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Its a plot

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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.

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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.

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 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:

  • Easy access to tend to the garden. 
  • Control over the security of the area. 
  • No drift of chemicals from neighbouring plots.
  • No watering problems.
  • Fresh vegetables readily available to be picked for immediate use in meals.
  • No travel costs or allotment fees. 
  • Immediate weather control.
  • No rules about where to place a polytunnel or greenhouse.
  • Livestock can be kept under the allotment rules.
  • An easy ready supply of hot drinks and food.

Cons of a plot within the garden: 

  • Takes up space of decorative garden.
  • The need to be kept neat and tidy so your stock blends into bordering flower beds.
  • Trees in yours or the neighbour's garden absorbing light and water. 
  • Some decorative native hedging plants attract pests to the plot.
  • No large areas to experiment with new varieties or lengthy seasonal vegetables.
  • No allotment society or club to share advice or resources.
  • Smells from compost heaps near neighbour's gardens.
  • Some councils don't allow livestock to be kept in residential areas.
  • No fires until after 8pm. Also, no available space to have them. 

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.

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 My planted, established and decorative areas with fruit trees blend nicely into the plot ... for those lazy afternoons. Do I get them I ask?

 

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If my challenge in life is to have dirty knees, no fingernails and a garden full of my own vegetables.. I am healthy and happy.

Comments

  • Jerry @ The Allotment Gardener
    Jerry @ The Allotment Gardener Sunday, 30 November 2014

    Nice blog, H thanks for taking the time to write it, hopefully it will spark some interest.:D

  • Hazel
    Hazel Monday, 01 December 2014

    I do hope so.. its fun once you get started. I am sure the winter months will get a few lovely lottie folk writing. Surely this lot are not shy.

  • Jerry @ The Allotment Gardener
    Jerry @ The Allotment Gardener Saturday, 06 December 2014

    Is there a tumbleweed smiley, it's not happening, better start pestering people again

  • stewart
    stewart Thursday, 25 December 2014

    Mmmmm. Got me thinking here. love it. Thanks Hazel.

  • Hazel
    Hazel Tuesday, 13 January 2015

    Thank you Stewart, Just wondering if you fancy the idea of home land or big allotment?.. What ever you go for enjoy every minute and tell us about it :) :)

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