Damson Cottage Garden

Allotment excitement!

Happy New Year! Today we became official allotment holders. For a mere £15 a year, this half plot – measuring 8m x 27m will keep us stocked with soft fruits and cut flowers for the house (well, thats the plan!). We spent this afternoon measuring the site and excitedly planning the space. I thought I would give you a guided tour…

Our new allotment

As we both work full time we are planning a low maintenance fruit and flowers allotment. My grandad has an allotment that keeps him well stocked with raspberries all year round – a hefty number go to his freezer. We plan to emulate this as soft fruit is very expensive in the shops – but actually low maintenance to grow as long as you have the space. Once planted, we are hoping a thick mulch of free soil improver (available from the council recycling plant) and an annual prune will keep the fruit bushes happy.

We want to implement a no dig system (doesn’t everybody!). This will involve a thick mulch once a year and a covering of weed control, porous membrane fabric over the majority of the plot. We will spend a bit of time getting the supports right for the fruit. These bramble bushes came with the plot – we will need to retrain them into something that looks less like a thorny carpet.

Our new allotment

Look at the other exciting free stuff (junk) we get on our plot!

Our new allotment

Perhaps the allotment doesn’t look much at the moment, but by the end of the year it’s going to be a beauty! I love thinking of all the possibilities a fresh new year brings. It’s like the feeling before you check your lottery numbers – ‘I could be a billionaire tomorrow’. Hopefully your resolutions will be more attainable than winning the lottery! My resolution is to be in the garden more and rush less (oh and blog more!). Here’s to a happy heathy new year, Jane x

6 Responses to Allotment excitement!

  1. Sally says:

    Congratulations on getting an allotment – they are great. You will get years of joy from it

    • admin says:

      I hope we will get years of fruit from it too!

  2. Greenfingers says:

    Good idea having a fruit allotment – as you say, expensive in the shops and fairly low maintenance to grow. Great site!

    • admin says:

      I hope it goes to plan – any suggestions welcome! Jane

  3. Peter says:

    At around 4 pence a day your allotment has to be the bargain of the year!

    • admin says:

      Haha! 4p a day does seem very reasonable! Jane

Inspiration to make your garden a useful, beautiful place you love