Our second allotment plot and 60th birthday asparagus plants

As I have mentioned in a previous post the three of us sharing an allotment plot have taken on a second plot next to the first.

Sometimes we have been working on one plot while T or D work on the other plot. Just after my 60th birthday I mentioned to T, who was working on the second plot that day, that I would like to grow asparagus now that we have much more space.

T instantly put together a raised bed and said that would be for the asparagus. We all agreed that it would make a great extra 60th birthday present and as asparagus is for the long haul we would all remember it being planted around my 60th birthday.

I started looking online and found that all the asparagus crowns and asparagus plants were sold out. I ordered seeds but was disappointed because plants take two years to crop whereas seeds take four years to crop which is what I meant by it being the long haul. Once cropping though the plants produce for twenty to fifty years.

Garden centres had now reopened and the next day T sent a photo to our allotment phone app of asparagus plants at our local garden centre. They were eight pounds each which I thought expensive so I said I would get three. My lovely husband said I must get six and have them as my 60th birthday present.

I bought six plants and prepared the raised bed with manure in the bottom then a layer of compost then a layer of topsoil. In the meantime word had got round the allotment grapevine and someone had been digging out asparagus from their plot. They had recently taken the plot over and didn’t like asparagus! They had already dumped some but had now very kindly saved me three crowns which was very much appreciated.

The ones I had bought were purple asparagus and these were green asparagus. I decided to alternate three purple and three green in the raised bed. I then decided, with agreement from T and D that I would plant the other three on the first plot so that we would have some on each plot. There was a patch where some of last year’s raspberry canes had died over winter so I prepared this patch for the remaining three plants.

Asparagus plants in the raised bed on the second plot
Second plot all prepared and starting to be planted
Gate, my lovely husband made from pallets, and seating area on the second plot
First plot
Asparagus plants on the first plot

This will be a birthday present that will go on and on in the future and we will all benefit from.

I also condensed my three birthday bouquets into one vase this morning.

Birthday flowers

This is not at all bad for a week and a half later and still looking lovely. I am so lucky.

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2 Responses to Our second allotment plot and 60th birthday asparagus plants

  1. marion says:

    The allotment looks great, and so neat, I love the little place to sit, with a table, when the time comes, you can all have a barbecue up there. Never seen such a well kept allotment.
    Richards gate looks good too.

    • Carol says:

      It was Tom’s idea to have the seating area and all the stuff there is stuff he has bought from home as he was having a clear out. That’s his spare B.B.Q. next to the table and he is looking forward to us having a B.B.Q. when we are able again. He is using underneath the table for storage so that we have some bits and pieces on each plot. Richard made the gate for the first plot and then made the gate for the second plot with pallets that Tom had left there. Tom has put the fencing round too. He has put in lots of work on the plot but has now just got a gardening job so will only be around evenings and weekends. Dan has also now returned to work. We will still be around though.

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