Allotment life 2016

March 2016

Allotment life began last year, we were fortunate enough to get our plot at the end of July 2015. Overgrown and neglected we set about clearing it. When I say we I mean myself,  my hubby and also my son. They are also very keen to make the most of allotment life. We have always grown our own but only on a small scale. We all mucked in, had aches and pains in places we didn’t realise we had. We got very dirty, sweaty and tired,  but enjoyed the challenge. We have also met a fantastic group of people. Learnt a great deal from them, which crops grow well, which varieties to avoid. Hints and tips about weeds and pests. Where to buy necessary items at good prices, discounts from allotment supporting businesses. I feel that this year will only be better, our first full growing year. I am looking forward to seeing all of the other allotment holders again, chatting, laughing and just enjoying being outside with nature.

I have started to sort through my seeds

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I’ve started chitting my seed potatoes

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Swift, International Kidney, Sharpe’s Express, Nadine and Desiree.

May 2016

Life on the allotment 2016 is gathering pace. We have been very busy sowing, planting and enjoying every second. When I look back through the allotment blog pages for 2015, I am so pleased with our progress. It’s been a painful journey at times, I’ve had aches and pains in places I didn’t know I had! We have met some fantastic people on the other plots and learnt many, many things. I am keeping a diary which contains dates for sowing, hints and tips, a plan of our plot and where and what we have planted this year. There are so many things to remember that I have to keep writing them down. I hope the photos below give you an idea of progress so far.

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Green tunnel containing Beetroot. Row of Broad Beans.
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Beds containing Cabbages, Carrots and Kale. Poly tunnel containing Radishes. Lettuce leaves & spring onions sown under black tunnel.
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Mounding up the Potatoes

 

We have picked our first Rhubarb of the season today. Looking forward to Rhubarb crumble.