Being 25, really cool and very trendy, I have managed to find myself the proud owner of an allotment! Last year I visited Chelsea Flower Show and felt inspired to get down and dirty myself. On impulse I applied for a spot in my local allotments, on the full understanding I’d never get a spot due to the very long waiting list. Six months later, I was contacted by the local council and told that a spot had become available!
The spot that had become available looked like this….
I was shown around by a lovely older gentleman, who told me he’d been on the waiting list for the other allotments in my area for 20 years! So I guessed it was now or never.
I’m not sure how successful I am going to be at turning this plot of mini mountains and weeds into an oasis of fruit and vegetables, but we shall see!
idea of growing my own fruit and vegetables really appeals to me on a number of levels. Firstly, I have always had a yearning for growing things and transforming boring grassy gardens into something a lot more exciting… When I was 10, I landscaped my own garden (truly, there was a path with slate stones, a patio area and everything!). Suffice to say, my Dad was not impressed…
Secondly, I want to eat with the seasons. To me, the contrast in the taste of strawberries you buy in July, and the strawberries you buy in December, is enough to convince me that this is the best way to eat. Besides taste though, there are huge environmental advantages to eating with the seasons, especially if you’re able to source your local produce.
Thirdly – for fun! Being outside is good for you, and I genuinely enjoy digging and planting (not so much weeding, but it’s for a good cause!). I want to do something that gets me off my phone, and outside. And judging by the current state of the plot, I think being able to grow anything on here would be a huge achievement…!
Ideally, I’d like to be able to grow the foods I normally eat, like strawberries, peas, potatoes, carrots, rhubarb, tomatoes, salad, sweetcorn… and anything else that will fit! I also want to grow some more unusual vegetables, like purple carrots and varieties of vegetables you can’t normally find in the supermarket.