My Week in Words 7/7

Hello folks and Happy Friday to you all! Thank gawd right?!

I was off today with Dad, and we got the last few bits done before Dad goes back home tomorrow, boo!

First thing we did was measured up the bed so we could make an educated guess on how much compost we would need, then we went off shopping!

We bought a selection of bits from the garden centre (Almondsbury, which is on the outskirts of Bristol) including, membrane for the planters, 15 bags of compost and manure (YES 15) and maybe a couple of extra plants…

After that we treated ourselves to a cake at the fab restaurant at Almondsbury, if you live nearby and you don’t like plants (why the heck are you reading this if you don’t like plants) you should definitely go and have some cake in the restaurant!

Our morning of shopping then took us to Ben’s Reclamation Yard, where Dad went yesterday. To a shop called Treaure Island which is on the same site, where I bought 3 reclaimed stools.

This is them…

Finally we went to B&Q for some paint to upcyle the stools and the we headed in home!

Here is Dad emptying the masses of compost and stinky horse shit into the planters. Now they are full and ready for me to transfer plants into at the weekend.

Last job of the day was a trip to the allotment, where Dad built me a compost heap and paved some of the area around the shed and I finally gave in and did some spraying in attempt to keep the weeds down. Fingers crossed it works!

Good days work for us, and now we are relaxing with a Cider in our local pub garden! That’s the life!

Thanks Dad!

Thanks for reading all, there possibly won’t be another post tomorrow as I have truly ran out of words. But the next post won’t be far off! Promise ๐Ÿ™‚

Amy xx

My Week in Words 2/7

Hello lovely people!

So yes, day two is here and it was a little less productive than day one. However it was a day of small successes, as I went up to the allotment this afternoon and lots of things made me smile.

The sunflowers are in full bloom and wow, they are so beautiful!

Not only are they beautiful but the wildlife are loving them ๐Ÿ™‚ Hoorah!

Next along the plot is the french beans… and they are growing, growing, growing! Exciting! Plus the little red flowers are in bloom too. Gorgeous!

Working our way along the plot, some of my broccoli plants are finally producing actual broccoli… I CANNOT wait until it’s all ready!! ๐Ÿ˜€

My onions are starting to look fab too – there were a couple which looked ready to come up, so I have risked it and pulled them up. Mostly for trial purposes, so I can see if i’m to early or if this is about right.

Also my nerves got the better of me and I pulled up the remaining carrots too. After pulling some up for a little sneaky peak last week, I had visions of carrot fly carnage, so up the rest came today!! They aren’t huge or particularly straight, but they are definitely carrots and not bad for a first attempt.

I will certainly be growing carrots again next year and will remember to space them properly and leave them a little longer in the hope I get monster sized carrots next time ๐Ÿ™‚

TahDah! – ACTUAL REAL LIFE VEG!

 

I have left the onions spaced out in the green house so they can dry out ready for hanging in a few weeks.

Last thing I did today was eat the carrots… yep! I made a delicious stir-fry using our fresh carrots plus other non-allotment veg ๐Ÿ™‚

Good day all round – but tomorrow Dad arrives and the real work starts ๐Ÿ™‚

Chat tomorrow xx

Spring Evenings on the plot

Ahh, what a beautiful couple of days we have had here in Bristol. So warm that I popped up to the allotment this evening to give everything a good water.

The soil has gotten ridiculously dry since Sunday, so I was a little worried about my plant babies, but no disasters!

Everything is springing into life. My neighbours plot has masses of beautiful chives in flower, whilst my other neighbour has hundreds of pretty white flowers on their strawberry plants.

My plot is coming to life too, it’s actually starting to resemble an actual allotment and not a grass ridden wasteland!

Just look at those leeks for a start… Proper grown up looking vegetables!

But also, how nice to have half an hour in the sun after work. Taking in the sights of my successful plant growing and topping up my vitamin D at the same time.

Everyone should get an allotment, that little bit of outside time makes your soul feel good!

Amy x

 

Huge progress!

Today we made some real progress on the allotment, and what a beautiful day for it too!

First things first, I prepared the ground for a selection of new seeds, as unsurprisingly, some little weeds had begun to emerge. I then planted a row of broccoli (Autumn Calabrese), two rows of carrots (Flyaway F1) and another of spinach (Amazon F1 Hybrid). Plus I have planted a row of red onion sets – which is more of an experiment, as I have some sets growing in pots in my garden too. Hoping too see which is the most successful method.

I must say, I am quite pleased with how allotmenty this looks! Yes, very smug!

Lovely Andrew popped up to help me for a while too and managed to fix a very old and broken water butt and pipe system which now directs water from the shed roof into the butt rather than all over the floor!

He also created a raised platform to put the water butt on, so that I can get a watering can under the tap.

This will be super helpful now the weather is looking up, we have no water supply on site so I need to collect all the rainwater I can to help keep my little seeds happy and healthy. A good job done, thank you Andrew!

Finally I got myself tangled up in some black sheeting before managing to wrestle it onto the ground and peg it down. I have covered nearly 6m of my plot, which is mostly weed free now but needs covering to kill the remaining weeds and grassy bits, so I have a decent area to turn over and plant even more veggies in the coming months! As well as pegging it down, I have put spare planks of wood on top of the sheeting to stop it flying away if we get any strong winds.

You can buy sheet like this from most garden centres, but our site has its own store which opens monthly, where we can buy these useful things for a discount. Today I also purchased some garden fleece which I will use for my seedlings as they slowly harden off in the garden and then some netting which will be used when my veg starts to emerge from the ground, to prevent pesky birds and mice from nibbling away at any new growth.

I am chuffed with our progress today, it feels like we have some kind of control over the allotment that was once a bit wild. To top it all off, the weather was beautiful too, and signs of Spring are everywhere – even my Plum tree is in flower… Beautiful ๐Ÿ™‚

Keep posted for updates coming soon on both the allotment and the yarden too!

Amy xx

The Propagator

One of my Christmas presents last year was this little beauty!

Today, my ‘Garland Fab 4 Electric Propagator’ has had its first use. I have planted up two packets of Dahlia seeds. We have Dwarf Double Mixed and Pompon Mixed.ย ย Which were super cheap from Wilko, as you can see!ย 

Once they have started to sprout in the Propagator, I will prick them out and keep them in a larger tray or pot until they are strong enough to brave the outside, probably around May. When I will keep them in their trays/pots in the garden for a couple of weeks before moving them to the allotment.

After working on Gardeners’ World last year, I was inspiredย to use some of the space at the allotment as a cut flower border. This way throughout the summer months, I can bring fresh flowers into the house which I have grown myself – rather than forking out for a bouquet in store.

Plus, what a thoughtful gift for friends and family, a bouquet of flowers from our own allotment!?

Keep an eye on my blog for updates on my newest gadget – and the little seeds I have planted in there!

You could get the same propagator as me from Garland Productsย – they also do larger versions if you have more seeds to plant than I do!

Amy x

The Other Project – Progress

After my parents gave us a hand on the allotment a couple of weeks back, I spent an hour there this morning – as advised by my super knowledgeable parents! Just clearing any weeds which were popping up and then starting to dig over and clear a bit more space.

I now have a good sized bed to start planting my first lot of seeds – Carrots (Flyaway F1) which will go in the ground next month.

As you can see, we have something sprouting up already. We rescued these little guys from some of the grass ridden patches of the plot. I do know that they are part of the Allium genus, but unsure as to wether they are leeks or spring onions. I look forward to finding out nonetheless!

I am really excited to start planting and growing our own food! I encourage everyone to do the same, even if you just have a small balcony or even a window box. You could plant herbs or smaller fruit/veg.

Keep up to date with my allotment by keeping an eye on my blog and Facebook and Instagram pages.

Amy x

The other project…


Let me just set the scene, after moving to Bristol only a couple of years ago, Andrew and I buy our first home, which is a deshevelled 1900s cottage needing lots of work. We also start to think about working on the garden, plus I start a card making hobby/business to help make some pennies and give me a creative outlet. We both have full time jobs which often push our work hours above the standard 9-5. So the logical thing to do on top of all of this…

I signed up for an allotment in the village. Yes.

I have no experience of any real gardening, everything I had learnt about plants came from listening intently from colleagues when I worked on BBC’s Gardeners’ World or from my parents, and yet I took on an allotment.

Ok, so it isn’t huge (about 80 square metres), it’s much smaller than most on the site, but it was very overgrown. It certainly was a challenge for someone with very little spare time. Call me crazy, but I just couldn’t pass up the opportunity to have my own allotment.

There is something wonderful about the thought of growing your own food. I’m not expecting a vegetable miracle but it would be fantastic to be able to grow one successful crop. So that is the main reason I went ahead with the plot.

We haven’t had a lot of time to get down there and clear the brambles and mess so it was becoming a little overwhelming. But mum and I managed to spend the whole day there last Saturday. We cleared all of the brambles and dying fruit bushes and turned over a nice area for me to start planting up.

I can breathe a sigh of relief now that I actually have made a start on the allotment and we can think about what we want to grow.

Keep posted for more updates on the ‘other project’.

Amy x