Over the last few weeks we have been harvesting the crops on the allotment. Strawberries, blackberries and raspberries, potatoes, onions, broad beans, spinach and courgettes too. The rhubarb also continues to be pulled occasionally. With the minimum of effort we have achieved a bountiful harvest!
If the truth is told, for the most part, we have let the allotment look after itself this year. There have been occasional days weeding (too occasional if the number of weeds still present is anything to go by) but we have let the plants do or die. To our surprise the plants have coped pretty well without our loving care and attention. Sure, some did not make it – the mange tout failed this year and the gooseberries were smothered by the weeds and have all but died. But on the whole the lack of parental guidance did not see the plot go off the rails.
However, this can’t continue. Allotmenteering requires a certain commitment. The joy that comes from the harvest is a product of the preparation of the soil and the nurturing of the crop. The joy of this year’s harvest comes from the hard work put in over the last three years and we were only able to leave the plot as much as we did because of the hard work that I have written about in previous posts on this website.
Things here are changing. Miss M and Mr S are moving away, leaving me to work the plot alone. I simply cannot put in the number of hours that is needed to maintain a high quality plot as well as fulfilling other commitments in my life. Whether I give up the plot completely or give up half the plot is yet to be decided, but the time has come to downsize in one way or another.
I’ve loved the last three years on the allotment. It’s done much more than just providing me with fruit and veg. But things move on.
As for this blog, well, I think I have said all I can say about my allotment. This will be my last post here. The blog has been an integral part of my allotment experience. I have really enjoyed using it to express my feelings on the success and failures I have encountered. But I don’t feel that I have anything more to add, so I really should stop!
The best thing about writing the blog has been the communication with the people who have read it. Blogging is fantastic in that it connects you with other bloggers, people with the same interest as you and people with whom you can share your experiences. I have loved reading other peoples blogs and the comments that people have left on my posts. Both have been sources of motivation and inspiration. Thank you to those who commented and to those who read without leaving a message.