And so another gloomy August week went by with a heartbreakingly small potato harvest – 6 portions?! Delicious but, as I felt, rather embarrassing. There were tears (tears for taties! 🤦🏼♀️) and coming just days after a storm had battered my tomatoes to the ground, I even considered giving up growing completely.
Chris cheered me up and our lovely allotment neighbour Ronnie reminded me that I had encouraged her when things had not gone to plan too. Still, a change was needed and I took a stroll down to Little Lottie to get some inspiration.
There I was greeted by a neglected blackcurrant forest showing huge potential for next year, our usual jungle of rhubarb, and a wild looking damson tree. The damson was a present from James a few years ago now and was a cutting which he had grafted. Now there are at least twenty fruits ripening on it. I’m sure that with a bit more love there will be many more next year.
Then, heading to the back corner I saw the tree that started it all. Back in the very beginning, the Christmas after we first met, Chris rented me an allotment plot for my present. In the middle was a tiny apple tree who had had its top chopped off during a disagreement between some former owners. It went on to grow back and bear fruit every year and it’s still growing strongly today.
We’re going to give up big Lottie, sadly it’s just too big for us to maintain.
We’re going back to Little Lottie only. A beautiful half plot with lots of fruit already and lots of potential.
Jobs now include moving the chickens, strimming, clearing and setting up a compost system. We also really need to invest in our soil, it’s a very heavy clay and needs some help to get ready for veg. It’s such an exciting project and there’s lots to do!
The vision includes 3-4 small rotational beds, a raised bed, a welcome bed of bulbs, a sweet pea flower arch and a small bed of autumn bliss raspberries for Little Pea to munch on.
But for now we’ll be back up to the plot in the morning to give the chickens a good run out, a clean and some vitamins!
Keep it green,