First Bed Created ready for the Spring

My plan is to dig four large beds in the allotment. Each one of these wil be 7m x 4.5m. I have been slowly digging my way through the first bed removing all the grass and as many roots as possible by hand

I’m pleased to have got this done – 30 hours work over about 4 weeks. I can now plant some Broad Beans to overwinter, but I think I’m a bit late for anything else. Still it will be ready for the spring!

Three more of these to dig

A friendly supportive and generous community

I was told that by taking on an allotment I would be joining a community and that I would meet new people. I was sceptical about this at first as on many occasions I am the only one around when visiting my allotment.

My scepticism was misplaced as I have gradually met other allotment holders over the past month. Every single one of them has been friendly. They are interested in what I am doing and are very willing to offer advice which has been very helpful.

The generosity of my fellow allotmenteers has been overwhelming.

I have been given garden tools by someone who was giving up their allotment and was offered another compost bin by another man.

Compost bin generously placed on my allotment

I have witnessed people helping others out: one man has dug the allotment next to his for a person who has developed dementia so that he can continue with his allotment despite his illness and another has rotavated the allotment of someone who has had a couple of strokes.

I am looking forward to becoming more involved with this generous and helpful community.

It would be great to hear any stories of kindness you have if you wish to comment