Ahh, what a beautiful couple of days we have had here in Bristol. So warm that I popped up to the allotment this evening to give everything a good water.
The soil has gotten ridiculously dry since Sunday, so I was a little worried about my plant babies, but no disasters!
Everything is springing into life. My neighbours plot has masses of beautiful chives in flower, whilst my other neighbour has hundreds of pretty white flowers on their strawberry plants.
My plot is coming to life too, it’s actually starting to resemble an actual allotment and not a grass ridden wasteland!
Just look at those leeks for a start… Proper grown up looking vegetables!
But also, how nice to have half an hour in the sun after work. Taking in the sights of my successful plant growing and topping up my vitamin D at the same time.
Everyone should get an allotment, that little bit of outside time makes your soul feel good!
Let me just set the scene, after moving to Bristol only a couple of years ago, Andrew and I buy our first home, which is a deshevelled 1900s cottage needing lots of work. We also start to think about working on the garden, plus I start a card making hobby/business to help make some pennies and give me a creative outlet. We both have full time jobs which often push our work hours above the standard 9-5. So the logical thing to do on top of all of this…
I signed up for an allotment in the village. Yes.
I have no experience of any real gardening, everything I had learnt about plants came from listening intently from colleagues when I worked on BBC’s Gardeners’ World or from my parents, and yet I took on an allotment.
Ok, so it isn’t huge (about 80 square metres), it’s much smaller than most on the site, but it was very overgrown. It certainly was a challenge for someone with very little spare time. Call me crazy, but I just couldn’t pass up the opportunity to have my own allotment.
There is something wonderful about the thought of growing your own food. I’m not expecting a vegetable miracle but it would be fantastic to be able to grow one successful crop. So that is the main reason I went ahead with the plot.
We haven’t had a lot of time to get down there and clear the brambles and mess so it was becoming a little overwhelming. But mum and I managed to spend the whole day there last Saturday. We cleared all of the brambles and dying fruit bushes and turned over a nice area for me to start planting up.
I can breathe a sigh of relief now that I actually have made a start on the allotment and we can think about what we want to grow.
Keep posted for more updates on the ‘other project’.