With the site clearance well underway, the next step is how I’m actually going to grow the ingredients I need. With the help of my friend Mike I’ve marked out the growing areas and managed to clear the turf off the top – the beds aren’t ready by any stretch of the imagination but at least they are beds now.
Onto the first challenge of the week – get my head around the gardening basics. Luckily this is where the first of my friendly experts, Toby Buckland, comes in. He has years of experience presenting radio and TV gardening programmes, writing books and publications and runs his own garden centre and festivals here in Devon. He’s also a very nice guy, and offered to visit the allotment to give me a few tips on the best way to get started.
This though, gave me my second challenge of the week – holding and recording the interviews. The podcast is going to be the main way to understand and follow my journey, so it’s important that I get it right. As well as making sure that you’re going to find the 30 minutes interesting I also need to make sure that you can hear it properly! I’m not sure if I know less about gardening or recording audio, so it seemed an ideal time to give both a try. As Toby led me through the basics of understanding soil, seed nutrition and growing plants 101, I got to grips with my portable sound recorder and microphones, all the while fearing a gust of wind or the accidental tapping of a microphone cable. I have a new found respect for both allotment gardeners and sound engineers, but as I’m now into the editing, with the first interview done, I’m really looking forward to the rest of the year.
You’ll just have to wait until August to find out how it went, but I think it’s worth the wait…
Next week I’ll be tackling the essential accompaniment to any allotment – the shed.