Clive has lived and worked all his life in central Somerset and when he retired his wife told him to take up a hobby, get an allotment or something. So he did. This all happened in September 2015. His plot is about 5m by 30m and had not been used for the previous four years. I think we can all imagine what it looked like ans was probably quite a daunting task. Deep rooted weeds, back breaking digging, is that what we all wish for when we retire? well perhaps if we look at the outcome, we might just say yes.
This photoblog concentrates on the produce from the plot, whilst giving us just a couple of peeks at the plot itself, inspiring stuff if you think its taken less than a year.
Those regimental lines, look like trooping of the colour. As soon as there's a space he's got something else in and started, carrots in between his spring onions.
His turnips hit the allotment table
The parsnips look a good size too
Swedes pass inspection with ease
Those nets have kept the butterflies away and produced some stunning cabbages (Savoy, Jerry's favourite)
We arrive at the kitchen with another selection of his vegetable labours
Hope he's got some space in his freezer
There's a bit of fruit out there too, think these come from his garden
Raspberries an old allotment favourite
You have to have the right soil to get quality blueberries
Peas have reached over six feet high and are very heavy croppers
They'll overshadow the dwarf beans
The kholrabi has a variety of uses, including salads and stews
Those tomatoes have started appearing
So as long as he keeps his garden like this, I reckon she might just let him, keep going with his retirement hobby, well done Clive
Clive's allotment is an inspiration, what are you going to do over the next twelve months. Wer're sure there'll be more success and pictures over the next year, why not follow him and see Twitter @clivedavies15