We have lived in this town for 13 years and have mentioned having an allotment from time to time. We had one when the children were little and we lived in Hampshire and my dad always had one, so I grew up in the culture. But moving around the country, creating 2 gardens from builders rubble and working full time as well as being a mum have rather ruled it out in the last 15 years.
But now I only work 2 mornings per week, have the garden under control and both children are now adults, I technically have the time, if not the back!
What you see above is a neglected patch of Wiltshire clay, measuring 20 of my feet across (and they are smaller than actual feet) and 80 down. The previous tenant has cleared a little patch in the foreground where some starved leeks are growing and there is a wigwam of runner beans carrying some mature beans. There is then a stretch of about 40 feet of couch grass, bindweed and strawberries, and then another tilled patch growing a few thistles. I am standing in front of a patch of nettles, the remains of a compost bin and a high Leyland cypress hedge-you can see the shadow in the early morning sun. On the up side, there is rhubarb!
I spent an hour this morning cutting the grass path roughly with shears and wondering where to start. ….think I’ll go the garden centre and price up weed suppressing fabric and weed killer. I want to be organic, but I think I have to clear this first. Any suggestions?