So this is me… a 30 something professional living in London, Zone 2.
I share a small flat minus a garden with my husband, one day I’d like to live in Cornwall and my favourite food is potatoes!
I think I’ve always been fascinated by growing veg. I apparently began in earnest aged 3(ish) by helping myself to my next door neighbour’s runner beans. Seemingly I was pretty good at getting my hand through the wire fence to snatch the goodies and I still remember to this day being absolutely captivated by the small, bright orange flowers which later on offered up long green pods filled with bright pink shiny beans! Fascinating I thought!
My neighbour, affectionately called uncle Doug actually taught me lots about potatoes, tomatoes, cabbages, carrots, beetroot and parsnips over the years as did my nan who had a small orchard in her garden along with soft fruit and veg. She once told me that during the war her father also kept rabbits for meat. As an animal lover, I’m pleased to say that by the time I came along in the 1970s she had scaled down the operation to just fruit and veg but I now recognise many of the crops that they both grew are still staples on many of our allotment neighbours plots all these years later.
Now, as an adult I fully realise the importance of eating organically, seasonably, and sustainably while supporting our local producers and that is why I originally applied for an allotment and subsequently waited 12 years for it!
What I hadn’t anticipated was just how much an 80 square meter plot of land with a little green shed would enrich our lives!
My blog will share our adventures.