Welcome to the Allotment Glutton
By Angie, Jan 29 2013 05:37PM
Happy 2013 and welcome to my site.
To introduce myself, I am Angie aka The Allotment Glutton. I have been gardening for almost 40 years, having caught the bug as a young child with the donation of a lump of Saxifrage ‘London Pride’ to plant in my own muddy patch.
Since then, I have transformed my last three gardens from unloved, unkept patches and redesigned the gardens of friends and family. In 2010, having grown fruit and vegetables in my own gardens, I decided to acquire an allotment and have recently expanded my growing empire(!) by taking on a further plot in 2012.
Combined with my other passions of my family and cooking, I decided to set up the Allotment Glutton website to share my stories, thoughts, plans and recipes with other like-minded individuals.
My home, garden and allotment plots are based by the sea on the South Coast of England. We are fortunate to enjoy the mildest of climates but are by no means short of challenges!
Over the last five years, allotments and all things grow-your-own has grown in popularity since its demise during the 1980’s and 1990’s. There are many reasons behind this surge in popularity. The continued increase in food prices, desire for more healthy eating and move away from convenience foods, concerns over the origin of foods and food-miles, growing economic uncertainty and the hard work of the Allotments Regeneration Initiative and gardening/cooking advocates are all factors.
For me, it was a combination of a career change with a salary cut, the planned (and eventual) adoption of two children and having the time at last to dedicate to growing food that helped me realise a dream. I think, like many people, I feel the buzz of harvesting my own produce and cooking delicious meals, but I also like to be less reliant on food retailers and really wanted my children to learn the essential life skill of growing food for the plate so they need never go hungry. Coupled with that, a love of being outside and enjoying the exercise in the fresh air is a fantastic added bonus! The seaviews of my allotment plots is the icing on the cake for me!
So, I hope you will join me in my adventures and share the fruits of my labours by sharing recipes and stories.
Next time……I will bring you up to date with my progress on my original plot (#39) and my newly acquired plot (#38) so you can see what I am working with.
Bye for Now