Allotment

My Sweet Little Allotment

Have I mentioned I love my allotment and how happy I am lately? Even flying visits to water leave me feeling immensely proud, happy and relieved. I got my new plot in March this year, just 2 months after having a full hysterectomy so I reckon I’ve every reason to feel mighty chuffed with myself. This place is my little haven, just as my old plot was (I reluctantly gave it up due to the stupid disease I was suffering with). I knew I had a long road ahead of me to get well and difficult decisions to make along the way, but now I feel as if I’ve come full circle and I’m back to my old self, full of excitement and eager to get stuck in. Of course, I’m careful not to overdo it (I’m still healing after all). I grab endless opportunities to rest and sit inside my little shed, sipping tea whilst looking out across the allotments is pure relaxation.

allotment, cream shed, vintage

On one of my more energetic days last week I cleared and dug over another bed opposite the patch of rhubarb, both beds are roughly the same width and length. I don’t have any solid plans to plant in this bed at the moment (but that could change, I’m thinking gloriosa daisies for autumn colour), I’m concentrating on marking the structure of the plot and improving the heavy clay soil. I didn’t expect to get this far with my plot so everything that has been planted is a bonus, I’m not expecting great things it’s just nice to see something growing, but if I do harvest something it will be even sweeter.

allotment shed, cream shed

Zinnia in the old trough are growing really well and flower buds are beginning to swell. I really hope this trough does well, it would be lovely to see it full of colourful summer flowers. I popped a couple of nasturtium in as well, you know, just to be sure!

galvanised trough, bunting

It hasn’t rained properly for many weeks now so I’m watering frequently during the evenings. My vintage watering can developed a very slight leak recently but that’s to be expected considering the age, it’s still usable though and I love it. I often wonder how many gardeners it served before me.

watering can, vintage, allotment

The sweetcorn plants are putting on a growth spurt now, they’re loving the heat. I put some bunting up around the plot to frighten pigeons away, I doubt it works but it looks pretty.

allotment, sweet corn, sweetcorn, bunting, growing, grow your own

Yesterday I planted lavender next to the shed, as it grows it will overhang the path just in front of the wooden gate (on the to do list), releasing calming scent whenever I walk past.

7 thoughts on “My Sweet Little Allotment

  1. I very much recognise how your new allotment draws you to it, and the enjoyment you get from being there. Gardening can be a tremendous help in recovering from major surgery or a severe illness; I also found – and still find – my garden has an incredible healing power. Do hope the summer is good (with some rain) and you get to harvest your first crops this year!

  2. Beautiful! And I love the term “chuffed with myself” so much that I am going to say it constantly and make it an American thing to say, too!

  3. Iโ€™m new to allotmenteering and just love the feel good effect it has on me. Your idea of using bunting is brilliant, I have some in a drawer following my move and have been wondering what to do with it…Iโ€™ll see if it wards of the pigeons ๐Ÿ˜„๐Ÿ˜„

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