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7wks post op & allotment update

Well i’m so glad i had sown as many seedlings as i did before i went into hospital because the allotment is nearly full, the garden vegetable bed is full and so are the greenhouses.
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I’ve got a few money makers tomato plants and a pumpkin plant to take to the allotment which will fill in the last space then it will be serious weeding 🙂

We had a slight disappointment with the allotment, i have 2 old draws that i was going to use a cold frames but then i’d got given another greenhouse i thought i’d just manage with them.. so instead i decided to plant some colour .. some poached egg flowers. The seeds were slowly popping up only to be stood on and squashed by someone fixing their garden fence 😦 Thankfully it was only the one bed so turning a negative into a positive i’ve decided to top the compost up and sow some carrots and spring onions.

But i must give all the credit to my dear hubbs who has taken my supervising him with great valour. On top of helping me with the allotment he’s made a start on laying a patio in the back garden as we’ve decided to totally revamp and re.organise the whole back garden which will give us and the dogs more space but also still leave me an area to grow a few vegetables.

Last august when we took on the allotment we decided back then that we will spend as little as possible which means recycling everything we can think of, here’s a few things we’ve re.used.

make great lettuce planters
make great lettuce planters

pop bottles again make great supports for shelving to keep the cats off the veg bed, pop bottles also make green mini greenhouses for new seedlings
pop bottles again make great supports for shelving to keep the cats off the veg bed, pop bottles also make green mini greenhouses for new seedlings

As a plot marker i have 2 old car tyres that i planted an azalea shrub in, some of the netting over my cabbage and sprouts covers the old framework for a plastic green house and our latest project uses 2 old pallets and yes more pop bottles… our strawberry tower 🙂
strawberry tower

Just a short mention about my recovery… i’m doing well and have reduced the painkillers but my body is still telling me at the end of the day that i’ve done too much. It’s a big operation and i really didn’t understand the full impact before hand but between the growing vegetables, my dogs and my photograph i’m just about remaining sane.

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Seedlings update

Well i’ve managed to get quite a head start and between my 3 little greenhouses and kitchen window sill everything is doing really well.

The first weekend of April we spent some time at the allotment finished digging the beds, moved 2 fruit bushes over a little then finally got the potatoes in.

At home in the vegetable garden we’ve worked on emptying one of the beds that is in bad need of repair. I took a risk and have also planted out some peas and broad beans.
Broad beans
But now i’m laid up in bed due to an operation on the 8th April, i’ve left the care of my seedlings to hubbs. As i couldn’t get down the greenhouse hubbs took photos of how everything is doing 🙂 and so far its all looking ok. He’s managed to pot on some beetroot i had forgotten about and got very leggy, so hopefully we’ll finally get beetroot.

Another few days and i hope to be able to walk around the house and garden which obviously i’m gagging to do as the weather is lovely sunny and warm… then i’ll be taking on a supervisory role in the garden and get these veggies going.

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Grow babies grow ….

my daffs

Well i think i’m on track with all my seedlings, so far sown 5 different types of tomatoes from mini cherry tomatoes to huge beef tomatoes, peas, cucumber, sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower, broad beans, beetroot, then for flowers i’ve done marigolds, pansies and teddy bears sunflowers.

cucumbers Plum tomatoes

As the seedlings very quickly filled all my south-facing window sills we invested in a small plastic walk in greenhouse, this with the 4 tier plastic green house i already have i thought should be enough.
green houses A few days later whilst chatting to a very good neighbour, he offered us a 3 tier green house.. whilst carrying it across the road the cover became damaged, which was fine i could still use it for the stacking shelves… 3 days later that same neighbour dropped in a brand new cover. Will be making sure lots of home-grown veg goes his way 🙂

This past weeks weather has been lovely and warm so we took the opportunity to pop to the allotment and see whats happening. Bumped into the site manager and it turns out all plots have now been allocated which is great to hear, it will be great seeing the other plots used too. We started digging and weeding what looked like the dryest bed and it turned over really well as we moved on to the next bed the more we dug the wetter and heavier it got.

We then moved on to the next job which was collecting bark chippings from a neighbour who’d had too much delivered so being as helpful as we could, we took some to top up our paths also mentioned the chippings to another plot holder who collected some too.
Plot 1A

This afternoon was another gorgeously warm one so i spent the time potting on some seedlings and sowing more seeds. Feeling very organised so far, just watching the weather and on the evenings when the temperature drops too low i’ve been lighting a DIY tea light candle heater in the bigger greenhouse.

Sadly i have to go to work now for the next 5days but then off for nearly 2wks so if the weathers still good we’ll be finishing the digging at the allotment and also start preparing the 2 vegetable beds we have in the back garden.

Hows everyone else doing ???

Anyone put potatoes in yet ?? i’m hoping to get mine in at the end of the month.

Happy growing till next update xx

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My season has started …..

Might be a bit early and i know its risky but i did it any way 🙂

ready to go
ready to go

So with 3 lots of seeds I’ve just laid them on wet tissue and will transplant when they germinated.. never done this before but some people I’ve chatted to find it good if the seeds are old, i did peas, cauliflower and parsnips. literally there was just no more than 10 seeds of each put into a small propagator inside another bigger one.

seed mountain
seed mountain

Into potting compost i have sown some cherry and money-maker tomatoes and some sweet peppers. Like the seeds on tissue I’ve put them into small propagators then placed into bigger ones.

mixed daffs

Popped to the allotment yesterday and although we’re very lucky and not flooded but still very wet. The biggest worry was the shed but its safe and still standing.

The vegetable garden looks ok both beds were covered with cardboard so not sure what to expect when i lift that. As as things start drying up we have plans to rebuild one of the 2 beds so there’ll be a few ton of soil to move. Once the soil is moved and the new bed built i intend to empty my compost bin into the new bed then cover back up with soil.

I have noticed that 2 fence panels joining our garden to next door have fallen into or garden … so i suppose that should take priority over any other jobs. Ideally I’d like to re.fence all of the bottom half of the garden.

Moving to the front garden which seems to collect all of the streets rubbish behind the rubbish are my 2 Belfast sinks ….. looking closely it won’t be too long before we get some colour.

Back to work after being an 'at home mum' · Gardening · Healthy eating · keep fit · life changes · Vegetable plot

Happy new year to all my followers ….

Its been ages since i blogged here … but i hope to put that right. I’m not going to make resolutions to do certain things .. i hope to make new routines and achievable goals.

August 2013 after being on the waiting list for yrs we finally managed to get an allotment on a site just 2 minutes walk away from home. So this year we intend to keep just 2 raised beds in the garden vegetable plot and grow the majority of our vegetables down and the allotment. I hope to blog on our progress throughout the coming growing season.
Plot 1a
garden vegetable plot

I do hope to try to do the usual… get fit & loose weight but by concentrating on other things i hope they will just happen.

Later in the year i hope to go to university to study Back to Nursing course which will enable me to practise as a trained nurse again. Until then i intend on improving my maths currently enrolled in a course at college and attending all the study days possible that work arrange.

Also the usual subjects will probably come up are adventures of my dogs … any photo shoots i get inspired to do.

So again happy new year to you all … lets make 2014 a memorable one xx

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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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Full steam ahead (with a little hic cup along the way)…

I suppose i’ll get the confession out the way first and admit to getting over enthusiastic with a few days of sunshine at the beginning of the month which were followed by a frost 😦 which meant i lost the 3 courgettes i put outside under a cloche ….

RIP x 3 courgettes  RIP lettucealso managed to boil a tray of lettuce that were sat under a propagated on the kitchen window sill 😦  all part of the learning curve i suppose  🙂

Since then i’ve gone on leaps and bounds ….. where do i begin some much is going on   🙂  i have a lovely full green house, lots of healthy growing seedlings 🙂

full green house
full green house
full kitchen window sill
full kitchen window sill






I’ve done 3 batches of sweetcorn but only
5 actually germinated :-/ might have to cheat a bit with the sweet corn and buy some seedlings

Now for outside in the raised beds 🙂 .. about a week ago i took a small risk and planted out my dwarf green beans and my mange tout as both were getting very leggie in the green house (also need the space mind)  thankfully as yet we’ve had no frosts just showers and sunny patches.  After the initial shock of being planted out all seem to have recovered really well and beginning to grow very well.

At about the same time i planted out some radish seedlings, sowing  a row of carrots and spring onions either side then covered them all with a plastic cloche.  Today i lifted the cloche to check to see whats happening and wow the radish are looking good, so good i picked one 🙂 yummy.  Both the carrots and spring onions are doing well and i weeded then replaced the cloche.

On the next quarter of bed 1 i’ve sown a further 2 rows of carrots and a row of garlic chives after inspecting today they are all peeping through the soil, which is very surprising as just after i’d sown them one of the pups jumped onto the bed and probably disturbed the very nice tidy rows.  Will be interesting to see what happens there.

radish :-)
radish 🙂








This past week has been a mix of sunshine and showers so today we decided to brave the showers and do more on the garden.  So in bed 3 i planted out a few cabbages and broccoli,  i placed a cloche over both and will keep a close eye on them.  We do have an old bed frame surrounding the bed which i will eventually cover with fine netting.

Also planted out some peas and mixed a few sweet peas that i had,   took a bit of a chance and planted out 2 single beetroot but placed home-made mini single cloches over them.  ( cut down pop bottles ).

Sonny the gnome supervising
Sonny the gnome supervising

Back in the green house i planted on a tray of sprouts, beetroot and lettuce seedlings, this took up more space than i thought so the 6 chilli plants have been removed to the bedroom window sill.

Hubbs continues to work on clearing the very end of the garden along the fence line.  We plan to build up a mound then fence it all off, loosing about 2ft along the end but it will add to the security of that edge of the garden.

For first growing, this season i’m growing garlic (planted out last october) in a tub its doing fantastically well.  Leeks too are a first and after germinating in what i’ve now decided was a much too shallow tray, i’ve planted them on into a bigger deeper pot and they’ll sit out in the greenhouse until big enough to plant out.


As a little experiment for me i’ve sown about 5 or 6 carrot seeds into a big pot just to see how straight and big they grow.










Then of course there’s lots of tomatoes at different levels of growth.

It’s now getting a little late after what has been a full day so i’m off to chill in front of the tv with a cold glass of wine.

This blog has probably updated all the veggies i’m growing, i’ll try to do a blog on the flowers i’m growing too which are many more than i had planned.

Happy germinating peeps   🙂