Is Frippery Ok on an Allotment?

I had a strange conversation with a passing fellow allotmenteer this morning and am still pondering if she was being derogatory or funny.


She stopped as she was cycling by, nodded disparagingly at my scarecrow and asked:

Do you think that works?”

I laughed and replied:

I don’t think so but it does work in as much as people stop and talk to me.”

This was received with a bit of a snort so I continued:

“I have always had this fun idea that allotments should have a scarecrow and sunflowers.”

Much to my surprise she said:

“That is a misconceived idea of town folks don’t you think?”

Which she then followed with:

“I grow vegetables.” as she cycled off!

I know I’m only a beginner and this is my first allotment season, but it made me wonder if I do have a misconceived idea.  When I looked around there are lots of vegetables being grown, in particular an abundance of sweet corn, but only about 3 other plots with sunflowers and no other scarecrow that I could see.  What is your take on this?  Should an allotment be a place for a little bit of frippery or should it be taken seriously under the control of the ‘allotment mafia’?

Now that is off my chest, let me share the goodies growing on the allotment today.


The blackberries are almost ready for picking – there will be some jam cooking soon!


The sweet corn is coming along just fine, with at least two silky tops of emerging cobs on each plant.


After a slow start and the first lot of flowers being eaten  I’m delighted with the sugar snap peas, and collecting a good harvesting on each visit.


I’m gobsmacked with the pumpkins and how fast they grow.  This one has doubled in size since Sunday.  Something had a little nibble but I think it’ll be ok.  It was recommended that I place the pumpkins on stones or slabs to prevent them from rotting, so I found a few large stones lying about the plot and have used them.


There is a little apple tree on the plot, but I have no idea what variety they are, or whether they are cookers or eaters, but I expect I’ll find that out soon.

I’m happy with what I am doing, although I have made a few rooky errors, having a scarecrow and sunflowers are not one of them!  What do you think?

16 thoughts on “Is Frippery Ok on an Allotment?

  1. janesmudgeegarden July 28, 2018 — 9:29 am

    Someone should put a stick in that woman’s wheel…..

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  2. I think it’s your allotment and you should feel comfortable doing whatever you want in it. Gardening is a very good way to be creative.


    1. It also helped create something to write about 😃


  3. I think that woman needs to get over herself and that you should have as many scarecrows and as much fun with the allotment as you want 🙂


    1. Maybe I should start a scarecrow competition

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  4. Our allotments are judged before the village show and given additional marks for quirkiness. I think your scarecrow is a winner. X


    1. Thank you! I like quirky 😁😁


  5. PENELOPE in MAINE July 25, 2018 — 3:17 pm

    My goodness….. I would have pretty much had a puzzled mind too if it was all said to me…. I love being in my garden because I am alone in my own thoughts. I am not sure if I could tolerate people …… with attitude. Perhaps she takes her gardening too seriously.
    Smell the roses!

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    1. A friend thought the heat might have got to her – we are sweltering in a heatwave here with no rain in the last 10 weeks!


      1. PENELOPE in MAINE July 25, 2018 — 6:45 pm

        Possibly “If you can’t stand the scare crows stay out of the garden”


  6. Next year, do your whole allotment in flowers & scarecrows w/a dozen or so pink flamingos thrown in for added colour. I’ve got corn envy. Mine only have one cob per stalk. What type are you growing?


    1. Like the idea of pink flamingos 😀. Can’t remember the variety, I’ll take a look when I next go.

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  7. I’m sure you will just ignore the silly person and enjoy what your doing and if the allotment police come calling you will know not to take on your own plot if your offered one on that site

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