2014 started with a dilemma when the bill for our allotment arrived.
We’ve had our plot for 8 years and until E came along we more than covered the tenancy fee in the savings made by growing our own food. The last 2 years we’ve reaped no such reward and feel we can no longer justify paying for plot we don’t tend. And yet the thought of giving it up is heartwrenching.
Sigh, when I think of all the work we’ve put in over the years. This particular section of the plot had weeds, brambles and raspberry bushes up to my elbow last time I saw it. We’d need an army to get it back under control. I’m gong to chat to a couple of other plot holders to find out if anyone else is in the same boat and might be interested in sharing a plot. Realistically though that would probably mean letting go of our big and wild plot to share a smaller, tamer one. The seclusion of our corner plot and established trees bordering it, a bonus in the early days, is a real barrier now to gardening as a family. A plot share could be the middle way.
So I’ll let you know what we decide as it also goes hand in hand with thoughts about whether to continue blogging. I started dcoumenting life on the allotment 4.5 years ago but it’s become less about gardening and more about general life stuff as a family of 3. I’m aware I’ve lost some of my original green fingered readers and others drifted away during quiet spells during pregnancy and life with a newborn. There have been plenty of times recently I’ve wondered if there’s much point keeping it going if all I write about is how much E changes and the occasional recipe I manage to follow. So I’d like to say a big thank you to everyone who has stuck with me (especially those who have been with me from the start). And if it’s not too indulgent to ask, would your interest wain if we were no longer allotment growers?
ps. There was me chiding myself for my lack of posts this year or thinking they were of no interest (the fragility of a blogger’s self esteem when reader comments are sparse) when up popped this report from my fairy Blogmother WordPress congratulating me on 73 new posts in 2013, growing my total archive to 440 posts. Not too bad afterall then! And in case you were wondering …5 ways with a ton of damsons is still the most popular post with 8,403 views since it was written in 2009 (click on link below for full report/top 5).
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