Be nice to other gardeners, they’ll be nice to you.
I met 3 of my allotmentmates today. Went in to volunteer at the library this morning and had very little to do actually, so I wrapped up what I was doing there and loaded my garden gear in the car. Ian dropped me off at the allotment and went to do some errands, but I had company in the form of the gentleman who gardens in plot 6 who goes by Mr. B. He’s got some good looking onions and tomatoes growing and he put in some beans last weekend as well. I hooked up my hose nozzle so he could use it and actually I’d have left it there if I had an extra at the moment. I offered to water his plot any time I was there and it was in need and he offered to do the same for me. Ian arrived back at the same time as a couple other plotholders, Eva & Diane. Apparently the reason my bed was in such a state is that the previous plotholder was an older man who passed away last summer. His wife kept it up for a bit, but it was too much for her so she gave it up. I gave them a couple sweet potato plants, and as Diane’s got a bad back if I’m around I’ll try to help her maintain the path area and haul mulch if she needs it. Speaking of which, I cleared a small section of my path and put down a bit of mulch today. I figure if I can clear a bit more each week then eventually it will look half decent. Does anyone else have gardening neighbours or fellow allotmenteers who like to trade plants or tips or assistance when you need it? I love the culture of gardeners, because they almost always want each other to succeed and offer as much help as possible.