Old Allotment Shed And Artichoke


This was my shed when I took up allotmenting eleven years ago. He who builds sheds stopped it leaking and leaning into a complete state of collapse, and I and the snails and mice were very glad of it for several years. But then two years ago I left behind the plot it stands on to concentrate on my polytunnel plot. No one has taken it over, and this year it is doing a good imitation of the prairie with elephant’s eye high grass and thistles. Rather sad after all the hours of digging I did there. But at least the shed is still standing, and this year,  the greengage tree that stands over it has quite a bit of fruit in the making. The artichoke, though, was eaten long ago.

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31 thoughts on “Old Allotment Shed And Artichoke

      1. Hidden from the birds! Mine have been attacked by the slugs this year – and then the woodlice move in – yuck! They must be softer than usual and not as sweet and I will pull them all up this year as they have been in since I moved here .

    1. Oh yes. But they’re very teasing. Some years they hardly make any fruit at all. And other times the wasps get there first. I have my eye on them this year though. Quite a bit of fruit at a handy height.

    1. I expect we will leave the privies as they are. We’re pretty used to banging our heads on the door lintel every time we look for something in one or other. I remember my history teacher telling me that in times past Much Wenlock people were often paticularly short. I don’t think she was being facetious.

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