In the beginning there was waiting.

So I’ll start from the beginning.

I was in Sweden when I got an email from the council offering me an allotment 3 weeks ago. When I put myself on the waitinglist in the beginning of November  -15 I was #9 so thought it would at least take me a year or more until I would get a plot so imagine my surprise!

As soon as I returned to UK I gave the council a call and 1,5 h later I was down at the allotment and picked my 2.5 rods with a marvellous greenhouse and a nice plot in the back.

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The lady gave me a key to the allotment gate there and then. It was a bit surreal and exciting at the same time. There I was standing on my dream, my allotment!

“Shit! What do I do now? How do I get started? What do I need? How did this happen so quick?”

I walked around and said hello to the few other people who was down there and working on their plots. All of them were very friendly and gave some good advise and tips. Turns out this allotment has its own online forum, so I went home and signed up and read up. Needless to say I trawled the internet about allotments, doubble digging, getting started, seeds, tools, manure, composts, waterbutts, pests, clubroot etc etc. You name it I’ve probably read about it. There and then i took the decision to: STOP! plan and take it slow. I’m a beginner, don’t even think I have 1% of Monty Dons knowledge (yes I’ve watched gardening tv programs too) but I’m going to give it the best I have and do the best I can. Some of it will not work and somethings will.

One of the first jobs I did was to tidy up the greenhouse. I got advise from my sister-in-law to use this:

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An all-natural product made in Sweden from liquid rosin. It has been used for hundreds of years and is still an unbeatable all-purpose cleaner as well as friendly for the environment.Suitable for:
– Sinks, bath tubs, toilettes, kitchen and bathroom tiles
– Stone and wooden worktops
– Furniture, both painted and oiled
– Floors; wooden, stone, laminate, and tile
– Wooden, metallic and plastic toys

And it smells much better than Jay’s and available to buy from OCADO.¬† I took my 2 girls (8, 10 yrs) to the allotment one sunny day and we cleaned, scraped moss, fixed vents, dug up weeds and then had a lovely little picknic inside our greenhouse. We also drew a scetch of our plot and talked about what we want to grow. Its so lovely to see my girls getting involved and excited and hopefully eating more vegetables at the end of the year.

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