Although the allotment plot was mainly Tim’s baby, I am slowly getting drawn into it, and I’m surprised by how much I’m enjoying it. It hasn’t cured me of my fear of slugs yet, but spiders are definitely less traumatic out in the wild compared to when they’re lurking in the bath. (I have no idea why though.)
Today we bought some more gardening gloves and came back to clear a little more of the plot. The Rosebay Willowherb comes out easily enough, but the brambles and unidentified buttercup-type plants (which grow runners and set down roots every ten centimetres) are harder to shift. Still, we’re making progress, and I reckon we’ll have at least half a plot to work with come the spring.
Best of all today was the allotment association’s harvest get together, complete with competitions for produce and preserves, as well as food and a chance to meet some of our allotment neighbours. Many of those we spoke to had had their plots for a few years and so were a welcome source of advice, and friendly with it. We just need to get the onions in now, and we’ll be competiting for a prize next year – hopefully!!