Today I signed the contract for our allotment - and the volunteer board members were so nice and laughing. They told me a couple of the rules (I can read all of the rules and regs on the website of the Bond van Volkstuinders
), like you can't grow dope plants and no cars and no renting your house out to strangers. And if I want to cut down any trees with a diameter bigger than 10cm (at 130cm height), I have to send in a request for a permit, which goes to the city, who sends someone to look at the tree, and decides if it can be cut down. But they laughed the whole time they were telling me this, so while I know they are serious, they don't seem to take it all too seriously, which I like.
Then we looked at the house and the plot. Obviously the house was made by someone who knew what they were doing. It's on a concrete foundation, and there is drainage outside in the front and side yard, which is handy so they plot doesn't flood (it's under the dike, so that's a risk).
I also found the key to the greenhouse - which is also built on a solid concrete foundation, and has a well that goes down to the water level of the ditch out back. I don't know if they old owner used that for watering plants, or if it is some kind of water level thing. I'll ask the neighbors.
And then, inside the house, there is a little panel in the floor. I thought it was for pipes or something - but it turns out to be a built-in concrete box, so you can keep things cool! Very cool! And nicely made. I will add photos next time.
Of course, the garden is about gardening. For now I will be happy if I can weed all of the horsetail, it's a horsetail forest out there. They told me to put the horsetail in plastic garbage bags and throw it away. No one wants that stuff on their compost heap!
I am looking forward to the weekend, and don't want to do anything else but my garden allotment!