On the advice of friends that have been doing this for quite a while I am just going to jump right in and start blogging.
There is no getting round it, the allotment is a bit of a mess at the moment. I got married 6 weeks ago and in the run up to the wedding the allotment received pretty much no attention at all. Then we got ‘the letter’ from the council, slapping our wrists about the state of the second plot. Cue some soul searching and deciding that we do all want to carry on. Since then we have been slowly, slowly, putting it all back together again.
It isn’t all back breaking weeding though and last night I started to harvest some of the soft fruit, in particular the red and black currants. My youngest helped for, ooooo, about two minutes before deciding that playing Hide and Seek with one of his brothers was more fun.
I pretty much harvested all of the redcurrants, most of which are going to a friend who is going to make them into wine for us. I think the plan is that he gets to keep a few bottles for himself. I only managed to pick a pound of black currants before the boys made it clear that they were hungry and that it was time to go home. I have already started to make blackcurrant gin with them. I think the remaining crop had better be made into jam for the sake of all our livers!
The next fruit bush adventure will be learning how to prune them. Both M and I have admitted to each other that we have both gone off and read how to do it but have been just too scared / confused to actually do it! This year will have to be the year of ‘feel the fear and do it anyway!!’