Well I did it – I am now officially the owner/renter of a whole allotment plot! My other half is wild, full of rubbish, with monster docks and prickles, but on the positive side, I have a shed, the parts of a larger compost bin, two water butts, and some more strawberries! Oh and I’m also on the committee??!?
We were discussing the state some allotment plots given to newbies. Originally I took on the bottom half back in 2010, about the same time as my neighbours. It was tough work digging it over, but very rewarding. Many people give up after a few digging sessions. In the olden days councils would rotovate a disused plot before a new tenant started, but I’m quite glad I didn’t have that choice – I’ve too many docks, and if you chop a dock in half you have two!
I would love to hear from people – what condition was your allotment in when you took it on?