December’s Musings

Is this you since the clocks went back?

Allotment withdrawal involves feelings of anxiety, pressure or wanting that occurs when one hasn’t had a fix of gardening or going to an allotment for a longer period of time than expected.  Said by someone at some point, somewhere… Probably. 

At this time of year, my average allotment visit rate is approx. once every two or three weeks – which puts more of an emphasis on the fact that the time I spend at the allotment is precious.  We’re experiencing quite a fairly mild winter currently, which means that the weed growth remains slow but consistent as the winter months drudge on. 

At the beginning of November, I found myself going to the allotment with a plan or a set of tasks that I was determined to complete and subside the allotment withdrawal. The reason being is that I’m coming away from the plot thinking, “Ok, I achieved what I set out to achieve” and so I feel less bad or anxious about the space of time between visits.

I’m also reminding myself that it’s ok to prioritise other aspects of your life, especially at this time of year, so I’m not being too hard when I plan to go to the allotment – and for one reason or another, you never make it.

Wishing you all a very merry Christmas and the chance to do lots more on the allotment in the new year!”

Ken Mulley-Smith
Chair of Alwoodley Allotment Society

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