So, I didn’t manage to make a lot of progress bulb planting last weekend due to being distracted by a load of salvaged flowers and this weekend I’m being distracted by a visit to my parents house! But I did manage a trip to their allotment this morning.
I know a lot of people who have very fond memories of allotments because their parents and/or grandparents had one when they were growing up. I always feel they must have been such special times and this post by Pushing Up Dandelions captures feelings of vague memories and hard work and this one by Crafty Garden Hoe alludes to the fact that gardening, especially in allotments could be passed on through the family. I also love Crafty’s post because I can relate to her feelings of wanting to have time out from the city.
For me though, it’s been the other way around. My folks have always been keen gardeners but it’s only since they moved house and downsized their garden that they acquired a plot. They’ve often enjoyed helping me with mine so as soon as the council made some local land into allotments I knew they’d be keen to get on the list. They’ve had it around a year now and I do enjoy visiting. It’s so different to mine, it’s one of around 40 plots where mine is only one of a few and it’s more of a traditional plot than a garden, which mine has become over the years. There’s a great atmosphere down there on a busy day and a real variety in terms of plot styles and veggies.
My visit is good timing because although I feel sad that the main growing season is nearly over it’s this time of year I start to get ideas for spring and feel optimistic. I’m also amazed at just how many veggies are still growing really well on all the plots since they’re further north in Lancashire.
As a result of my visit I will definitely be growing Kale next spring. I’ve eaten so much of it this year and I’ve picked a bag full, hoping to make baked kale chips asap! We also scored some very healthy looking celery and I’ll be putting that on my ‘to grow list’.
My mum’s neighbouring plot has some lovely chard, I just love the bright colours. I wasn’t overly impressed with my attempts this year so will be on the lookout for some better specimens for spring because it really does look cool.
This shed and rainwater combo on one of the plots has to be one of the smartest I’ve ever seen, I have shed-envy BIG TIME! It’s great snooping around the allotments! Thanks for the tour and the veggies mum.