After waiting four long years to get our hands on an allotment, Matthew was VERY keen to get going when we finally got the keys to a plot last year. He spent hours toiling to clear the overgrown jungle and carve out some fresh soil to nurture our very own produce.
So when he ruptured his Achilles Tendon in March he was absolutely devastated at the thought of not being able to tend his patch of land at such a crucial time in the growing calendar.
Having spent many a happy hour at my dad’s allotment as a little girl, I was more than happy to step into the fold and volunteer my services. Was I biting off more than I could chew? Quite probably, but I’m having a go with much guidance from my parents I hasten to add.
At times I feel all at sea with it all, especially when all the retired blokes with immaculate plots are in residence sizing up me and my little rows of emerging produce.
I’m fine when it’s quiet and there’s no one watching, but I seem to get an attack of Katie the clumso when I’m being scrutinised. I got in a right mess this week trying to put some netting over the broccoli while engaging in conversation with the gentleman on the neighbouring plot who were quizzing me about the varieties of veg I’m growing.
Before I knew what was happening I was trapped in the netting, stumbling around and trampling all over my little seedlings – great! They must have been having a right laugh at me when my back was turned. I felt like such an idiot.
Anyway, I am in fact incredibly proud of what i’ve achieved so far and determined to give it a real go. This is what we’re growing:
And at home I’m cultivating sweetcorn and leeks!
If anyone out there has any advice or tips on allotment gardening I’d really appreciate your feedback. This year feels like a bit of a test run to see what works and learn lessons.
I’m ridiculously over-excited every time a seed germinates – god knows what I’ll be like when I get to cook with vegetables I’ve actually grown myself.
Let’s hope I can show all those retired allotment purists that I can actually produce something…