I grow organic food (when the slugs and snails let me!) in my back garden and my work allotment in South Birmingham. I experiment with heritage varieties, unusual edibles and growing from saved seed.
I make things too, mostly in winter and mainly with crochet and I'm learning to sew dresses and follow patterns with some help from my sewing club friends.
I've always wanted one and now I've found a small one very close to work. I imagine myself spending lunch hours tending to my veg.
You may ask why I wanted an allotment? If you're a regular to my blog you will have seen pictures of my veg plot and large garden. We rent our home and garden and for that reason I've never had the opportunity to grow the longer term investment crops and perennials that need a few years to reach maturity. So there are certain crops I've always wanted to grow but haven't ... until now that is!
I've always wanted a little patch of home grown asparagus. I wait for the asparagus season every year and look forward to lightly grilled asparagus with fried eggs - pierce the yolk and it dribbles on to the asparagus - there's nothing better! And yet I have never tasted "fresh out of the ground" asparagus. I usually get mine from the farmers market and put them in a jar of water to keep them fresh for as long as possible. But now I have the opportunity to finally grow some of my own. Well asparagus has been my main motivator.
There are other things I plan to grow on the allotment plot such as oca, spuds, pumpkins and squash. If I've still got some space I'd like to grow some peas and beans.
I'm also looking forward to some good seedling swaps and seed swaps with my allotment neighbours. I love saving heirloom varieties and am Heritage Seed Library addict. I'm also looking forward to the plot side chats and horticultural debates with my new allotment neighbours. Maybe we'll even exchange some allotment inspired recipes.
So now my windowsills are full of seed trays of pumpkins and beans getting ready for the plot and I've ordered my asparagus - I thought I'd go for plants so I don't have to wait quite so long for my first "fresh out of the ground" asparagus spear!