Do you have an allotment?
As a kid I wanted to grow things. Our garden at home was pretty big, the top third of it more wild-looking with four apple trees and a pear tree. The pear tree that never seemed to bear more than three pears a year. My brother and I frequently had big plans for this part of the garden and we would draw little plans. We wanted to split it in half so that we could both take ownership of part of it and grow things. I remember drawing squiggles to represent lettuce on my plan. Of course, it never happened.
Now Eleanor and Phoebe want to grow things. They want to grow raspberries, tomatoes, carrots and lavender for the the bees. Our garden at home is all but useless for this; there’s no soil. We have a few pots at the top of the garden with marigolds in though.
I got in touch with Birmingham City Council about getting an allotment. It was an easy enough process really. I filled in some information online and then they emailed a list of contacts at each site. A visit was arranged to our nearest allotment site within days.
We were expecting that there were waiting lists, but they had three or four plots free. We chose a half plot, because neither Andy or I have have any gardening experience, and that was it!
Our allotment plot is a third weeds that stand four feet high and two thirds soil that has, thankfully, been covered up. The girls are both so excited and have been trawling through all of the gardening books I borrowed from the library. They’ve got so many ideas of all of the things they want to grow!
First things first!
Before any of that happens, Andy and I need to put in some time clearing the weeds and sorting out a composter. Andy wants to build one out of pallets. We’re going organic, of course, so I’ve been reading some great books about all the things we need to consider. Handily, the neighbour to our plot is an organic gardener too, so hopefully we’ll meet her soon enough and be able to ask for tips!
Obviously I’m pretty excited about us being able to grow our own organic food, but I think I’m most excited about having another hobby to share with the girls. It’s just so nice to have things to share as a family, like karate.
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