Plot No.15


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.



16 Responses to “Plot No.15”

  1. stevemoulson November 3, 2012 at 2:31 pm #

    Blog and plot looking good I will have to come to you for advice,seeing that you have had an allotment for 7 years. I also go to mine to chill out and have a natter,I end up sometimes coming home and thinking bugger I’ve not done anything at all.

    • Anna B November 3, 2012 at 5:11 pm #

      Haha! I know the feeling!

      I’ve learnt a lot over the years but by no means expert. For example, this year my courgettes were terrible but my broccoli was amazing – now there’s a first!

      Thanks so much for your comment and for dropping by :)

  2. notjustgreenfingers November 8, 2012 at 8:58 pm #

    Your allotment site is beautiful.
    There isn’t a waiting list at my allotment site, we must be the only site in the country that doesn’t have a waiting list, which is why I’m lucky to have four plots

    • Anna B November 8, 2012 at 9:05 pm #

      Hello Mrs Thrift! Thanks so much for visiting my blog! Your plots are great and it’s very admirable that you have 4 and make the absolute most and best of them :) you do right!

  3. Sue@GLAllotments November 11, 2012 at 4:08 pm #

    I came along from Notjustgreenfingers blog – you have a lovely plot – it’s not the cold that puts us off it’s the wet soggy soil.

    • Anna B November 11, 2012 at 4:37 pm #

      Hello Sue! Thank you so much for dropping by and your lovely comments :) very true indeed! Soggy soil is not good!!

  4. The Garden Smallholder December 30, 2012 at 7:28 pm #

    Wow! What a beautiful plot you have! I can see why it’s your place to escape to. I hope our new plot looks as lovely as yours in the future.

    • Anna B December 30, 2012 at 7:30 pm #

      Ah, thanks so much! It’s taken me many years but lots of enjoyment along the way :)

  5. Patricia Mason (@WoodlouseHouse) January 16, 2013 at 3:13 pm #

    You have a lovely plot! Hope mine develops like this …. need someone to help though as I’m a fair weather gardener I’m afraid!

    • Anna B January 19, 2013 at 6:01 pm #

      Hello Patricia! I must say that gardening in fair weather is definitely nicer! Although, when it’s too nice I tend to get less done!! Thanks so much for your lovely comment and for dropping by :)

  6. Mrs V February 23, 2013 at 9:54 pm #

    Your plot is stunning! Loving your blog too! I couldn’t agree more on the taste of homegrown vegetables, they are on a completely different level to shop bought ones and having experienced the taste of homegrown veg makes the shop bought ones taste, well, dissapointing. Hope you’re enjoying the wintery days at your allotment before the spring starts properly!

    • Anna B February 23, 2013 at 10:16 pm #

      Hello Mrs V! I am really looking forward to the spring and although I don’t mind pottering around in the cold a bit of sunshine helps! Thanks so much for your comment and for dropping by :)

  7. CJ September 7, 2013 at 8:02 pm #

    What a lovely plot, and great to hear that you are there even in winter, very inspirational! I go too, when I can. It intrigues me how different all sites are. Yours looks really nice and quite unusual. You are so right that home (or allotment) grown veggies are the best. Much better than supermarket ones I think. I fear that in the future I will have very little time for an allotment, but when I read pieces like this it inspires me to try and hold on to my plot. I do like it there, and it’s a whole different world once I am on the site and the gate closes behind me.

    • Anna B September 7, 2013 at 8:33 pm #

      Hi CJ, that’s how I feel when I’m there too, like I’m a million miles away from everything and everywhere but I’m actually only a stones throw from my house! Being so close definitely makes it easier to keep up but I do love being outside in fresh air and with only a small garden at home this is really what I think of as my garden. I hope you do keep yours up, it gets easier over the years as you’ll usually do something each year to help with the maintenance, when I first got mine I had no paths so was always fighting the weeds, the year I put the pebble paths down was a big turning point. Thanks so much for your comment :)

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