Yesterday I spent three hours down there, digging and planting, writing my diary in the sunshine and planning the year ahead. It was absolute bliss!!
For those of you who don't know I took on my allotment three years ago in August. Allotments date back from possibly as long as a thousand years ago . When I applied to the local council it was, to be honest, on a bit of a whim, but when I saw the plot they were offering me I fell in love. In my head I had a picture of exactly how I wanted it to look, but to begin with I was the only person able to imagine it .. because this is how it actually looked!!
|The plot was filled with nettles, couch grass and a hidden mass of rubbish.|
|In all we dug out mattresses, trollies and the frame of a green house as well as carpet, wire and masses of plastic.|
|Six raised beds with a seventh raised bed for runner beans at the back and then two large beds where you can see the |
I sat in the sunshine drinking a nice cup of tea having planted my summer cabbages under net cloches. The bench you can see was made for me by the lovely Len - a wonderful 80 year old who has taken me under his wing and helps me with everything from digging to advice on plants.
My beds are ready and waiting for seeds, seedlings and plants. This year I am going to be growing:
- runner beans
- French beans
- pointed cabbages
- spring onions
- purple sprouting broccoli
- cut flowers
- sweet corn
It looks like a lot, doesn't it? I am learning more and more as each week goes by and it amazes me when things actually grow!! There is something so very relaxing about planning, digging, planting and harvesting. My idea of heaven is spending time on a sunny morning at the allotment with just the breeze in the trees and the occasional bee or butterfly for company!! Hopefully soon my beds will be bursting with healthy plants ... we'll see!!