One of the first things we decided upon was that we needed to eat better. By cutting out the ready-meals and junk food, we would be healthier, and by knowing more about where our food comes from, we can actively choose to reduce the impact we have on the planet.
One of the best ways to do that is to grow food yourself – this cuts the ‘food miles’ down to zero, and means you know exactly what’s gone into it – no unknown pesticides or other chemicals.
Now we have a reasonable sized garden, but when we first started thinking like this, we lived in a small flat in the town centre – and so there was no room to grow anything. Luckily, there’s a solution to this – the humble allotment.
Reading the local council’s website, we discovered the waiting list for plots in our town averages three years – and for some sites it can be up to ten. So we put our name down, more in hope than anything else.
Such was our surprise then, when just over six months later, we got a letter from the council informing us that a plot was available – did we still want it?
Well of course!
A few weeks later, Ania collected the key, and we went to have a first look at the plot. It was rather daunting to say the least! Totally overgrown, it had been barely touched by the previous tenants, with just two small beds vaguely outlined by some loose gravel.
We soon got stuck in (alas I forgot to take a ‘before’ photo, not then anticipating this blog…), and started clearing it.
Before long, the first bed regained definition, and we were ready to start planting – or would be when the weather warmed up.
To be continued…