Tuesday, 10 April 2012

Grow Your Own

Last year we put our name down for an allotment, we didn’t hear anything for months, and then out of the blue we got a phone call saying one had become available. We spent last summer trying to clear the plot; it had been abandoned for some time and was littered with a mountain of rubbish and broken glass.



With work commitments and life getting in the way, it was hard finding the time to get everything done, and we were genuinely disappointed when we couldn’t get it all cleared, but vowed not to give up on it.

The plot next door to ours had also found new tenants, and had actually originally been a double plot, so we were keen to fence it off and gain some much needed privacy. We were without any type of building so had to make do without for the time being.

We knew this year was the year in which we would work towards making some real progress, and hopefully get growing. Setting a side our weekends for the allotment has meant we have been able to clear all of the existing rubbish and completely start a fresh. It’s been hard work and very disheartening having to clear so much rubbish, but it has been worthwhile seeing the results.

It was just as we had got our plot clear and ready to dig over, we got asked if we would be interested in the plot next to ours, as the new tenants had decided to give it up after only a year.

It was a bit of a shock for us, because we had planned our plot and was due to build a fence in the coming weeks. You could say it was crazy even contemplating taking it on, double the size, double the amount of work to do. But we knew this opportunity would not come around again, it simply was just too good of a chance to miss.



The plot next door had already got some buildings and trees on, this instantly meant we had more space to store tools and equipment and of course the possibility of fruit meant what we had gained in space outweighed the amount of rubbish we now had to clear.

Now the clearing is finally over, it is time to really start the planning and planting, of course I’m sure this is where the real hard work begins!

This Easter weekend as seen our plot finally be dug over, we very kindly lent a mini digger, so managed to get it done in the space of a day. We’ve began covering it up, to prevent the growing of weeds and the idea now is to unravel small parts at a time. It may take a few years to get it exactly the way we want it, but this is a project that has no finish line or strict deadline, and one we hope will occupy us for many years to come.

With rent at £25 a year, it sure is a worthwhile investment and of course the prospect of being able to stock our kitchen full of fruit and veg each year sure does make this little adventure all the more exciting.
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  1. My parents have an allotment and have done on and off for years so I know how much work they can be. Luckily this time they have one of the smaller ones which is big enough for just them. they got super lucky with getting one with lots of brambles and raspberries well established too [luckily the allotments in my home town all come with a shed too]. Not having a garden now is driving home how much i'd love some space to get growing some fruits, certainly on my to do list when I get a yard. Can't wait to see all the goodies you get to grow this year!

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  2. Wow thats amazing in fact Tom and I where talking about getting one the other day. It wont be for a while yet but it would be lovely. I'd love to see the progress you are making :] xxx

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  3. That's brilliant. We were lucky enough to get an allotment about 3 weeks ago and while it is clear of rubbish it is thick with perennial weeds so we are slowly clearing a bed at a time while covering what we can. I'm so excited that our shed came today - needs assembling and might be a week or so before it's up but it will be so much easier than traipsing the tools back and forth. At the weekend I planted up the first bed too - potatoes! It is hard work but I'm loving every bit of it! Happy gardening - Linda xxx

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  4. Sounds like fun! Can't wait to share the journey with you over the months and years.

    Victoria xx

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  5. This sounds like such an exciting development! I really look forward to seeing what you plant and how the allotment takes shape, how great to have a space in which to grow things. It reminds me of Mary in The Secret Garden asking for just a patch of earth to grow things :-)

    Jem xXx

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  6. aw, Alice this is so /you/! i can't wait to see how things progress, and grow, it's so lovely you have something that can grow with you! so sweet :)

    K xo

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  7. I am so envious of your plot of land - would love to have an allotment plot :o) Cant wait to see what you grow, its so satisfying eating your own grown fruit and veg :o)

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  8. That is great news Alice! More land means more vegetables! I've never even given thought to having an allotment of my own as out back garden needs seeing to first! My dad has a very large allotment to himself with a green house, 2 sheds and 3 chicken coops! Its always fun to see what he's been growing when I go down to visit my mum, last year he had some very nice pumpkins! It'll be good to see your progress in pictures :D xxx

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  9. I would have no idea what to do with an allotment! would have to get a book or three out of the library about it :) Sounds like you are going to be kept busy with this project, can't wait to hear what progress you make xx

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  10. I didn't realise they were that cheap! For some reason I thought they'd be around the 100 mark. Good luck with this project and keep us updated!

    xx

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  11. Aww it's so nice to hear about the allotment :) Keep posting as things start to grow! What a lovely project xxx

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  12. Do keep us posted! I have a greenhouse and small veg patch at the bottom of my garden and I am still a bit clueless with where to start with it all!

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  13. I cant wait to see all the things you guys grow. I would love to garden more but I seriously have a black thumb. I always manage to kill my plants. Best of luck!

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