For most of my married life my husband and I have been growing our own vegetables. Over the years as we have moved around we have had three allotments and several large gardens. We have always grown organically, preferring to feed the plants well with natural fertilisers such as seaweed, manure and compost. It’s a bit like nutritional therapy; if you put the right food in, the body heals itself and resists disease. Plants too are much stronger and healthier if you feed them the vital nutrients they need and they succumb less to pests and diseases.
We are not self-sufficient and never intend to be but it is amazing to be able to pick fresh produce and eat it within hours. There is nearly always something on the allotment to pick whether it’s fresh kale and leeks in winter or an abundance of fresh produce such as beans, courgettes, chard, herbs and fruit in summer.
Over the years we have learnt from our mistakes and successes and have developed a simple regime which works for us. These allotment notes record our progress throughout the growing year.