Sunday, 11 May 2014

Lucky 13

Well, lucky 13A to be exact!

Can you guess what it is yet?  It's my allotment!!! I have been lucky enough to be offered one of 2 half plots.  When I moved into town and into my small paved back garden I knew I wanted space to grow more stuff so I put my name on the waiting list expecting to wait a few years.  So imagine my surprise when I got an email asking if I'd like one after only 8 months!!

It's been neglected for a year, hence the weeds!! But the one I've chosen (after talking to a stalwart on the site!!)  has lots of raspberry canes (to left of pic) and a healthy patch of rhubarb.  It's also next to the tap so easy to get water to it!  The plots either side are both well maintained.

The fees work out at £1 per week.  Bargain!! The council provide wheelbarrows, communal composting and they cut the grass.  The only downside is that it's close to a river so during very wet summers the river floods.  But that's only happened a few times so not much of a risk.

My parents had an allotment for years so I'm under no illusions.  I'm hoping my boys will help with the heavy digging to begin with but once it's knocked into shape I hope to produce as much of my own veg as possible :-)

Wee bit excited!!


  1. well done Ali, its fab!! will watch your progress with interest!

    Leanne x

  2. My goodness, you are going to be sooooooo busy. I'm sure it will be worth it in the long run though.

  3. Ooh, have fun! My potatoes have just popped up - I was a bit late this year - it's always a thrill, no matter how long I've been growing veg! And for you £1 a week is certainly a bargain - it's about half the price of a cauli here in France.

  4. Brilliant news. I can't wait to follow your progress, you'll have to take lots of photos.

  5. That's absolutely brilliant news! Well done and have fun cultivating your new plot. :)

  6. That is excellent news, I cannot wait to see your progress. I know you are excited (who wouldn't be) but I hope you don't overdo it with your full time job!

  7. Thanks everyone, just waiting impatiently now for my lease and my key. Council lady seems efficient so I hope to be working on it by the weekend :-)