I was asked if I could contribute to this section back in the summer. A great idea started by Jerry and Phyl but I was sad to see no other allotment owners contributing. Maybe this will jolt a little interest.
It's nearly Christmas and I have finally crawled out of the woodwork or should I say garden.
I was brought up tending and helping on my dad's allotment in West Yorkshire.
This allotment is still being looked after by my dad, now 80, and as you can see above its a little run down and a bit like Steptoe's yard.
I have now moved on to pastures new and although I do help in Steptoe's yard I now have my own little bit of heaven.
My allotment isn't actually an allotment because its on my own land; it is my plot. Still in Yorkshire, surrounded by nine lovely neighbours, and I have the biggest and most hidden spot. Yes, I consider myself lucky.
Having growing space within your garden to grow fruit and vegetables has many pros and cons. Here are my observations.
PROS of a plot within the garden:
Cons of a plot within the garden:
I don't know if this is a pro or a con but I do find container growing and upright gardening handy to expand the range and use the rest of the garden. If I had a allotment I would maybe do this but on a lesser scale.
I love my garden and having my plot on hand but would love the allotment space to experiment. This would allow me to use the space to broaden my range of varieties.
This next year I am building more raised beds and dual-planting within them. I try to add sweet peas, nasturtiums and herbs to blend gently into the rest of the garden. The edge of the plot has now been planted up with a varied range of Cornus (dogwood). This will give a small hedging in summer and colour in winter. The pond close by keeps the slugs and snails down.
Where does the waste go? That hidden area behind the garage is so valuable with the compost bins and potting area close by.
My planted, established and decorative areas with fruit trees blend nicely into the plot ... for those lazy afternoons. Do I get them I ask?