It’s year two for my allotment and the layout I created for it originally is really working. The beds have been easy to keep weed free with weed suppressant membrane and rotating crops is a doddle. Everything is planted in little rows in a simple structure, the paths have nice grass along them now. With each weekend it’s all starting to feel neater and a step closer to how I want it. Continue reading Allotment Month 17: dahlias, prairie and produce
Month 13: my allotment has expanded a bit this year as I’ve taken on some unused adjacent plot. This is thick with grass and other weeds so I’m using weed suppressant membrane to bring it under control with less effort. It may not look pretty, but it works. Continue reading Allotment: weed suppressant membrane – beating weeds organically
Last year I grew a set of seven different potato cultivars and only really liked one of them, ‘Jazzy’. So, tonight I asked my Twitter buddies which potatoes they recommend and I was inundated with amazing suggestions! There are some clear winners, namely ‘Charlotte’ which everyone recommended and ‘Anya’ / ‘Pink Fir Apple’. Below is the full list with links to the Twitter accounts of those who recommended them. Continue reading The best potatoes to grow
Future gardening is the phrase I use to describe my personal take on the world. Be forward thinking. Be big thinking. Looking at gardening and garden design with a serious eye to combine humans and nature in a way that suits both. Sustainable, enjoyable, beautiful, progressive. My future gardening journey to date has been organic in its perambulations, with many great gardeners helping and inspiring me. I have much to do in 2017 but at this time of year I like to pause and reflect on the moments from the recent past (small things and big things) that will no doubt influence my garden designs in future. It’s been a fun year, so below is a mini diary of 44 moments that meant a lot to me personally in 2016. Continue reading 44 Future gardening moments of 2016
Taking on an allotment for the first time is exciting and scary. I know because I’ve just done it – I’ve had my first allotment for a year and guess what, it was fine 🙂 Yours will be too. Below are some of my tips for allotment newbies to help speed you on your way to fruit and veg success! Continue reading 13 tips to help allotment newbies… by an allotment newbie!
It’s been a year since I was given my 125 sq metre allotment and what a wonderful, soulful, reflective, fun, heartening year it has been! It’s been a hell of a lot of hard work which, while not converting into an equal output of produce, has satisfied my need to grow-our-own tenfold. Continue reading Allotment month 12: proof is in the potatoes
I’ve had my allotment for over half a year now – where did that time go? As a recap, my allotment is seven miles from our house, which is about 40 minutes on the train. This means I can only really visit it once per week on a Saturday morning, putting in a few hours graft. Continue reading Allotment Month 7: Potatoes growing, problems sowing
March has to be up there in my top three favourite months of the year. Yes February has snowdrops. In March however every inch of bare soil or naked branch comes to life with little shoots of green and the garden transforms faster than I’m ever ready for. Blink and you miss it. Continue reading March 2016: Allotment woe to propagation pro
I’ve had access to my allotment for a month now giving me time to assess it, ready about half of it for planting and to make plans. It’s been cared for by the same person for over a decade I believe, and the soil appears to be a lovely, rich clay loam. Continue reading My Allotment: month 1 – preparation and planning
Today I had my first proper session at the allotment and I’d say that for the first time I felt like a proper gardener. Down on my knees hand weeding a very overgrown plot – as you can see in the photo above. I only worked through 5 metres (another 120 to go!) but it was done thoroughly.
After a year of trying, this has all happened quite quickly: I have an allotment! 125 sq metres to grow on (6m x 21m). You can see above that it has had some love in the past, and now needs some tidying up. It has become very overgrown with weeds, so that is my first task. Very excited about what this means for growing my own vegetables, fruit and more plant experiments 🙂 Continue reading I have an allotment!