My vegetable growing life is about to enter a new chapter, and I’m quite excited about it. I’m saying goodbye to the allotment in favour of a little vegetable plot in the new garden.
There’ll be a scaling down of the amount that I grow, but the stroll to the end of the garden rather than a one mile walk to the allotment [or more often than not, driving there] is what’s really clinched the decision.
I’ll be able to pick just the right amount of vegetables as I need them and keep an eye on things every day, this could mean that I have a better chance of getting to grips with pests and diseases. You can probably tell that I’m still gutted about the blight that demolished my tomato crop this year, sob.
I can see from the state of my allotment, compared to neighbours who live over the road and keep their plots all spick and span, that being nearby is a major factor in keeping a healthy, productive allotment.
The tradition of allotments is a wonderful thing, they go on through the decades, handed on from one person to the next, each contributing their own layer of experience. So I’m still championing allotments, but my posts about growing vegetables will be from my garden instead.
Happy gardening, Jill
all photos: Jill Anderson