Gardening · Healthy eating · Uncategorized · Vegetable plot

Yayyyy we got it :-)

About 5yrs ago i applied to the local council and a couple of the local parish councils for an allotment, in the mean time we’ve enjoyed growing a variety of vegetables in our garden.  Now proudly have 3 raised beds all fully packed with vegetables.

10days ago i got a call from the Allotments officer at the council asking if we’d like to take a look at a plot on a small site just 10mins walk from the house.  Well  the following day a meeting with the site manager was arranged and we got to see the plot.

First impressions were wow its huge and oh no what a lot of weeds.

 

plot 1a
plot 1a 

006The plot already has 5 beds marked out with wooden edging.   Its right next to the tap, apart from  many weeds there are a few raspberry bushes and some potato plants.

There are approximately 10 plots on the site with 3 available.   Theres a communal shed we can use but the plot we chose has so much more room than we expected there would be room for our own shed and composting area.

That night my head was buzzing … omg we’re getting so late in the season …. what can we get planted asap…. i did eventually fall off to sleep in the early hours with the full version of how i’d like the plot to look in my mind.

The following day we went to pay the money and collect a key,  even though the weather was burning we did spend an hour having a go at clearing but the heat was too much so left to return home and cool down, but both being quiet impatient people we returned after tea when the temperature had dropped to clear even more.

By visit 3 we’d been able to dig and fine weed  one of the easier beds and even got to sow some carrots, spring onions and turnips.  On the 4th visit we planted some courgette seeds and some peas, not sure what we’ll get but felt the need to put something in the ground.

clearing the beds
clearing the beds 
seeds sown
seeds sown

 

Think once the bazaar hot weather passes we’ll spend more time clearing the beds, each time one is completed we’ll cover with cardboard to be covered later with compost.

We also need to work on clearing and wood chipping the paths between the beds, arrange a seating area of course and the biggest thing planning what to put where next year.

We still plan to grow vegetables in the back garden but will be reducing back down to just 2 raised beds and also branch out a bit more in the flower area.

the vegetable jungle
the vegetable jungle

I’ve really enjoyed growing sun flowers, also just pulled some garlic i planted last october .. very pleased with that.  May have to invest in a green house which will be put in the garden to be home for so many more seedlings that i’ll need 🙂

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Gardening · Healthy eating · Vegetable plot

Vegetable garden is full and over flowing ……

Apart from the sweetcorn everything i have planted has come up really well,  radish seems to have gone crazy, courgettes are looking fuller every day.

048 (3)   011 (9) Sunflowers appear to grow a foot a day and are now peeping over the adjoining fence.   We emptied one of the potato sack to a very poor crop but the sack was very dry :-/ hoping by watering more often we get better results from the other 3 sacks.

We’ve a mass of peas which i though were mange tout and have started pulling the bigger looking carrots, first batch was enough to feed 4 adults so very pleased with that.

I still have my mini green house up as its home to a few tomatoes and some chilli plants which i’m very excited with as i have a total of 3 little chillies growing.  The first few flowers on the chilli plant just withered and fell off so after a bit of research it was suggested they need to be pollinated, so the next few i brushed with a very small paint brush and they then went on to produce chillies 🙂

 

But this week has been taken over by the gorgeous scent of my sweet peas

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They were very slow to start but now looking absolutely gorgeous.  Later this evening i will be cutting a lot of the flowers to bring in doors which should encourage more flowers.

 

Even as early as this in the growing season i think i’ve done what i set out to do and that was produce more vegetables to a better quality than previous years.  The tomatoes are a mass of flowers, we actually been able to have a bowl of strawberries and cream.  My little gem lettuce have filled out and will be eated very soon along with spring onions and radish 🙂

Thanks for popping by 🙂