The planet is our home; we need to be more responsible. Here's what I do.
So after I wrote about some of the gardens at the allotments, I got more observant and decided there were other neighbours who deserved a mention.
Their ingenuity is outstanding!
Some will be hard to believe.
Now if you were making raised beds you’d use wood. Wooden you? Or slabs maybe?
Ah, now you see you’re doing it wrong you should be considering windscreens! No, not wind breaks as in beach but windscreens as in car!
It’s hard to believe but there they are. Dozens of flat glass panels. They went like that after severe frost a few years ago.
So I think this neighbour is The Glazier.
We have rules at our garden about construction and height. If your plot is directly below the pylons. (What a choice location!) you can’t have a shed or anything over 1.5m as it’s apparently a fire risk. Subterranean man has solved this problem with excavation so his greenhouse is submerged!
(I’m not making this up!)
Allotment holders in The Netherlands are often apartment dwellers, so their allotment is their only outside space. It becomes a garden or haven. Not necessarily for growing food. When Swiss Cottage lady started digging a huge pit we thought she was hiding something.
But no, she wanted a shed! Her main ‘house’ is too good for keeping tools in!
What a neat plot!
In the spirit of preparedness and self sufficiency, allotment gardening is often about catering for the needs of the owner. Food from fruit bushes, vegetables for dinner, herbs for medicine and flowers for decoration. There’s so many uses. Storing wood is another purpose. Now we collect kindling for our fire from the garden but Doomsday Prepper is taking it to a whole new level. Wood you believe it?
I’m often curious about planting too! We’ve got a wide variety of veg on our garden. We grow more than forty varieties of veg in small quantities and about fifteen fruits The Vampire for some reason, has three strawberry patches, while Windy Miller is growing sixty four canes of beans!
Now in the future it’s possible that growing food for ourselves may be less optional and more necessary, if, as predicted, food supplies become more scarce. At our plot we have an open gate policy and we are lucky that the main access is very secure. So we don’t keep anything precious at our plot and the storage has no lock. This works for us.
Meanwhile, The Warden has other ideas. His plot has the most incredible fence and gate this year. I wonder if he’s thinking to the future? He hasn’t had time for any planting yet. I hope he doesn’t put up guard towers higher than 1.5 metres though!
These neighbours are truly ingenious. They are recycling and repurposing all the time. Little is wasted and the variety is impressive. There’s plenty of inspiration! I may even need a Part III
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