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    MaoMao13 is offline Germinator
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    Default Hi everyone!

    Hi there!

    I am MaoMao13. My forum handle is recycled from the days when I used to frequent a humorous cats forum, not inspired by a certain notorious political leader from China.

    I've always had an interest in gardening, but I finally took the plunge and got an allotment plot in 2016. It was possibly the best thing I've ever done. Like most allotment plots, I had to transform an overgrown wilderness into something workable. It now has a brassica cage, a second-hand greenhouse and 13 raised beds made from recycled pallet collars.

    I was really lucky because the plot came with several established trees, cooking apple and damson, and a whole section planted with various currants which I've supplemented with honeyberries and gooseberries.

    I took on the plot next door late last year. Basically, several people in succession had tried and failed to make it productive, and when it was left abandoned again I snapped it up as I was fed up with weed seeds and horsetail spores blowing over into my plot.

    I am now transforming plot #2 using no-dig techniques as much as possible, thanks to a dodgy arthritic hip. It is proving to be another hidden treasure trove, with three enormous compost beds, several trees, and hidden away in a thicket of raspberries I found at least three metal raised beds. Lucky me!

    Having an allotment is very therapeutic. It forces me to exercise more, but in a more pleasurable and productive way than a gym, and it's great for my mental health. I've suffered from anxiety and depression for decades, and it really helps. There's a good atmosphere on the site, and lots of friendly people. The danger is getting carried away talking to someone when I should be working!

    In my personal life, I have a partner who is pretty severely disabled and often bedridden, and we have a daughter with autism. I keep my other half up to date with the plot by taking lots of photographs to show him, and often take my daughter to the plots as extra muscle as I am short and somewhat pathetic and she is much taller 

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    Welcome to the vine
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    Forgot to add that I am on Instagram as helenslosttheplot
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    Hi Helen,
    Strengths come in all types - sounds like you have the most important sort, which is what comes from inside you.

    Gardening advice is always available here - the quality varies, but the friendly spirit in which it is offered is impeccable.

    Happy gardening, Nick :-)
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    Hi Helen and welcome! I'm Tina, and I'm also on instagram - nodigadventures. I've found you and follow!

    You'll enjoy this place - we're a friendly bunch that enjoy chipping in when someone wants help or advice
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    Hello Helen and welcome to the vine.
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    Hi Helen & welcome,your plots sound great! Hope everything’s going alright
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    Quote Originally Posted by MaoMao13 View Post
    Forgot to add that I am on Instagram as helenslosttheplot
    Quote Originally Posted by SarrissUK View Post
    Hi Helen and welcome! I'm Tina, and I'm also on instagram - nodigadventures. I've found you and follow! :
    I've found you both!!....I have more than one accounts
    Last edited by Scarlet; 07-04-2019 at 06:48 PM.
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