Allotments and creatures.
So... thoughts are for first time having an allotment.. Fun and frustrating, hard work but lovely fresh air, and mainly it costs a fortune!!
Expensive weedkiller when my organic digging out approach doesn't work with couch grass, bindweed and thistles.
Having blackfly & slugs on my beans, so I pay out for bug killer when the soap spray fails and three bags of coarse sand for the slugs
Stopping cabbage fly on my cauli's & sprouts, so I pay out for expensive environment mesh & some poles.
Pay out for some fleece for my carrots to stop the flies.
Stopping slugs generally, pay for pellets then building electric boxes around some veggies and having to buy wood, wire and batteries. Copper tape around bottles to protect young plants.
Strawberries, paying out for netting, poles and straw to stop slugs and birds
Not to mention the cost of compost for the clay soil and more to quickly grow and replace the veggies I'd already grown which was eaten by critters.
I think... IF all that's left in the ground works, I may just about break even!
Seems that the work of actually digging out allotments and growing is a breeze compared to the cost and work of keeping every critter away from eating my crops!
Great fun tho