Plot of Jam

This is plot 29E, a half plot on our village allotments and 3 plots in a line away from ours (can you see our blue shed in the distance?).

allotment plot

The previous gardener sadly passed away and the plot left unworked for a long time, crops such as shallots, leek and garlic are still in situ, waiting patiently to be harvested.

shallots

Nobody wants plot 29E so we’ve agreed to take it on. We plan to grow soft fruit bushes, rhubarb, fruit canes and strawberries, also pollinator friendly flowers dotted about here and there to attract bees and butterflies.

making strawberry jam

I enjoy making jams, they’re very popular with our family and friends. Our garden smallholding is too boggy and shady in places to grow fruit bushes and canes successfully (although our orchard is amazing), the allotment is perfect with its open sunny position.

blackcurrant jam

Recycled wood will be used to make raised beds, seeing as the plot will be permanently planted it shouldn’t be too much of a problem with the general care and weeding. I feel this is the ideal way to use this unwanted small plot, eventually it will help to keep our larder cupboard full of jams and offer wildlife a helping hand too.

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  1. Sounds a perfect way to use that plot, I like the idea of wild flowers with the fruit bushes too.

  2. How exciting. A new opportunity for you. Our waiting list is so long we don’t stand a chance of a second plot. Malc

  3. Thanks Julie, we think so too. Sad to watch it go to waste otherwise.

  4. Yes, it is rather exciting and I’m happy to finally see this plot getting some attention. We never planned on taking on another plot, but now we have, there are so many plans for it! Sad that some allotment sites are begging for people to take them on and others have waiting lists.

  5. Lucky you, it looks ideal for what you want to do. xx

  6. We’ve just taken on our second plot for exactly the same purpose. Exciting times.

  7. I’m just thinking, “Hey, free garlic.”

  8. It seems like you’ll be taking on a lot of work with another plot, but I guess once you’ve dug it over and planted it the fruit won’t be too labour intensive. Good luck with this new project and enjoy the jam.

  9. Karin, thank you and yes that’s how I look at it too, long term it shouldn’t be too much to cope with and I am looking forward to all those delicious jams!

  10. Thank you Flighty, better than seeing it go to waste.

  11. Southbourne Gardens, great news! Best of luck with your new plot!

  12. Yes, plenty of garlic but the shallots look a bit tired!

  13. Thank you and you with yours!

  14. I planted some bare root raspberry canes a few weeks ago and I’m impatient for something to happen!

  15. They’ll get going soon mariekeates, after a few years you’ll be trying to tame them ;)

  16. A great idea to take on this plot and plant fruit, I’ve always thought that this is what I would do if I couldn’t manage all of my plot. If you can plant through weed control fabric you won’t have to do too much weeding. I shall look forward to seeing how it transforms, it’s exciting to see an overgrown plot become productive and loved.

  17. I’m also glad you took it on. It’s sad when a previously lived garden is neglected.

  18. That sounds wonderful! I planted a few currant, blackberry and raspberry bushes last year. Hopefully they will take off for my jam patch as well.

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