I thought it was appropriate to start this blog with recalling how I got to where I am now. In this, I simply mean how I ended up with an allotment, how I came to be planting what I am now in pots on the balcony and what I have learnt so far. This is what the next few posts are likely to be focused on.
I suppose it started with an interest in trying some gardening, and our opportune moving into a flat with some (although not much) outside space.
I wanted to try gardening – the only problem was the lack of a ‘garden’. Not to be deterred I set about taking over balcony space outside our flat in the middle of a town. I made mistakes: I killed flowers, failed to successfully grow vegetables, wrecked seedlings, over- and under-watered to name but a few hiccups. And despite all my attempts at reading up about what to do, somehow I managed to make all of these errors.
What went wrong? There were a number of reasons: doing too much too fast, over-watering when I had forgotten to water for days before, over-sewing seeds etc. But by far the biggest issue I found was no matter how much of a beginner’s guide books, articles and website claimed to be, I still found myself confused.