Thursday, 18 March 2010

Plot No 7.

So here it is at last, Plot No 7, our very own little patch of English mud. Not all of it. Just a small rectangle in the far right hand corner, don't think you can make out the pegs in this photo.

On the good side:
No weeds to clear, it's freshly ploughed, empty soil
Apparently it used to be an allotment site but fell out of use some years ago and has been left fallow so the soil won't be over-used
All the users are new, we're all in the same boat, starting from scratch.
It's a beautiful spot, part of a lovely village in open countryside with amazing views all around.
Horses are going to be kept on the neighbouring field and the owner has said the allotmenteers can have all the poo.

On the not so good side:
There's no water supply! Purchase of a shed and water butts is no 1 priority.
It's very exposed, not much shelter, although I am one plot 'in' so my neighbour's plants will take the full force of the wind howling across the fields.
The ankle twisting, massive great clods of industrially ploughed soil look terribly daunting.

There are a total of 30 plots but only 7 have been allocated so far. You don't have to be a Bressingham resisdent to get one so if anyone in the Roydon/Diss area wants an allotment, you know where to look!

So that's it. Big Shop at the Garden Centre this weekend I think, decisions to be made about shed/water butt/paving/positioning of beds. I think I need a lie down ....


  1. Wow, what a wonderful opportunity to start an allotment on lovely ploughed soil, not waist-high brambles! All those big decisions at the start are really daunting - best of luck!

  2. How exciting! I look forward to seeing what you grow!

  3. At least you dont have to start from scratch (weeds, prickles etc, scratch get it).
    The very best of luck with it and I look forward to some allotment grown veggies.

  4. Congrats on finally getting your land. I don't think it matters what you are presented with from thew onset it is amazingly daunting. When I first got my allotment it was one huge patch of grass, twitch and dandelions least you can start planning and planting straight away. Have fun at the garden center!!

  5. blimey....thought that was bigger than the allotments i will look better when its " filled in " why not get 2 that allowed...u cud put a shed+veranda type thingy ...ive a sneaky feeling your going to be spending a lot of time there ...or mabee a mini greenhouse ???????????..xxxcaz

  6. Wow...Shed definitely sounds like a good idea - remember to make it secure if you are keeping tools etc there.

    Very envious, and try not to expect too much this year in terms of produce - use this year to sort it out, and make it good for next year's and successive years bounties.

    Mike Blake