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!
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!)
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!
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!
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.
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 🙂