We have spoken before how we like our allotment to be visually appealing. To this end we have sweeping wood-chip paths that invite you to wander around the plot and resting areas to sit and contemplate or relax. We are growing a chamomile lawn, have night-scented stock, cosmos and other ‘pretty’ flowers adorning our ‘durt’.
It is partly because our background is in horticulture, rather than agriculture – so we just can’t help ourselves – all that open ground to play with – a blank canvas asking to be painted.
Of course the butterflies, bees and other assorted pollinators and predators don’t do our vegetables any harm either…
It seems this type of approach is unsettling some of the more traditional plot holders, with their regimented rows and predictable ‘two up – two down plots’..
The Scotsman paper says –
The Telegraph explains
“Women also tend to want to tidy things up, grow flowers and put curtains in their sheds, which to some men goes completely against their idea of what an allotment should be about. It is a case of ‘not on my vegetable patch’.”
Thankfully, both articles report that any misgivings and uneasiness experienced by those men soon evaporates. The usual banter of seed swapping and top tips soon fill the plots again. The common goal of wanting delicious vegetables, no doubt being a soothing tonic.
We don’t have any ‘old-timers’ on our allotment, – mores the pity – nothing beats experience – in allotment gardening and life in general – our site is the poorer for it.
We are a mixed group in our allotment style – all scratching our mark in the earth and making our allotment our own.
Increasingly people in Britain are crying out for a simpler, ‘greener’ life. (And what a diverse group of people we are on this tiny island). Allotments are meeting that need and reciprocally the mish-mash of styles and quirks found on allotments reflect it..
Casting your eye over allotments these days certainly makes for interesting viewing…