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Thursday, 10 April 2014

Allotment ...... Post 1

     Yes I know that I have posted dribs and drabs about helping out upon an allotment so why "Post 1" I hear yea exclaim? 

     Well some good news came my way today in that I have been invited down to the allotments on Monday to pick my very own plot. Yes I am expecting an overgrown jungle and this year will be bloody hard work and a massive learning curve....but it's mine I tell you all mine...(cue insane laughing). 

     Right back to the plot, so to speak, so the idea being is that I'll be adding a new page to me blog here dedicated to the ups and downs of my torturous attempts at cultivating a small plot of land . All help and advice will be most humbly accepted and warmly appreciated. Now all I have to do is bloody well figure how to add a new page to me blog .... bugger! 

19 comments:

  1. Well it sure looks like your life is falling into place finally...you have Bear by your side, a settled home on the horizon and now your very own allotment...what more could a man want? X

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  2. If only it were that simple.... I've lost so much that healing is something I can only dream of

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    1. Found these words for you...‘Some steps need to be taken alone. It’s the only way to really figure out where you need to go and who you need to be.’ X

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  3. Exciting news John! Before we moved I was waiting for an allotment but never got to the top of the list as so many other's were also waiting. It'll be hard work but so rewarding when you get your own home grown veggies at the end of it.
    What's that quote " Gardening is cheaper than therapy..... and you get tomatoes! " .

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  4. That quote sums it up nicely, cheers dreamer

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  5. This is great, John! Sounds like things will line up well enough for you eventually. Seems to me you're giving your best effort.

    When it rains, look for rainbows. When it's dark, look for stars.

    Take care and good luck with the plot. I'm absolutely no help with gardening tips. Sorry.

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    1. Still shaking that bush Casey, reminds me I need to mail you to fill in the things unwritten here.

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  6. Forgive my stupidity, but what exactly IS an allotment? It sounds like it is a piece of land given to you to garden upon? Who owns the land? Do people get allotments when they don't own their own homes, but still want to be able to grow things? Who does the allotment belong to that you were working to clear earlier? Were you just working on that one for someone else? Sorry to not understand this, but I'd like to.

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    1. Hey Laurie,
      Not that I'm knowledgeable but here goes.... You're right in that an allotment is a piece of land given over to cultivating. The land is usually owned by the local council and measured plots are rented for a nominal fee for folk who wish to grow their own food stuff. There are usually a host of rules with them and also because they are very cheap to rent once folk get one they usually hang onto them till death or pass them on to family, so there is usually a waiting list. They seem to have had a resurgence over the last few years as money has become worth less and less.
      The allotment I work on belongs to someone else whom I'm just helping out in return for much needed advice. I still indeed working on that one as well as my own plot... Idle hands n all that. Hope this helps a tad.

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  7. My only advice about veg' gardening is the VERY OBVIOUS, only grow what you really wish to eat. People are often keen to grow 'a bit of everything', and much goes to waste. Vegs that keep well (over winter) are useful, and plenty of green leafy stuff (chard, psb, kale, cavolo nero, etc).

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  8. Sage advice Cro, I don't think all be actually growing much on my own plot this season just preparing it in the main. Been looking at diggless beds initially.

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  9. John, at the top of my blog is a page tab with blog tutorials on it. It shows you how to add pages - hopefully!

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    1. Many thanks Dc, I'll check it out once out of the fun factory.

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  10. Look forward to reading about your allotment tales, John. Best advice I would give is grow your Brassica's in pots with new compost. Old allotments are often full of Club Root.

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    1. Ah I have a cunning plan regarding the veg plots....stay tuned.

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  11. Excellent! There is nothing like eating your own veg. They taste better, probably because they are fresh, but also probably because you know all the effort that went into their production and not enjoying them after that would be churlish... :- )

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  12. Indeed not, all that I have to do now is figure out how to tackle the jungle that I have been allotted, what I wish to grow and finally how to grow the bloody stuff !
    Oh and welcome aboard :-)

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  13. Good luck with it! Plant plenty of herbs they're the best way to change the taste of a meal and look great around the plot. Also get loads of cardboard and cover over any patches your not going to grow on this year - it will make a huge difference to the amount of weeds you've got in future years.

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  14. Thanks kev, appreciate the tips.

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