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

A New Compost Bin!

So I’ve been digging slowly and removing all the grass and I have filled up my compost bin after having done about a quarter of my first bed

I scoured the internet for a new compost bin and brought one online from Primrose.co.uk. I’m please with it it arrived flatpacked! and was very easy to put together:

I have worked out that it is three times bigger than my existing bin. This means that it should take all the grass I dig out of the rest of my bed. It was rather expensive though at £35.99 plus p&p

I was talking to the other men on the allotment while I was waiting for my compost bin to be delivered and they told me I should build a compost bin out of old pallets. Pity I didn’t ask the before buying this.

I am a bit worried as this is the first of four beds on my allotment so I am concerned that I will not have any compost space for when I dig my future beds. I don’t know how long will take for the compost to rot down.

Any advice would be gratefully received