Fortune smiled on us a month ago because we were gifted an amazing upgrade to our already quite decent allotment. There are just ten terraced allotments on the outskirts of our village, hidden amongst the trees and while one might imagine the 300 people who live here to be lining up to get their hands on them, this is not the case.
There are many elderly who over time simply stop using their allotments and there are also many people who only visit once a year and rent their homes out as a B&B, so they don't care about growing vegetables.
Us on the other hand, we care deeply!
And this my friends is our new natural medicine playground.
Two days ago we went to our local reservoir and collected a bunch of drift wood to kick off the project and as you can see, Esteban & Luna worked very hard to help us ;)
The driftwood doesn't normally settle here in such quantity, but was conveniently washed up for us last week when we had torrential rains.
It felt a little bit apocalyptic if I'm gonna be honest!
Regardless, we were very grateful for its timely appearance and noted that after a week of drying out in the sun, it was the perfect weight to carry. Thanks Universe!
Step 1: make boarders
The drift wood was used to mark the boarders of our beds. It is very important to have clearly marked, decent sized walkways between the grow zones as I am going to be strict about no one walking on the beds themselves, once they are done.
Step 2: prepare soil
This tool is used for aerating the soil without disturbing it too much. The weeds came up easily once it was done.
We didn't have the heart to kill the irises in the middle of this bed, so there they will stay.
Very much looking forward to seeing them bloom along with these other flowers here.
We had a compost box on our previous allotment, so emptied out the good stuff at the bottom to mix it in with our finished beds.
Thankfully the old allotment is just a 1min walk to our new one, along the canal.
Step 4: plant food
Once two beds were prepared, Esteban & Luna blessed the soil.
And then the planting began!
You can see some beans on the right there and on the opposite side we planted peas.
In between them went a row of spinach.
The soil is still damp from the extraordinary amount of rain we had recently and we are expecting more in a few days so we didn't bother watering.
Step 4: make sure the kids are happy!
Esteban & I did some measuring to check if a 2.5M trampoline will fit in this space...
And it does! Which means the kids can bounce here under the cherry trees with a mountain view when they get bored helping us out.
For now they are content with their little table & chairs.
Politely permitting us to do our thing :)
We even have a cute little garden shed, hidden under the ivy. People tell me tools do go missing if you don't lock them up. So, here is our solution.
In truth we don't own any tools yet and are currently borrowing them from our new allotment neighbour & friend who is an amazing spiritual lady, keen to teach us everything she knows about how to grow here. How perfect is that?
This is what her side looks like. Clearly she knows what she is doing!
All in all I am super excited about this mission and really feel as if we are being looked after by some kind of guardian angel who continually guides us towards the manifestation of my desires in a way which always outshines the original vision.
In this case it is organic food production set in a dreamy garden playground!
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