The view from the allotment

Yes, we’ve got a new plotshare! We’re really excited about it, and about the ideas that the original plotholders have for the site, which include a little green space for their kidlets to range semi-freely while Mum and Dad work on the plot – it’s quite wonderful.

Perhaps one of the most wonderful things is the view from ‘our’ plot into that of our back neighbour, who clearly thinks (as I do) that allotments should be beautiful as well as useful. Her plot has been established for many years, of course but it’s a reminder of how well things can work out if you plant with an eye for attractiveness as well as utility.

We have practical things to do first though, including establishing some permanent paths (currently there are grass paths, which require a lot of maintenance and can be treacherous in winter) and getting some windbreaks up, as the courgette and bean seedlings are being battered around by today’s ‘light breezes’ which is Sussex for ‘mild gale’ anywhere else! And there’s a shed to be got and installed, seedlings to be planted up, half a plot to be rotavated, a terrible mess of bindweed and couchgrass and other nasties in one corner, totally strangling what used to be some rather nice plum trees … there’s a lot of work ahead, and I can’t wait!

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Posted by The Allotment Blogger on Saturday, May 24, 2008


Blogger Claire said...

I'm really pleased for you. They are very lucky to have you on board.

I only wish I could find someone to help me here on my veg plot - enthusiastic and knowledgeable would be fantastic but anoyone who can pull out weeds would be most welcome! I feel I just can't keep on top of the weeds at the moment - oh and then there's the pesky hens, one of which dashed in when the gate blew open today and ate half a dozen broad bean seedlings before I could get her out. Then there was the toddler who in his attempts to help get the hen out stood on a few of my pak choi. Arrghhh!

May 26, 2008 at 12:38 PM  
Blogger The Allotment Blogger said...

Thanks Claire!

Given how long the waiting list is for an allotment of one's own at most places, have you thought about putting a notice on the gate of your nearest allotment, saying you'd like some help in return for a share of produce. I'm willing to bet there's half a dozen people like me in your neighbourhood who are desperate for a chance to grow some healthy vegetables!

May 27, 2008 at 6:24 AM  

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