of exciting and inspiring ideas and photos, take a look.
Do let me know if you have any allotment advice, veg growing tips…is there anything you have grown really successfully? Whilst I’m not a total beginner at this, I’m certainly no expert, so any advice or ideas are really appreciated!