My allotment is on a north-facing sloping site. We haven’t really terraced the plot, so some beds are more sloping that others. There’s no shelter from trees, the only shadow comes from a neighbour’s shed, and we get our fair share of wildlife coming to visit (and nibble on the produce).
Every gardening book claims that birds are a nuisance, but for some reason the local bird population avoids the allotment site completely, apart from dropping by for a drink out of the water trough on a hot afternoon.
What the gardening books don’t tell you, is that Roe Deer will happily munch away at strawberry plants, runner bean plants (they particularly like the leaves and shoots)…. in fact most of the things I want to be able to grow! So in order to deter the deer, my allotment has a collection of fleece covers and netting over anything the deer have taken to eating.
You can usually spot a new allotment plot holder on the site from the lack of netting on their plot. Once they’ve been there a year or so, the nets start to appear!
Despite that, we’ve had some very successful years of growing produce on the allotment, and hopefully this year will be equally good! All I need now is the perfect growing weather, for my plants to thrive.
Some of the posts are listed as “Six on Saturday” – this is a ‘link party’ created by the Propagator where you post six pictures on your blog, share the link, and are encouraged to visit everyone else’s sites as well. Grab a mug of tea, then head over his Six on Saturday Guide for Participants and maybe even check out this week’s six – all the participant’s links are in the comments of his post for this week.