Allotment Diary

Merry Christmas and a big thank you!

This blog of mine, has always been a bit of an on and off kind of thing and something that I tackle in fits and spurts. More often than not I’ll start to keep things updated with hayfire excitement – which as the condition suggests burns out very quickly.

At the beginning of the year I made a promise to myself that I would be more proactive with my blog, keep it updated for at least a year and really let you know how I’m getting on, no matter how disastrous it may turn out.

I’ll have to admit, it’s not all been plain sailing. I’ve wound up with tiny onions, the structure I built for my rhubarb got obliterated and I’m fairly sure I’ve been keeping a family of field mice well fed – with seeds in the spring and now with the potatoes I’m storing in the shed.  However, I didn’t do bad with the courgettes, rhubarb, new potatoes, runner beans, French beans, carrots, blackberries and shallots.

All said and done we’re nearly at the end of year and I can safely say that I’ve kept my promise. Each year I appreciate more and more the benefits of green space and what it can offer in is this busy world we live in.  If you’re thinking of getting a plot at your local allotment, then do it, but please bare in mind that it’s alot of hard work and patience – that pays off eventually. Eventually being the key word.

In the kitchen I’ve made jam successfully for the first time and I’ve mastered the very easy art of freezing and storing my produce.

So what does the future hold? Well, throughout the course of the year I’ve had two great ideas, each evolve around creating a garden that has a theme.

My first idea was a Christmas Garden, whereby you grow your Christmas dinner from scratch, excluding the Turkey of course!

The second idea I had was to grow a Victory Garden from the 1940’s, whereby the end result is that you live off the land as much as possible to survive.

What would you like to see me grow? Let me know 🙂

The more I think about it, the more I’m leaning toward building a victory garden – there’s quite a bit history involved and I’d love to know what techniques I can unearth and pass on.

If you’ve been following my blog, you’ve probably noticed a change in design – to something a little bit more elegant. What do you think? I’d love to know your thoughts.

Well that’s it from me for a couple days so let me take this opportunity to wish you a very Merry Christmas and the very best for the festive season. Thank you for reading and commenting, commenting and reading and I really look forward to showing you my allotment as it grows and develops in 2017!

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