My name is Zoe and my partner John and I took on an allotment in late April 2008, after moving to the city of Ely 6 months before. I’d previously grown a few vegetables in pots in the garden (mainly tomatoes and lettuce) and then I acquired a couple of meter square wooden frames which I used as raised beds, cramming in as much as possible on the square foot gardening principle. But I always wanted to grow much more than I had the space for and had long thought about taking on an allotment.
I’ve always gardened organically, as I firmly believe in working with nature and not against it. As gardeners we should protect and nurture the finely balanced ecosystem that exists in our patch of earth, be it large or small, and not destroy it. Gardening should be an enjoyable, even spiritual experience, not a war. I see gardens and allotments as growing, living, natural places, which means they’re not meant to be pristine and perfect (at least mine won’t be!). One thing I’ve learnt is, you can take a certain amount of control, but no matter how hard you plan, mother nature will always have the upper hand.
I hope to use this blog mainly as a personal record or diary to refer back to when needed, but I would also welcome comments, questions or advice. I still have a lot to learn!