Friday, 22 April 2011


Just when you think you're getting there you find a million other things to do!

Today I went up to the allotment and thought I'd start digging the beds for the Veg! I had no idea how tough it would be, with the help of my Dad (for about 20 minutes) we managed to dig up the grass for one bed, he then left us to it and we dug and turned soil for a couple of hours. There is absolutely no way Rach and I could have done it on our own. I really wanted to get a few beds ready but it was so hard we only managed the one...

It's about 6ft x 6ft (even though it looks small!), we're looking at getting some Mushroom compost to put on top to make the beds nice and deep. After all the digging we came back to the house and have started painting planks of wood for the borders...

I've also planted 12 pots of Tomatoes (5 different varieties), 24 courgettes and another 2 bags of potatoes, it's been a busy old day! Dad's even put in some extra beams in the greenhouse to balance some more seed trays on. I think the only thing I have left to plant now it Carrots, oh and dig another 5 beds at the allotment.

There's some more activity in the greenhouse with another variety of cabbage starting to poke through as well!

If you look closely you can see the beginning of the cabbages, they're red!

Thursday, 21 April 2011

All systems go!

It's been a busy few days and I'm really making the most of the good weather and lighter evenings!

My greenhouse arrived yesterday and was up and ready to use within 20 minutes (with a little help from my Dad!). I moved all the seed trays from the patio into the greenhouse yesterday evening and by this morning a couple of the cabbages were poking through.

I've just had another look (approx 10 hours later) and some of the Purple sprouting and lettuces are poking through as well.

Last night I planted some parsnips, potatoes and potted some Broad Beans that were given to me by my friend Lyn (thanks Lyn!!!).

The greenhouse isn't huge and I'm struggling to fit everything in but I'm getting a bit addicted to sowing seeds and tonight I've planted more lettuces, cucumbers, cauliflowers, more potatoes and sweet peppers.... oops!

Tomorrow is Good Friday so a day off! The plan is to get up to the allotment and actually start getting the ground ready for when all the seeds are ready to move. I have carrots, courgettes and tomatoes left to sow now.

Definitely getting somewhere now and I'm excited to be seeing results after only 9 days!

Thursday, 14 April 2011

In goes the Garlic and changing plans (again)

The weather has been miserable for the past couple of days so I still haven't been able to start killing the grass and digging up at the allotment.

I have potted some garlic though, so fingers crossed this grows! This seemed easy enough so I hope I've done it correctly. I split the garlic bulb into cloves and planted these into individual pots of compost, I need to get out there and give it a good watering but it looks like more rain is on the way - that will save me the job!

I've changed my mind about the plan of the allotment after reading some ideas from Monty Don! Instead of planting things together I'm now thinking of planting them in individual beds so I will be looking at about 6 raised beds - still being a bit too ambitious I think!

Still no sign of my Greenhouse :-(

Tuesday, 12 April 2011

First seeds sown

It's been a long evening but things are starting to come together already.
I went and had a look at where my allotment will be tonight, it's not in as bad a state as I thought it was going to be. We're going to start by killing off all the grass and then it'll be time to start digging!!

As well as looking at my future allotment I've also sown my first seeds (with the help of my sister, Rach). The cabbages, lettuce and Purple sprouting are all in and I'm so excited to see how long it takes to start seeing them poking their heads out of the compost!

Laur's Allotment Blog

Hi Everyone and welcome to my blog!

I've just decided to take on the mammoth task of setting up my own Allotment and believe me it is a mammoth task looking at the area of ground I have (photos to follow)!

I purchased a greenhouse a couple of days a go and last night I went and got lots and lots of seeds, seed trays and compost so I'm raring to go!

I've decided to not be too ambitious this year and just grow a few things..... HAHA!
  • Cabbages
  • Cauliflowers
  • Runner Beans
  • Cucumbers
  • 5 Varieties of Tomatoes
  • Lettuce
  • Purple sprouting
  • Potatoes

I think that's it.  I'll keep you updated with my progress!

Laur x