About 5yrs ago i applied to the local council and a couple of the local parish councils for an allotment, in the mean time we’ve enjoyed growing a variety of vegetables in our garden. Now proudly have 3 raised beds all fully packed with vegetables.
10days ago i got a call from the Allotments officer at the council asking if we’d like to take a look at a plot on a small site just 10mins walk from the house. Well the following day a meeting with the site manager was arranged and we got to see the plot.
First impressions were wow its huge and oh no what a lot of weeds.
There are approximately 10 plots on the site with 3 available. Theres a communal shed we can use but the plot we chose has so much more room than we expected there would be room for our own shed and composting area.
That night my head was buzzing … omg we’re getting so late in the season …. what can we get planted asap…. i did eventually fall off to sleep in the early hours with the full version of how i’d like the plot to look in my mind.
The following day we went to pay the money and collect a key, even though the weather was burning we did spend an hour having a go at clearing but the heat was too much so left to return home and cool down, but both being quiet impatient people we returned after tea when the temperature had dropped to clear even more.
By visit 3 we’d been able to dig and fine weed one of the easier beds and even got to sow some carrots, spring onions and turnips. On the 4th visit we planted some courgette seeds and some peas, not sure what we’ll get but felt the need to put something in the ground.
Think once the bazaar hot weather passes we’ll spend more time clearing the beds, each time one is completed we’ll cover with cardboard to be covered later with compost.
We also need to work on clearing and wood chipping the paths between the beds, arrange a seating area of course and the biggest thing planning what to put where next year.
We still plan to grow vegetables in the back garden but will be reducing back down to just 2 raised beds and also branch out a bit more in the flower area.
I’ve really enjoyed growing sun flowers, also just pulled some garlic i planted last october .. very pleased with that. May have to invest in a green house which will be put in the garden to be home for so many more seedlings that i’ll need 🙂