Idea to grow our own vegetables. Check. Packets of seeds bought. Check. A grow your own vegetables magazine for absolute beginners. Check. A handy nearby gardening expert (in the form of my mum). Check. A space to grow the vegetables. Che……well kind of. My mum’s allotment at the bottom of her garden used to be a thriving hub of fruit and vegetable growing but various happenings over the past couple of years has meant she has been unable to devote the time needed to keep the allotment productive. Step in two people who are settled back in the UK and would like to have a bash at growing their own food (that’s Paul and me, by the way).
Our past attempts at growing our own vegetables have not always been a success. Our first attempt at growing tomatoes resulted in giant plants tapping on our windows at night. We didn’t know you were supposed to prune them. Our second attempt at tomato growing was a little more successful (we remembered to prune) and we ended up with a grand total of two tomatoes. So, armed with our magazine, seeds and expert we have decided we are going to make a proper go of it this time.
And so to Project Allotment: Day One. I pull on my wellies and head to end of the garden. I am not really sure where to start so I go back indoors and get my mum. I decide to clear out all the various pots which are on the allotment to see what we had. Conclusion: we don’t need to buy any pots. We then decided to start in one corner and for some reason I chose the one that was completely covered in ivy which had encroached on the allotment from next door’s garden. My mum has got some really mean secateurs which made short work of the thick air roots which had really made themselves at home. We decided to tackle the big bundle of ivy which was on top of the fence and gateway to the allotment. After cutting a lot of this back, we thought that it would be a good idea to push to ivy off the top of the fence. We are either much stronger than we look or the fence was very precariously fixed as when we gave the ivy a big shove, we actually pushed the whole gateway over.
Whoops. I think that is enough gardening for today, let’s go in for a cup of tea.