I always wanted an allotment especially after watching the good life as a child, I adored Tom and Barbara so much and thought it would be a dream come true having some pigs!
What I didn't realise is how much hard work they are to get them into shape, I'm talking aching bodies after hours of digging, sore arm muscles after lugging bricks around, and a sore back after bending over so much.
I always feel like I have achieved something great though and that I deserve my dinner after all that fresh air and hard work.
We have has an allotment for just under a year now and have gone from half a plot to a full plot, the thing is its takes x full year if having a plot to know how the sun moves over the plot, what is already established and grows perennially, how it drains after a pour down and how the wind hits it, our first plot was sheltered, sunny all day and peaceful as it was at the far end of all the plots.
Now we have moved to the bigger plot we are right in the middle of the action, overlooked by a huge house that blocks out the sun, compacted clay soil and the drainage is terrible.
So we have gained growing room and the previous owners left us a shed which is awesome but we have lots of work to do to get it in order and with quality growing going on.
So the above pic is when we first took over the plot, when its all sorted I will take another and show you guys.
I have been starting to plant seeds at home and the courgettes are growing so fast already.
We are trying to grow as much as possible this year and be as self sufficient as possible, practising for our move to Portugal.
I am hoping I have more success with things like butternut squash and red cabbage this year, last year they didn't grow.