The allotment system, as we know it, was introduced to provide a source of good quality, healthy food for the working class in industrial areas. They proved to be an alternative ‘hobby’ to drinking at the local pub after a long day in work! Today, the allotment appeal has crossed the class divide, but they offer the same benefits – an alternative to the TV, phone or laptop. I would most certainly prefer to be growing potatoes than become a couch potato! However the dark, dank winter months are have tested me to my limits and I have to admit to a certain amount of enforced hibernation.
Now, at this point you might be asking, “Why is she wittering on about the history of allotments?” I would have to say that you’re right – I am on a bit of Tangent – however my point is, that my allotment is more than a hobby! I know that I’m not growing my own veggies out of necessity but, there are plenty of reasons why my allotment is really important to me and I’m looking forward to the growing season.
- Organic Food
I’ve become accustomed to eating organic veggies. Quite simply they taste good. I am one of the increasing number of people who focus on growing, organically or naturally produced food. I like knowing exactly what I’m eating and everything I grow is 100% chemical free! However, my organic supplies are now at an all time low…I only have a few beetroot, cabbages (red and savoy), some lambs lettuce and newly sprouting purple broccoli left on the plots.
Growing my own fruits and veggies has not only put more green in my fridge and diet, but it should (now I’ve bought the basic gardening kit) also put more green in my purse!
3. Mind Space
My allotment, as I have said before, is my perfect place to clear out all of the competing thoughts that life brings. Digging trenches, constructing vegetable beds and destroying weeds is a great way to work out day to day frustrations!
Talking of digging….I’m not a runner and the gym feels like torture, so working the allotment is a great way for me to get in some exercise. Digging, walking, planting, harvesting and watering (no hose pipes allowed on my allotment site!) all help me to burn off a few pounds while growing some beautiful flowers, tasty fruit and delicious veg.
Just over a year ago, I was dreaming of an allotment buzzing with life and filled to the brim with fresh tasty produce. I’m on the brink of another year as an allotmenteer and I’m just as enthusiastic. I’ve loads of work ahead of me once again but nothing beats a bit of hard work and determination…ding, ding let round two begin!!