Leith Links Allotments on 5 May

Leith Links Allotments were open until 9pm as part of Parks and Gardens Open Day, so after I had finished with the bike ride I took my daughter down. Was taken on a guided tour by a lovely woman, and it turns out that her sons were staffing the gate and her husband was working their allotment. An incredibly friendly family who probably are a mainstay of the site.

Highlights of the tour included:

  • It’s a smaller site than Saughton with approx 40 plots laid out East to West and two plots deep. A tarmac path runs down the spine of the site with a composting toilet at one end and the shed and composter at the other. Didn’t see any fences between any of the plots, unlike Saughton.
  • apparently all allotment sites in Edinburgh have a composting toilet. I’ve so far just been peeing in my compost heap …
  • 6 foot tall fennel! My partner is still feeding the daughter herself and fennel tea is used to aid let-down. And we like the vegetable too! I had a taste of a peeled shoot, and it’s a delicate taste: there’s a freshness at first, with the aniseed coming in later.
  • lazy beds with dug-out borders — saves having to knock some boards together.
  • 7 foot tall raspberry canes growing between two rows of stakes and blue tow-rope. Didn’t look like the canes were tied to the ropes, they just leaned against them if required. Approx 2′ between the rows.
  • Seeing tiny pears taking shape behind the blossom
  • Climbing beans using a discarded step ladder as a trellis. There was a real recycling ethos in the site, and I want to capture that with my plot.
  • my ability to spot and name plants is getting better.
  • 93 people had visited the site by the time I got there. I was happy to be able to chat that I’d organised the bike ride (did I say that I’m chuffed about that?) and I’d consider running a group down there if it’s on next year.
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One thought on “Leith Links Allotments on 5 May

  1. You mean I continue to feed our daughter *grin*

    I love the idea of lots of fruit that the baby can just grab and graze on.

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