|The first plot offered|
When house buying, we had our budget and our ideas of what house we wanted but sadly had to come to a compromise. We wanted a garden big enough for the kids to play in but also a house to call a home (and big enough for 4 people eventually - as we only had sprout 1 at the time). We chose a bay fronted period property, which, while spacious on the inside, the garden was very small (think courtyard). There is a sizable garage that takes up most of the garden but this was also a great selling point as somewhere to keep the tools and car.
We decided on this house as it's one street away from the river and very close to a large rugby field, park and playground and also we have the Monmouthshire and Brecon canal behind the house. The house is nestled in a deep valley between two mountains and the views are to die for. We just couldn't resist. Sadly, the north-facing garden is little more than 6 square meters. Just big enough for some small planters and a playhouse for the kids. (this was before sprout number 2 was born)
So as soon as we moved, we looked around for nearby allotments and put our names down on the list. Years went by and we heard nothing. Then my son started to go to a childminder who just so happened to be the treasurer for the allotments we'd put our name down for. We honestly did not know this at the time, it just came up in conversation on one morning drop off. I mentioned that we'd bee on the list for nearly 3 years at the point, to be met with "oh that's normal, people usually wait much longer". I was devastated. I'd already been 3 years without a garden, how much longer would I need to wait!
I busied myself by building planters in our tiny garden and having great success at growing small amounts of vegetables, but I yearned for more space.
|The Plot we chose|
More time went on until last summer, when the childminder announced we were at the top of the list, so the next available plot would be ours.
It wasn't until October 2017 that I was asked to visit the plots. There were 2 likely plots that would be given up that Autumn and I could get first pick.
The greenhouse sold it for me!
The old chap who once looked after the plot had not worked it for a year or two but had left a lovely greenhouse filled with pots of all sizes and a shed full of tools. Which we were allowed to keep as long as we made a donation to the allotment committee. I jumped at the chance. It would have cost far more to kit ourselves out with the necessary garden tools and these trusty old spades and forks were just what we needed.
After nearly 5 years of waiting, we finally had a plot! For the breathtaking sum of £11 a year.
We set to work in November 2017 clearing and making good the very well looked after soil. It was black, crumbly soil that had obviously been well looked after.
Our allotment journey had begun.