I’m Emily. For as long as I can remember I’ve been surrounded by gardening and allotmenteering, spending weekends growing up on my families veg plot or in the garden looking after the chickens and ducks. After moving away from home, I found myself longing for those same outdoor adventures, digging around in the dirt and picking fresh tomatoes! I don’t think I realised at the time how lucky I was to have those things around me.
I knew I needed to get myself an allotment, so I put my name on several waiting lists for local sites. I’ve been lucky enough to have had a new plot with each house move and have had my current plot for 3 years now. Every year has been completely different.
My plot is a little half sized patch at just 5 pole, which for me is just the right size. As much as I would love to spend all day every day on the plot, I am limited to summer evenings and a couple of hours at the weekend (which can be severely affected if we have a week of dodgy weather). My plot came with a rickety old shed (with no door and missing windows) some amazing rhubarb, raspberries and lots of potatoes which I still find popping up all over the place.
I’ve spent the last 3 years slowly getting to grips with my plot, ticking off some of the bigger jobs on my to-do list but I still have lots of ideas and plans to fulfill. I am still very much a beginner and learn new things every year. I am also slowly starting to adventure into sowing my own seeds for the plot, which has been a huge learning experience so far!
There are several reasons why I love my allotment so much, one of those is that I love cooking (well eating mainly!). I really enjoy cooking for my husband, friends, family and myself. So I try and grow things which I either know I will enjoy eating or will enjoy experimenting with.
I’ve also discovered the joys of a freshly picked bunch of flowers. I am putting a lot of my efforts this year into creating my own cutting garden on the plot for myself and the wildlife to enjoy. Stay tuned for updates on my adventures.