I've just found this really short column that I wrote as a tryout for 'Organic Garden' magazine about a year ago, so I figured I might as well post it here!
This isn’t the first time we’ve had a plot at our local allotments. We lost the first allotment about eight years ago and have lamented it ever since. To be fair we had no idea what we were doing; I was primarily interested by the prospect of having a shed that I could sit in at dusk and sup Guinness, reclining in an old armchair. I might have even taken up smoking a pipe! My memory of the last plot consists of back breaking digging, collapsing sheds and very little produce. In the end the plot was burnt to the ground by allotment old boys, it was like getting the Mafia kiss of death. So what’s changed since that fist glorious failure and why am I involved in an allotment again? My wife now understands horticulture. She has won me over with the promise of a ‘no dig’ organic approach. Also appealing is the prospect of using our produce to make wine and beer! Getting a shed is a top priority, as well as finding an old armchair. I found out today that our old plot is now the allotment car park, make of that what you will!