Hi, welcome to my blog. I’m Alex aka The Essex Allotment. I’m a 33 year old bloke living in Chelmsford city, Essex. I’ve had an allotment for 18 months and it’s become my passion and I’d love for you to join me on my adventure as I deal with the trials and tribulations of growing my own!
As well as the obvious benefits that come with growing your own fruit and veg I also find the outside space a brilliant place to come to get a bit of peace and mindfulness as I deal with my ongoing journey with mental health.
Introduction to the Essex allotment
In this first blog I’m going to tell you a bit about how I came to have an allotment and what inspired me to start growing my own fruit and veg!
My son Maverick
One of the main reasons I got my allotment to start with was my son Maverick and giving him a space to explore and play outside. When I first thought about it he was about 9 months old and he’s now an adventurous and wild 2 year old who loves to help me with weeding and planting!
My own produce
I was also enticed by the idea of growing and eating all my own fruit and vegetables, I’m a keen cook and I love creating dishes with the food I’ve grown, it’s such a satisfying feeling! The taste of fresh food just can’t be beaten and knowing it’s come from farm to fork in as little as 10 minutes just doesn’t get any better!
I find the allotment and being out in the outside air so good for my mental health, I’ll go into my journey with mental health in more detail in a later blog post but just to touch on it; I’ve been diagnosed with mental health issues for the best part of 2 years but was probably struggling for a year or so before. Knowing I have somewhere I can go for wander at the end of a stressful day is something that really helps me.
I think that will do for my first post but I’d love it if you’d follow and keep up with me on my allotment adventures! I’ll talk all about what I’ve achieved in my 18 months as a plot holder in my upcoming posts as well as keeping you up to date with where I’m at now! Follow me on Instagram to see my daily posts and let me know if there’s anything in particular you’d like me to blog about!