In April 2011 I took on a brand new plot at the village allotment, the whole site being uncultivated pasture for 30 years prior to being divided up into plots. When I first viewed the plot I knew I had my work cut out.
Although not overgrown as some plots are the ground was really compacted, rock hard like cement. Work commenced during a drought that seemed to go on forever, becoming a plot holder quickly turned into a nightmare. Still, work carried on and a few broken spades and forks later the plot was worked to a point where a few crops could be grown in that first year.
Attractive and productive my allotment plot looks very different. I’m very proud of it.
The raised beds were made from recycled summer houses and sheds, thrown out in a skip. Gravel paths help to cut down on weeds, stops me from slipping over in winter and keeps pests such as slugs and snails at bay.
Beneficial pollinators are welcome on Plot 4, I grow lots of different flowers for bees and butterflies and provide bug boxes for hibernating insects and mason bees to populate each spring.
Plot 4 was once a weedy patch of unloved, uncultivated land. Now it’s very much our haven, feeding a family and helping wildlife to thrive.