This evening, I realised that we have had our plot for 5 years! The time has flown! So in the spirit of celebration, I have dug out photos from each year to share with you.
Our first year saw us gain a shed, a large greenhouse and several chickens. We learnt how fast weeds grew and what potato plants looked like. It was a steep learning curve!
Our second year involved lots more weeding, trying to grow new plants and desperately trying to sort out the bottom plot that we took on at the end of 2014. Our chicken flock grew further and we gained four quail.
The start of 2016 started off slowly! We went down to one plot and Geoff and the guys built us a new chicken coop. We had a lot of help with the chickens and in keeping the plot clear due to family circumstances.
2017 saw us being able to spend more time down the allotment but with severe budget limitations, we didn’t manage to do much of the upkeep to the shed and greenhouse we needed to do. The bees arrived on site and Sundays became bee day. We managed to hatch more chicks and enjoyed watching them grow.
2018 saw us try to keep on top of the weeds and attempt to repair our ailing greenhouse by removing the glass from the roof and adding a bolt to support the frame. Our potato crop failed again, we lost some chickens and the last of the quail and we enjoyed chilling in the clubhouse.
The start of 2019 saw us make long overdue repairs and renovation to the shed, clear the fruit section of weeds, plant flowers and start my herb garden. The chickens keep us on our toes and we have done some improvements to the coop. We have worked hard to try and find a way of stopping the plot flooding by planting fruit trees and willow. We have two new benches and a section of homemade crazy paving.