Grow Your Own
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.