It’s certainly been an interesting few weeks weather wise. It’s dropped.to minus 3 C around here a fortnight ago and now it’s up to 15C!
My plot has gone from being soaking wet, to covered in snow, to relatively normal ground.
Well, anyway, the weather’s been nice this weekend and I wanted to take advantage of that. I was on my plot for about 7 hours yesterday! And finally, the greenhouse frame is up!
Works been a bit crazy for me in the last couple of weeks, probably the busiest I’ve been since starting this job. I could feel that by Friday evening I was incredibly stressed out. However, that all drifted away when I got to the plot.
I feel very fortunate at my allotment site. It’s pretty close to my home, I can cycle there in about 5 minutes. But It’s fairly large and you can easily forget you’re in a city. You really can’t put a price on the tranquility of a place like this. I’m sure many of you feel the same.
Very happy that I was able to get it up and fixed down yesterday. My site is fairly windy, so I’m hoping that securing it to bricks will be enough to keep it in place.
I can’t wait to get growing in here.
I live in a terraced house, with very limited window space for growing seedlings. I have one sunny room, and even that window is shaded from about midday. That’s why I was so keen to get a greenhouse.
I have to say, I’m very happy with the transformation on the plot so far. Bit by bit it’s getting there.
I’m hoping to get the glass in in the next week or so.
Have you started any seedlings yet? I’m not sure what to sow first. It almost feels like Christmas!
Jodie and I have made a start on clearing the plot. It’s hard work, but it’s fairly cathartic. We’ve met a few lovely people on the site, one lovely lady gave us a cutting of a jostaberry bush!
We’ve built a compost bin out of old pallets and put some doors on it, it’s not much but we’re very proud of it.
The plots looking a bit tidier, the weeds are cut to a more manageable level. We’ve been toying around with ideas for paths. Some neighbours have compacted mud paths, others have grassy paths, we’re tempted by a woodchip path. Any recommendations? Pros/cons?
We’ve been very lucky with the weather so far, it’s only rained on days we’ve not planned on going to the plot! Hoping that pattern holds for the weekend.
I initially said I wanted this piece of land partially as an escape from my busy job and a place of calm and reflection. Even in the early days of clearing weeds, I’m finding it’s living up to that.
Only a few weeks till Christmas now, where has this year gone? I hope everyone’s having a good December.
I’ve now seen the plot and had a nice chat with a few of my plot neighbours. It’s covered in weeds and grass, there’s some rubbish on it, but it looks fertile and gets a lot of sun! There’s a lot of work ahead, starting with clearing the weeds. I hope you enjoy following along and (with any luck) the plot will look a lot better in a few months time!
I’m a little bit in love with my little patch of land!
I’ve been thinking, why was an allotment so appealing to me? What in particular has made me want to go down this route. I think there are a number of aspects to my decision.
My Grandpa – I never had the opportunity to meet my grandpa, he died several years before I was born. My dad always told me about how my grandpa would spend a lot of time down the allotment and my dad would often accompany him. However, when my grandpa passed my dad decided to not keep hold of the allotment (not entirely surprising, he’d told me that when he was young his favourite thing about the allotment was its proximity to the trains). In some small way having my own allotment, planting, tending and harvesting my own crops is already making me feel closer to my grandpa. I never met him, but we can share experiences separated by time.
Renting – This is a much more practical reason and one I’ve mentioned in a previous post. I’m 27 years old now and despite my fiancée and I both having stable jobs, owning our own home seems a long way off. Our landlord has insisted that the garden is maintained by her, meaning we are unable to have many plants at home. Well, our house is slowly filling up with house plants, but that’s another story… The inability to plant at home creates a disconnect from the peaceful nature of a garden. It also acts as a constant reminder that this isn’t really my space.
The environment – Over the past few years I’ve made a conscious effort to reduce the amount of meat and out of season vegetables I eat at home. It seemed to me that the next step was to try and grow those vegetables myself.
As always, I’d love to hear from you. Why did you first start an allotment or garden? Have your reasons changed or stayed the same?
DIY – The full monty
As a little bonus for reading this far, here are some pictures of the big box finally being finished. As you can see, my friend was very happy with his very rustic planter.