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Wednesday, 27 April 2016

She could make anything grow..

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When I first mentioned my plans for the allotment this year, I'd considered posting a monthly update of my antics at the plot. Well, it's clear that hasn't happened, since it's now practically the end of April and this is the first. But, to be honest, although I've spent proportionately more time down at the plot this year than I have in past years, I've not had a lot to show for it until the past couple of weeks. 

Now, I'll start by making it abundantly clear that I'm definitely not an expert when it comes to anything to do with the allotment, or growing things. This isn't too much of a problem, as I am surrounded by knowledgeable fellow plotholders who have always got nuggets of (sometimes opposing) advice. 

I also have a few books - this one in particular I love for it's monthly checklist of things I should be doing have done already but haven't had time to - and also a CAD plan of my plot (yes, I'm a geek) so I know what I'm planting and where.

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As is probably evident, I still have a lot of work to do. I feel pleased to note that I've a lot more planted than I had this time last year, although after the inclement weather this week I'm not sure how well my carrot seeds are going to manage.

I bought some roses in the sale at a local garden centre the other day and have planted those by the fence near to the shed door, which I'm pleased about. I'm hoping that this year will bring more flowers, as well as vegetables. Also planted are potatoes, peas, tomato plants, lettuce and two kinds of broccoli, as realistically I eat a lot of broccoli. I also bought some herb plants (lavender and mint, which I've planted in pots).

Elsewhere and not pictured there's a huge amount of rhubarb, inherited from a cutting from a friend's grandad's allotment. It's going from strength to strength.

Although I'd kind of like one, I don't have a greenhouse at the plot, but the westward facing windows at home make my windowsills the ideal spot for growing seedlings, which I later bring down here to plant out.

I've still got lots to plant (and a big section which is pretty overgrown which I need to do something with, but I've been really enjoying spending time here, which I think is the most important thing. Hobbies shouldn't feel like a chore, or they soon lose their appeal.

Have you got any growing tips for me? All advice welcome (opposing or otherwise!).

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3 comments:

  1. No particular advices from me, I am afraid I am not skilled or experienced in growing things. Only thank you for this update on your allotment, it's so inspiring! Have fun with it and feel free to show us more, I would like it!
    Sara

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  2. It's looking really good! I Loove the colour of your shed!

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  3. I love gardening - it is my escape valve after a hectic week in the office. Home grown veg tastes so much better than supermarket veg! Your plants look fine to me - don't worry about the carrots - they will germinate but the soil is still cold.

    Rebecca

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