Who wants to be an Allotmenteer? – 2

Plot 17 – The Earthly Comforts Garden

The Allotment Plotters Directory
Who wants to be an Allotmenteer? – 2
A garden requires patient labor and attention. Plants do not grow merely to satisfy ambitions or to fulfill good intentions. They thrive because someone expended effort on them.
Liberty Hyde Bailey

Part 1Who wants to be an Allotmenteer?
Part 2Who wants to be an Allotmenteer? – 2

Part 2

The Vision

I had a vision for the allotment.

Having talked to a few of the allotmenteers over the past few months, you find that whilst not all plan to become career gardeners per se with the uttermost dedication to their plots, some do take it very seriously.

For many, allotment gardening is a relaxing way to spend time outside and away from the house, whilst, for some others, it is to be away from the other half or the family or even just the kids at home. It’s a way of having a slice of chill-down space. The fact that you are growing produce is a bonus.

Some gardeners run very busy and active plots – like l aim for ours to be – whilst others might only have a few plants growing. Again there are those like Suze and l that keep very tidy plots, whilst there are those who are quite the opposite. They have untidy and overgrown garden spaces, with clutter and rubbish piled high or tucked away in supposedly hidden corners.

There is no fixed demographic for the gardeners either. Whilst admittedly, there are not many in the twenties to thirties bracket, the ageing for allotment gardening usually begins for those in their mid-forties to later seventies and even mid-eighties too.

Some are content to grow only a few vegetables, and others grow enough to run a market stall. Some only grow costly vegetables whilst others grow inexpensive basics, some develop a full range for the table, and others might produce something different. No two allotments are the same. Everyone is different.

Allotments are like blogs, and gardeners are like writers. Everyone has a different give-and-take perspective of what they want and wish to have. Like blogging, you have those who are professional, others who are regular and daily hobbyists and others again who are infrequent personals.

For those who are more dedicated and wish to take allotment gardening to another level, you develop a vision. It may or may not be one that is written down, and it may change frequently, but it will be there.

Like an artist looking at a blank canvas and about to start the journey – you may not know how the finished piece will look precisely, but you have an almost ethereal understanding of what it will represent for you upon completion.

It might be a growing piece or a standalone – but you know, whilst you can create throwaway designs and plans, you might and probably will be the only person who knows when it is finally completed.

Allotment gardening requires patience, creativity and imagination. It needs dedication, passion and enthusiasm and commitment too. It is like running your own business, and it will demand a lot from you and those who work with you. Maintaining a busy plot is above everything else – hard work. But it is gratifying, and all your hard work will pay off.

What many first-timers need help understanding, accepting, and researching is that, like with everything worthwhile, your first couple of seasons will be much harder work than those that follow because preparation is critical, not just crucial, but an essential requirement.

That vision – that overall plan you have forever developing in your mind starts like a single seed sown into the ground. It’s all about getting your mind into focus, and you begin to see clearly once there.

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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9 thoughts on “Who wants to be an Allotmenteer? – 2

      1. Well l am sure it won’t. We have been adding tumeric to the diet now for about three months and in the last l guess maybe 3 weeks, l have been feeling the benefits of it on my joints, l don’t tend to ache as much as l was.

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