Monday, 14 August 2017

National Allotment Week 14th - 20th August 2017




Potato Harvest

L to R - Parsnips, white onions and cauliflower

Carrots

Runner Beans

Tomatoes 

Strawberry Plant


Those of you that follow me on Instagram will know that we got our first ever allotment in May this year. As it is national allotment week this week I thought I would share some pictures of what we have achieved so far. We were supposed to get our allotment back in March but unfortunately it was not ready in time. When we did finally get it it was all actions stations to try and plant as much as we could so we could actually get something back from it this year. 

I had already been growing some veg from seedlings since around February which I'm so glad I did as it really helped get things going. The only things we did buy as ready grown plants are the strawberries and we also have sweet peas growing in one corner just to add some colour and to break up all the green! Around 75% of what we have grown has come from seed and I'm really proud of that. 

Considering we have never done this before I'm really pleased with how the allotment has done so far. The only thing we have harvested is the potatoes and basket upon basket of sweet peas. We also have these growing in our garden at home so the house has been full of them constantly, not that I'm complaining as the smell is incredible. I'm very excited for when everything else is ready to be picked, which shouldn't be long now.

The main reason we wanted to get an allotment was to become slightly self proficient with some of our veg and also to teach the kids how to grow their own food.  The kids have loved coming up to help and of course getting dirty! Having an allotment is a commitment as it does require a good chunk of time to get it set up. It took us a good few weeks to sort the ground out before we could plant anything. Once things have been planted and have started to grow the main thing is upkeep. Every week (well we try to) we go up to weed as unfortunately we do get stinging nettles growing on our plot. We also love that it has brought us closer to our community and Isabelle's school also has a plot up there too. 

When next May arrives we will have to decide whether we want to have the allotment for another year. Myself and my husband have already agreed that we would like to. It's the best feeling to put hard work in to something and get a brilliant reward. This being growing and eating our own fruit and veg. 

If you are considering getting an allotment or you would like more information, you can do so by speaking to your local council or by visiting The National Allotment Society's website.






27 comments:

  1. I keep reading up about alotments, when I lived up north my ex's family had one out the back of their garden and it was wonderful having fresh veg daily!

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    1. It's the best decision we have made this year x

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  2. Congratulations on receiving your first allotment! I would love one but the waiting list in my town is 3 years long :( I'd love to grow my own vegetables.

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    1. Thank you. We have been very lucky! We moved to a new build village and the allotments were part of it so we only had to wait for around a year x

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  3. I've always wanted a little veg patch! My grandad had a huge vegetable patch and a greenhouse full of veg with fruit trees and bushes lining the fields! Fresh produce is always the best!

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    1. I think that's why I wanted one so much as it reminded me of my grand parents x

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  4. I am so jealous of your allotment! We are slowly but surely creating a kitchen garden and my god is it hard work. The garden was overgrown before and I am fighting a never ending battle with weeds which are stopping my wonderful veggies from growing! Any tips?!

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    1. Weeds are a nightmare aren't they! All I have found is that keeping on top of it helps. I'm going to look into it more for next year I think! x

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  5. I love the idea of an allotment! Especially to grow your own fruit and veg.Definitely going to have to try some of these in our garden!

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  6. My parents in law have an allotment and our newphew who is 4 absolutely loves going up and harvesting and planting with them! Tyler will do too once he is old enough, hopefully! I'd love to have our own some day!

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    1. It's brilliant and the kids love it up there x

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  7. I would LOVE to have an allotment! My friend has one and gets the most amount of veg from it, I am always super jealous!

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    1. I'm really surprised with how much we have already managed to produce! x

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  8. I'm very envious, my mum has a little allotment and Emelia loves going to pick the fruit and veg when we go to stay, one day when we settle somewhere I'd love to have my own!

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    1. We are very lucky and the kids love going up there x

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  9. Is there anything better than growing your own veg!? I used to love helping my grandparents pick their runner beans xx

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    1. Me too! I think that's why I wanted one so much as I had such lovely memories of being in my grandparents garden x

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  10. Oh Wow! I wish I have an allotment like yours. It feels so good when you can eat your own homegrown vegetables isn't it.

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  11. I'd absolutely love an allotment but they are like gold dust where I love right now so I'm trying to sort my garden out in an attempt to grow veggies at home.

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    1. We were very lucky. We moved to a new build village so the allotments were built at the same time so residents only had to wait a year x

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  12. I am seriously considering growing some of our own vegetables. We have the space but no time.

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  13. I have always wondered about getting an allotment, I would love to grow my own fruit and veg. I love the idea about teaching the children where food comes from and think this is really important x

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  14. How lovely, and what a success you've made of it in your first year. Well done!! I like the sound of the potatoes and the sweet peas, both are on my list to try next year. This year I only managed courgettes, but I've had a good crop :-)

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  15. Aw that is so lovely, I only got as far as having my own herb garden :)

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