A while ago, when I put my name on the waiting lists of all the allotment sites within reasonable distance, I knew I was in for a long wait. So, when at the end of June I was offered a half plot, I jumped at the chance. It was on one of my preferred sites and, best of all, it was in a pretty good state. The young couple who had it before me had moved away but they still came back as often as they could so it would not be abandoned.
It came just in time because my little back garden was starting to feel a bit cramped, and things were about to get worse: I had planned to get work done on the house around October but I had to move things forward and, by mid-June, the house was surrounded by scaffolding. That means that I lost 7 feet of space along the walls (that’s most of the area at the bottom of the picture), and all the plants that were happily living there had to be moved!
You can see why I jumped at the chance to get my own little corner of gardening heaven…
This is how it looked when I took it
and how it looks today…still very much a work in progress.
But what I find most fascinating is the difference a few weeks make: I had taken the two butternut squash plants from the garden in order to gain some very needed space and they had not liked being transported, separated and transplanted into this strange new place. A week after, they were still looking very sorry for themselves and I thought I would lose them but look at them now!
As for these beetroots and chards, they were sown on 9th July. The first picture was taken a couple of weeks later on 31st July and the second one today 15th August!
Unfortunately, by the time I started on this plot, the planting season was almost over but, with a bit of luck, I should still have some lovely fresh veg for the winter.