Who wants to be an Allotmentaire?

Plot 17 – The Earthly Comforts Garden

Season Two – Planning Plot 17 January – April 2023

The Allotment Plotters Directory
Who wants to be an Allotmentaire?
“Modern life is, for most of us, a kind of serfdom to mortgage, job and the constant assault to consume. Although we have more time and money than ever before, most of us have little sense of control over our own lives. It is all connected to the apathy that means fewer and fewer people vote. Politicians don’t listen to us anyway. Big business has all the power; religious extremism all the fear. But in the garden or allotment we are king or queen. It is our piece of outdoors that lays a real stake to the planet.”

Monty Don

My Roots: A Decade in the Garden

I was asked the other day by a friend considering having an allotment of their own why Suze and l wanted one of our own in the first place and what process began the whole sequence. Did l take any steps or undergo a reasoning strategy to make the decision easier? Also, was it worthwhile to have in my life?

My friend is also considering starting a mushroom business, and l am pondering whether he might make an ideal candidate to sell my surplus worms for me. He has an empty garage, which l have been looking into acquiring/renting for the wormeries – to make them more of an indoor operation.

But we both have interests in each other’s projects. He also volunteers at Gazen Salts, and we are going for a spot of lunch next week after working there to discuss potential business possibilities.

But his questions were both interesting and intriguing as they made me think back to the early days of Suze and l looking to take a plot from the allotment on board and what motivated us to want to pursue the concept and how even in a relatively short time our initial thoughts evolved to where we are today.

I’m addressing his questions in a small series entitled – Who wants to be an Allotmentaire?

Part 1
The Birth of Possibility.

The first time we were down at the Black Lane Allotments was June 6th of, 2023. We looked then at Plot 15, which sadly, ironically, had been leased that very day. Then we perused Plot 43 after being offered it, which was too small, and we declined. Plot 17 came up by chance, and we took that on board officially on September 9th.

Since then, over the last seven months, we have improved the land and the soils in the raised beds and introduced many features which will benefit us both in the long and short run. We have vastly improved the overall efficiency of Plot 17.

Our initial thoughts were to have chickens, but we quickly squashed that notion after realising that Avian Flu was, making keeping chickens in a healthy organic environment more challenging than it might have been a few years ago. But also, our dietary requirements have changed considerably even from last year, making the idea of chickens and eggs not genuinely viable.

We accepted that the start-up costs of building an external run and indoor coop and purchasing x number of young poults would exceed what we would need as an R.O.I compared to what we could buy from the market. Chickens are also a huge commitment, especially if they are NOT just out the back door and in your garden.

Once we decided against chickens, things did become marginally smoother, so we could concentrate on the growth of primary vegetables, supportive herbs, essential fruits and aesthetic flowers that would encourage more pollinators to the allotment.

More minor personal passions and projects could be highlighted and introduced, like the refugia, insect hotels, and other wilding projects, alongside more purposeful structures like the polytunnel and the rainwater harvesting station and little projects like the leaf bin and ensuring that the allotment could have a functional composting utility workspace.

Producing homegrown nutrient-rich compost soils for the plot’s requirements was more welcome than the chickens. But this also meant the whole set-up could be introduced to cover a broader range of composting and soil production benefits and not merely maintain a cold heap in a forgotten corner.

Warm and hot composting methods could be studied and written about in more detail, which would lend weight to other ideas l had been thinking about, like producing content for courses.

Equally, whether the wormeries move down to the allotment or transfer to an internal setting, this too would be a project that l want to write about in a more defined fashion for booklets or courses.

Having the allotment was also a way of showcasing other ideas that Suze and l wanted to explore for the gardening business Earthly Comforts, like backyard farming, gardening and composting services. We cannot sell our vegetable products as that breaches the regulations. Still, we can use the space for photography, content creation, visualities, blog, and other writing ideas and thoughtful reasoning towards other business projects.

Plot 17 is a great area for the birth of possibility.

I hope you have enjoyed this post, thanks for reading and I’ll see you next time. Till then, have yourselves a terrific day!

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