This is the time of year when the allotment and garden really start to come to life. Helped along by a little warmth and wetness seedlings are popping up all over the place. And perennial plants and shrubs that have been quiet over the winter months are coming back into their own. Suddenly the allotment is a very crowded place! Unfortunately the one thing that can be guaranteed not to grow in relation to the plants (and weeds!) is the time that I have got available to tend my plot...
Over the last couple of years my work life has changed significantly, moving from fulltime employment to working freelance and running my own small business. This means that my work hours follow a less regular pattern and take me away from home more frequently - making the time I can spend on the plot much less regular. I have tried to reflect this new routine in the way that I cultivate my plot, thinking more about perennial planting, keeping the ground covered and allowing plants to seed themselves more and find their own space. However, the challenge with this is that my plot is not presented in regimented lines and layout which is more typical of traditional allotment plots. Which can cause conversation and consternation between other plot holders, who may mistake a productive polyculture as a space that is messy and uncultivated.
Has anyone else got any examples of less traditional ways of growing veg and cultivating an allotment space? I'd love to see them if you have.
Cosmos seedlings coming along in the greenhouse
Chive flowers - soon these will be cut back to make a mulch
Brassica flowers on last year's kale - I leave them as the bees love them
An artichoke starting to heart - this is the first time I have managed to grow them!
Looking down over the whole plot