Having been on the waiting list for 2 and a half years, we finally signed on the dotted line in October 2011 for plot 21a. It’s a small area covering 58 sq yards. Apparently, most people start off on this plot and then upgrade to a bigger plot when one becomes free. Not us! 😀 We’ve set up here and are really happy with it. With both of us working full time – we find it’s the perfect size for us at the moment. You’d be surprised what you can do with a small area!
The previous owners left the plot in good condition. They had taken what they wanted, and left the rest to us, including : rhubarb, autumn raspberries, beetroot and a bed of strawberries. Here’s what we’ve changed/added since getting our lottie…
October 2011… The start of an exciting growing journey 🙂 Wellies on, tools to hand, we set off as soon as we could to check the plot out and start work clearing up! We’re allotmenteers now, a little rain never hurt any one. I found a great use for rhubarb on the first day… 😀
Free allotment training with Debdale Eco Centre…
January 2012… We dug a trench ready for the new water system that ran though our plot…
Added raised beds and changed the compost bin from a wooden box to a plastic one…
The plot building up nicely 🙂 potatoes and onions in. We put up pea and bean teepees… and I planted my wellies… like you do!
July 2012… Delicious peas in a pod – they never made it home 😀 and the fruits of our labour starting to show signs of life!
Up come the potatoes and it’s a very disappointing crop 😦 because of all the bad weather in July.
September 2012… A tad too busy to go to our allotment. The big day finally arrives and we are now Mr & Mrs Brown 🙂 yipppeeee!
We kept our little table and chairs on the allotment, rather than at home in the garden, so we have somewhere to put our feet up!
December 2012… Ding dong merrily on high 😀
March 2013… Jassy makes her debut visit to the lottie – turns out she’s an excellent digger and catcher of bees! (although we do tell her not to eat them – she has fun trying!)
July 2013… A fantastic growing year so far! Long may it continue!
So a pretty busy time up to now on our lottie, it’s great to see the changes throughout the seasons. We keep planning, adding and changing things and we love it. I hope you can see from what we have done since October 2011 how much we ‘dig’ allotmenting 🙂
If you have any ideas or suggestions of what we could add or change, please let us know. The fun is in the planning! 😀
Lottie Land Girl Kaz, Stew & Jassy (& the buns too!) 😀 xx