In my first post I mentioned that I’ve had my plot now for around 7 years. Even back then I was put on a waiting list and it took me a year to get it. I’ve heard of folk waiting around 4 years for a plot nowadays. My plot is where I spend most of my time. Even in winter it’s my ‘place to escape to’ and I can always find something to do, even if it’s just enjoying the fresh air and reading a book! The weeds generally keep me busy though.
Over the years the things which have surprised me the most are the taste of my own vegetables – they are much nicer than anything I’ve bought from shops. They also last much longer than veg from the shops and to me that shows just how long ‘fresh’ produce in the supermarkets must actually have taken to get onto the shelves. I cherish my veggies and enjoy cooking with them nearly as much as growing them. I’m often cooking at the plot to enjoy as much time up there as possible.
It’s Autumn now and it’s sad that the crops are coming to an end and the frost is creeping closer. But there is still plenty to enjoy and this year, as well as my usual winter crops I’m experimenting with some winter potatoes. A bit of cold air doesn’t stop me from being at the plot and I actually find being outside at this time of year really refreshing. There’s nothing better than a day at the allotment followed by a nice warm brew and a hearty meal.