3. All systems go!

After meeting the allotment superintendent the deal was done. A 10-rod plot, as instructed by the government “will keep a family of five in vegetables for 8 months of the year”, cost me 16 shillings and 3 pence which is just under £60 in new money.

I must write to the British Ministry of Agriculture to obtain a free copy of the official Dig for Victory allotment plan.

A few days later…
The allotment superintendent called at my home this evening to give me my allotment gate key.

“See you on the sod!”

she cried as the bicycle carried her down the lane, winter scarf wrapping itself around her windswept head. Now I can really get a pace on and start doing my bit for the Dig for Victory campaign.

Yesterday I arrived at the plot late afternoon. My only task was to see where the set was setting to get a good idea of what is in shade or full-sun. This video just shows how beautiful a space it is and how wonderful to have the evening birds sing on the breeze.

Well here’s mud in your eye!

 

The plot is currently made up of three individual plots, 44a, 44b and 44c. Plots 44a and b are currently available but Plot 44c has a tenant on it until March 16, then I can take that part on and have a whole plot. Rent is worked out as follows: Plot 44a and 44b is £37.50 plus £9.50 for sub/water/federation levy (whatever that is). £20 refundable deposit for the main gate key. Plot 44c will be £12.50. So the total cost of my plot will be £59.50 (excluding the £20 refundable deposit for the key). Am planning to get all the paperwork and payment complete by mid-week so I can start on the plot next weekend. Off to make a plan!

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