Earlier this year we took over a new allotment - long time readers might remember I had a part share in a plot last year, and when the chance of a new plot of our very own came up in February, we jumped at it. This is what it looked like:
The first three months flew by on a hectic schedule of arranging ploughing (a great luxury, but it was an absolute disaster area), building rabbit fencing, covering designated growing areas with weed suppressing fabric till we can tackle them, making a big compost bin and digging. So much digging.
Finally we were ready to plant more potatoes than we can eat in this lifetime, beans of all varieties, sweetcorn, various berries, butternut squash, pumpkins ...Now it looks more like this:
And my pride and joy? The reason I craved an allotment in the first place? My very own cutting patch - I only planted up one of the planned four beds this year but it is hugely productive right now:
Sarah Raven, eat your heart out.