For some time now, (in fact all this year), I've had to face the reality that having two plots at opposite ends of the allotment site just isn't working very well. The site is a really big one with over 100 full sized plots, and having two at opposite ends is challenging...you decide you want to do something and realise the stuff you need is on the other plot.
Perhaps if I didn't work and I went for several hours every day, this would be less of an issue, but I tend to be on a tight schedule and it's just not working for me. Back earlier this year, I spoke to one of our site reps and asked if he'd let me know if any of the nearby plots to 67 came up for rent. There are two plots opposite which have definitely not been tended at all this year.
The other day, I heard there was an interesting plot available. It wasn't opposite, but it wasn't far from 67...so I contacted the council to see if I could swap. Unfortunately, it was bad news...I was actually pretty disappointed, as I'd been told it was vacant and then that it had been offered to someone else. I'd already been dreaming and making plans (oh and ordering bluebell and garlic bulbs for the woodland area). Silly me...getting way way ahead of myself.
But...I always think things happen for a reason and literally the next visit to the plot brought some welcome news. The plot opposite 67 was being given up.
To cut a long story short, I am now the proud tenant of plot 51. I'm keeping 18 until the end of the year, as all the raised beds and the shed need to be moved up to 51. And that's going to take a bit of time. (and help)
I'm really excited and a little sad. 18 was my first plot, and I've tried very hard to make it work. But this year once again, I've had mixed results with the beds due to the overhanging trees. I have to carefully work out crop rotation and what will grow in shade. I can't over winter anything on 18, due to the tendency for the plot to flood in the winter. And it's at the opposite end of the site to 67.
I have added a picture, but I'm really annoyed with myself, as I didn't get a proper one of before...I pulled out a massive pile of weeds before remembering I wanted pictures....aaaaarrrrgggghhhh!! Oh well. I have some pictures from my first day on the plot.
So...I lost out on plot 45 (although it did get re-offered to me, but by that time I already knew about 51), I'm losing plot 18, and I'm gaining a bright and exciting future growing on plot 51.