...I have given up our allotment after 5 years of effort and battling the elements. The constant fight against weeds and the weather has taken its toll. Somebody said somewhere that having an allotment means giving up a life and there's an element of truth in that. The terrible weather earlier in the year meant preparation, planting and weeding was difficult and the last straw was getting back after a 3 week holiday and finding the weeds almost waist high. Coupled with the failure of several crops it all seemed a bit pointless: too much effort for too little reward. I'm a broken man! To do justice to an allotment that size you need to be retired and have little else to do. I'll have more time do the crossword now, iron my undies, polish the cutlery and all manner of new hobbies.