Can you even call yourself an allotmenteer?

Like so many, my route to starting an allotment was driven by the Pandemic. Restrictions due to the health crisis have pretty much, all been lifted. However, the changes to our status in Europe have meant that we do have some limits on where and when we can go to the mainland. As a 3rdContinue reading “Can you even call yourself an allotmenteer?”

Autumn 2022: Final Harvests

I’m back and miraculously my little plot is still alive! It seems that the drought broke not long after we left and there has been a fair bit of rainfall. I was fully expecting most of my crops to have perished through neglect but it seems Nature had other ideas. I couldn’t quite believe howContinue reading “Autumn 2022: Final Harvests”

August 2022: Parting is such sweet sorrow

4th of August  I just visited the plot for the last time before we were about to go to Italy for 5 weeks, leaving the allotment in the hands of my plot partner. I still managed to plant a last few things before I went as there were some things in the little grow houseContinue reading “August 2022: Parting is such sweet sorrow”

July/August 2022: Everything’s coming up

The first lesson I learned about container planting is that watering can be so deceptive. I’ve been happily watering my containers thinking I’m doing well. then I began to wonder why my 2nd set of carrots wasn’t appearing. Even though I thought I’d really saturated it, I tucked my finger into the soil and justContinue reading “July/August 2022: Everything’s coming up”

Early 2022 – New Year New … Nah!

I’m not very good at new year’s resolutions, so I’m just saying that in 2022, I simply intended to try more. More time at the allotment, more different crops, more learning. That’s about all you can do. In the winter, I don’t yet know what to do with the allotment. It’s obviously mostly maintenance –Continue reading “Early 2022 – New Year New … Nah!”

White bean stew with allotment leeks and carrots

The sample posts that came with this theme featured recipes and they gave me the idea to start an occasional series to show some of the dishes I’ve made using my allotment produce as mini blogs. One of my first year’s harvests was leeks which I used in a delicious vegetable stew. This stew isContinue reading “White bean stew with allotment leeks and carrots”

Spring 2022: it starts to look like something

The sun starts to shine and I start to feel energised again. I was at the plot more and started to get things sorted. My partners had got everything dug and the potato trenches were in place, while my corner of the plot still looked neglected. I had not dug or covered the plot soContinue reading “Spring 2022: it starts to look like something”

The end of 2021 Report

For a first year, I think this wasn’t too bad, I planted stuff and I harvested stuff. I lost a fair bit to weather critters and absence but that was to be expected. Notably, my absences didn’t seem as terminal as I’d feared. a lot of stuff got on with it without me – cucumbers,Continue reading “The end of 2021 Report”

August/September 2021: Conflict of interests

I have learned over time to manage my expectations in certain scenarios and this allotment game was one of them. I said yes to my friend’s offer of a share of this plot primarily for a legitimate reason to get out of the house during the pandemic lockdown. I was not thinking I was goingContinue reading “August/September 2021: Conflict of interests”

June/July 2021: My first allotment harvests

In the middle of June, I had my first triumphs. Between the garden at home and the plot, we were actually getting some produce. My allotment partners got the first yield as their potatoes started to give up some bounty. I can’t claim any credit for them as I did none of the Herculean diggingContinue reading “June/July 2021: My first allotment harvests”