Yesterday (22nd February) marked two years since I took on the custodianship of Plot 12, Bepton Road Allotments. Known fondly as ‘The Cutty Garden’, this small plot of land has undergone quite a transformation over the last 24 months; as has it’s gardener. Perhaps the most notable recent change is that the allotment has doubled… Continue reading Two Years of Allotment Life
A bright sunny morning, and a quiet day to myself. Time to pour a refreshing drink of sparkling water infused with healthy fruit and herbs, shake off that post christmas fuzziness and settle down with pen and paper to plan the coming year. I am getting ahead of the game and drafting out some January… Continue reading Happy New Year
This weekend I have been ticking off a major ‘bucket list’ activity – I have been building a hedgehog house and bug hotel on the allotment in an unused and unproductive corner. Hopefully lots of critters of all kinds will take up residence and repay us with plenty of pest-predation and plant-pollination duties! But what… Continue reading Rooms for rent on the Cutty Garden Allotment!
Allotment archaeology We frequently find echoes of past gardeners whilst digging our allotment plot. Perhaps most intriguing are these pieces of clay pipe we often collect from the soil, which offer a direct link to the people who tended the land before us. We also find various pieces of china and pottery probably from a much… Continue reading Digging the past
September 16th 2017 – Organic September Saturday At the Cutty Garden Allotment, we garden organically. By this, I don’t mean we have certificates and paper work to label us, nor do we employ any secret magic under the full moon. Simply, when I took on the plot in February 2016, I made a promise to… Continue reading What ‘Organic’ means to me at the Cutty Garden Allotment
2017 has been a year of ‘1sts’, of new experiences… some huge, some life changing, some small, some perhaps only of consequence personally so unnoticed by the rest of the world. This weekend it was the turn of one of those smaller moments, but one that is no less inspiring than any others on the… Continue reading Oh my chutney-days!
A day off work means a morning tackling the weekly food shop, followed by an afternoon on the allotment. Well, usually anyway. The past two weeks however, the allocated allotment appointment has been superseded by more pressing matters. In that time, nature has taken advantage of our absence and run riot over the plot. Hot… Continue reading 30DaysWild – It’s a Jungle Out There on the Allotment Plot!