It’s been a whole five months since I took on my allotment and so much has changed….! It’s probably best I start from the beginning though. In January this year, I got my very own allotment. I wrote a post for this blog, but then decided against posting it as it wasn’t really in line with the rest of the blog. Upon reflection, this was a stupid idea – I mean, what could be more in line with a food blog about fruit and vegetables than growing the damn things?!
So I have now posted that post, (if you read it, just pretend it’s five months ago – I’ll set the scene: long, dark nights, frost, post-Christmas slump, constant rain, bare trees, no flowers – makes you wish you were there right?!)
Anyway, I thought I’d do an update because SO much has changed! I mean, it’s no longer such a haven for weeds, it’s no longer boggy, marsh land, and more importantly: THERE ARE THINGS ACTUALLY GROWING ON IT!! AND THEY’RE NOT WEEDS!
I genuinely cannot believe how far it has come in such a short space of time. It’s no where near finished, but by golly am I proud of what’s been achieved so far.
There are raised beds, structures for things to grow, salad leaves that started as seeds, which are now ready to be eaten! Pathways, a fruit cage, structures for plants to grow up… and more. And most importantly, my original goal was to grow at least one strawberry, well as of today I have greatly surpassed that, as I have now successfully grown two, with lots more strawberry blossom coming through! I’m beyond excited!
Currently growing on the plot is:
Sunflowers, raspberries, tayberries, rhubarb, apples, strawberries, spinach, rocket, mixed salad leaves, courgettes, cucumbers, a pumpkin, orange tomatoes, cherry tomatoes, black and red cherry tomatoes, sugar snap peas, sweetcorn, leeks, normal carrots, spring onions, short and round carrots, purple carrots, sweet peppers, and aubergines.
One third of the allotment is still uncultivated, so hopefully within the next month, there will be an additional raised bed and plenty of room for growing winter vegetables such as potatoes, parsnips and broccoli.
If any of the vegetables are successful such as the peas and sweetcorn, I am going to have a go at preserving it for Christmas! How cool would it be to eat vegetables you’ve grown yourself on Christmas Day!? Yeah… it’s probably just me that thinks that’s cool, but oh well!
I’m absolutely loving growing everything and it’s giving me a weird sense of achievement to see things change from seeds into fully fledged plants ready for eating. This year, I haven’t been able to grow everything from seed, simply because it took so long to get the plot going because of the mess it was in at the start. Next year, I’m hoping I’ll be able to do a lot more.