Birthday Blog

8 Sep

It is one year since I set this little blog up and since I did my first entry. OK so it then sat dormant for another four months, so don’t be surprised if I do another birthdayish blog in February when the real work started. But anyway for now this is the one year anniversary of getting this thing started.

What I have learnt over a year:

  • Setting up a blog about the escapades of a pair of hapless allotment keepers did not guarantee any digging would actually get done. It stayed an overgrown mess for a long time after my drunken decision to tackle the plot.

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What our plot looked like this time last year

  • Writing the word ‘allotment’ every Friday in my diary was the visual reminder I needed to get me down there regularly.
  • This led to my great revelation that (a lot like meditation or doing yoga) while I viewed going to the plot as yet another chore it was always going to be a battle. Once I loved being there it was much easier, the word ‘allotment’ is no longer required in my diary. I go there any time I can.

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What the plot looks like now

  • Planting seeds is not enough, you have to protect your crops as best you can. This has meant some unpalatable battles with slugs and much purchasing of netting and copper tape. We’ve even made the world’s smallest scarecrow!

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My peppers slug proofed with copper tape and egg shells sprinkled around them.

  • Pumpkins are a great plant to grow with kids.  Yes they have pretty much taken over the entire plot but we are going to have so much fun come Halloween!

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Pumpkins going ever so slightly orange

  • You are not stuck with the crap soil you start with. It is cloddy and clay like round us but having added much organic poultry manure, compost and plant food I can already see it changing. It is crumbly and easier to dig.  And my blueberry bush which was very sickly a few weeks ago has perked up with a bit of ericaceous compost and feed being introduced to it’s little corner of the plot. Once our home made compost gets going this will be even cheaper and easier to do.

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Blueberry bush looking better

  • Having an allotment is even better than having a pet dog. It gives you an excuse to get out of the house whatever the weather but repays you with crops. I can’t say this year’s harvest has been that bountiful. But we’ve grown stuff that we’ve eaten, we have made the plot our own and so far we have not received the much feared threat-of-eviction letter. That was far more than we hoped for a year ago, when I decided to finally tackle the plot.
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2 Responses to “Birthday Blog”

  1. Gill Ridgewell. September 9, 2013 at 11:10 am #

    Congratulations on the first anniversary of the plot! The then and now photos are a testament to all the Ridgewell Ewing hard work! In addition to all that thank you for the blog which I love following and for making me remember lots of gardening lore from my childhood! Think what B and D are absorbing now – they will remember it for a lifetime! XX

    • wifi allotment September 9, 2013 at 6:31 pm #

      Ahh, thanks! That is exactly why I wanted to have an allotment – to give the kids this experience and knowledge. After school today B asked ‘good day at the plot mum?’ as if it is my job! She then asked ‘any luck with the slug traps?’ I swiftly changed the subject as we were eating dinner!! X

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