Allotments. Surely the saviour of many during the war when food was in short supply. But what about now?
In the current economic climate and rising food costs, an allotment is a great way to lower the weekly food bills. This is the main reason why my husband and I got a plot two minutes walk from home.
Over the last three years, we have halved our food bills whilst developing a deep appreciation of the hard work farmers put in to grow their crops! Having been trapped inside at work for years, the opportunity to get outside, even if only for a few minutes, can’t be missed.
Money saving aside, we have loved every minute of growing our food. There is simply nothing better than coming home from work, popping across to the allotment to pick some fresh veg for dinner. We have enjoyed it so much that two years ago, we built a large coop and amassed several chickens.
In the last year, we have had to drop down from two plots to one due to family circumstances. But on the plus side, Crewe Allotment Federation have decreed that one plot on every site should be a community garden. Our old plot is being transformed into a beautiful garden. There isn’t much there at the moment but the next few weeks should bring a huge amount of change!
So pull on your wellies, grab a fork and get digging!