A Touch of Chelsea

It’s been all grow, grow, grow! Time to ‘stop and stare’ has had to be put on hold for a number of weeks but finally I have 5 minutes to update my blog!

Running around the plots...busy, busy, busy!
Running around the plots…busy, busy, busy!

The allotment site is currently a hive of activity and ‘we are full’…yep…every single plot is taken! I am now one of four women that have a plot. Two are admittedly husband and wife teams…Only two of us work our own plots (I’m the only woman with two plots!) 

The Tiddlers showing off their 'pickings'
The Tiddlers showing off their ‘pickings’

It seems that the allotment is still predominately, a place where men can retreat to tend their cabbages and potter in their sheds away from family responsibilities.  However, a growing number of women women are taking over thousands of plots and (I’m told) are outnumbering men on waiting lists!

Digging for 2nd Earlies
Digging for 2nd Earlies

In my experience, most of the men are happy with women working the plots, although a few are clearly finding it hard to adjust. It is probably a shock for ‘Mr Brylcreem and Wellies’ of advancing years who’s trying to escape his wife, to find a woman on the plot next to him. The constant ‘her in doors’ jokes give away the fact that he’s a tad disgruntled!

Happy to dig but 'must keep my hands clean!'
Happy to dig but ‘must keep my hands clean!’

I also understand that some women might feel a little intimidated but I’ve found that, after the initial ‘proving myself as a credible hard working and committed allotmenteer, we are all get on famously… loaning tools, swapping seeds and advice.

2nd Earlies
2nd Earlies

Most of my allotment site still has the traditional, ramshackle vegetable patches however I’ve noticed some small changes in the last 7 months since I joined the ‘neighbourhood’.  I was the only allotmenteer with flowers and unnecessary frills but no more…the odd ‘fancy’ has appeared on neighbouring plots!  Don’t get me wrong they aren’t being turned into showcase gardens (I quite like the shambolic nature of an allotment) but it’s no longer a case of  ‘not on my vegetable patch’. A little touch of ‘Chelsea’ goes a long way 🙂

Checking the pumpkins - all fine and dandy!
Checking the pumpkins – all fine and dandy!
Yum, yum, yum!
Yum, yum, yum!
Worzel Scrappage has a tan!
Worzel Scrappage has a tan!

10 thoughts on “A Touch of Chelsea”

  1. By heck… I’ve missed you!!!
    Saw a giant metal viking in Ayrshire while on holiday and thought of your wonderful Worzel Scrappage!
    Am so glad more pretties are appearing on your site… I’ve now got cornflowers and jewelled nasturtiums growing amongst my bunting, crochet flowers and vegetables… One can never have too many pretties.
    Wowzers re the Pumpkins… must be something in the Welsh rain!!
    Keep living the allotment dream!
    Sharon x

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    1. Awww, thank you 🙂 Haha..A giant Worzel! Tiddler A has actually requested a MASSIVE scarecrow! Tiddler E adores pumpkins so we are hoping for a whopper! How’s your little slice of heaven coming along? still enjoying? I’ll take a wander through your blog when I check in tomorrow…can’t wait to see what you’ve done 🙂 Have a gentle weekend x

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      1. Morning my lovely… our 5B is surrounded by overgrown plots so we’re fighting with the Horse Tail and grass seeds. The best bit is that everything has grown… we’ve got real homegrown potatoes and Parsnips that look like they should… it’s all very exciting. Everyone should grow their own! Enjoy your piece of Wales with the T

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  2. ah yes, social politics! Allotment sites a real microcosm of human life. Some very ‘interesting’ characters on mine too 🙂

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  3. The Tiddlers seem to be enjoying it 🙂 Reminds me of the first time I dug potatoes with my girls. The eldest was SO excited. Later, she was to start the vegetable patch in our current garden and is currently in Switzerland researching sustainable agriculture. Who says gardening is only for men?

    Do keep on with the flowers. I had some alyssum seedlings left over and put them in my vegetable patch because I thought they would brighten the place up. I’ve now discovered that this was exactly the right thing to do since they attract the bugs that eat aphids. So it’s a win all round (except for the aphids). Next year, I’m thinking of putting a new shrub alongside of the sort that bees like. Attracting pollinators seems like an equally good idea…

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  4. Wow, what a job! Gardening is most definitely for all…a perfect antidote to the modern hectic lifestyle!
    I have decided to keep a ‘bed’ for flowers…some for cutting, some for attracting bees and others for use as fertilizers. Just behind my plots, a local bee-keeper tends two hives so I feel privileged to be able to provide ‘food’ for producing ‘liquid gold’!

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