June 10, 2008

Getting started

On Sunday I went up to the plot to get started, accompanied by my daughter Laura. We nosed around the allotment and met the man who hires out the strimmer. When he found out that I had just taken on a quarter plot he said that "...anybody who walks and breathes" should be able to cope and gave me some sweetcorn seeds. Tough talk - this sounded like a challenge.

Laura is nearly at the end of her degree and weakened from 3 years at University. She started digging, while I cleared a space for a compost bin. She poked at the soil with the lady fork in a half-hearted manner, then collapsed. I lasted a bit longer, but didn't finish the bin. We dragged our unfit carcasses home 2 hours later, having trouble walking and breathing. More next week ...

June 01, 2008

Lower Roedale allotments

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I've got the plot!

When I signed up on the allotment waiting list last year I thought I might get one by the time I retired. It was a bit of a shock when I got to the top of the list after only 14 months. I'm not sure I've got the time at the moment, so I've taken on a quarter plot to see how I go.

The allotment is on the Lower Roedale site in Hollingdean, Brighton. Strangely Lower Roedale is right on on the top of the hill with a tremendous view over Brighton to the sea. On a clear day you can see the Isle of Wight. The quarter plots come ready dug and the idea is that tenants try them out to see if they can keep on top of the work before moving up to a large
r plot.

This blog is a journal of how I get on, what I plant, when and how (or if) it grows. There are many allotment blogs, as I found out when I tried to find a name for the blog that hadn't been taken. Most of the blogs don't last long - maybe the bloggers are too busy on their allotments.