It feels like so much has happened since I last sat down and wrote a blog even though it was less then a month ago! We’ve been really busy down on the allotment and with life in general. Our little online shop has been amazing and we can’t thank you enough for all your love and support, we’ve been non stop wrapping orders everyday and even though it’s exhausting it’s a great feeling so thank you. I’ve got a little bit of a routine going now, mornings and afternoons are spent replying to emails, wrapping orders and booking them in for collection. I try and do a little more work like listing new products before heading up the allotment in the late afternoon for an hour or two.
I was planning on writing a blog every weekend about what all the jobs we’ve done on the allotment, because I’m late with this one it will contain quite a lot of jobs! The plot is really starting to come together as we’ve been busy finalising the main layout and structure as well as planting and sowing. Plus a new addition moved over last weekend and I’m so happy with how it looks!
To start with my Dad planted out his onions and shallots, they were grown from sets in modules trays inside the greenhouse from the middle of February. He’s growing ‘Stuttgarter Giant’ onions and ‘Golden Gourmet’ shallots for pickling. He also had some broad bean seedlings ready to be planted out and we decided on two small rows so we aren’t overrun with them. The variety we grow is ‘Aquadulce Claudia’ and they can be sown straight into the ground during the Autumn but we find the mice usually end up taking them… We also completed the centre circular pathway and I think it’s my favourite feature!
I got round to planting out my Gladioli bulbs, I picked them up from a garden centre just before lockdown and they were in the sale too. The thing I’m most excited about this year is having the space to grow more flowers in larger quantities, so instead of popping a couple of gladioli bulbs in randomly I planted 50 of them! A whole 3 metre row and a half which I’m so excited to see bloom and I’ll be staking that whole area so I don’t lose any due to the wind.
We also finally finished digging the two main beds and I couldn’t be happier about this! It was really hard going trying to remove the larger clumps of weeds and grass, we made a pact to keep on top of hoeing and weeding this year…
I sowed some chamomile and giant poppy seeds direct and planted out my sweet peas. I also planted out my little lavender hedge! We decided to plant something pretty along the edge of each bed outside our sheds and of course I had to choose lavender to line my pathway. I purchased 10 small plants online from a company called Lavender World and these included 5 of the purple ‘Hidcote’ variety and 5 pink ‘Rosea’ (yes pink!) I also moved 6 of my established lavender bushes over from the old plot and I was still one short of completing the hedge… I’ve spaced them around a foot apart and added grit into the ground to create better drainage, I just hope they grow and bloom beautifully! I can just imagine what it will look like looking out of my shed 4 years from now at a sea of purple and bees buzzing happily around.
My Dad planted out his Broccoli after it had been acclimatised for the past 2 weeks at home, he also covered it with a netted tunnel to stop the birds pecking it. I got busy digging the little flower border which will sit between our two sheds and moved over the bee hive storage bin, some foxgloves, hollyhocks and feverfew from the old plot. I’m hoping to plant a new rose here as well as some more perennial flowers so it will take a few years to establish. Plus there’s going to be a table and chair set here too so we can sit back and relax every now and again.
Last but by no means least! We managed to move the shed over last weekend and I cannot tell you how excited I was about it. It took us about 4 hours and my lovely Mum helped too. We emptied it, dismantled it, moved it over and then put everything back inside exactly the way it was with the added extra of the new pink shelf my boyfriend made for me. Of course it needs to settle in yet and depserately needs some flowers growing either side. But I’m so happy with how it looks and it’s so nice to finally have it over on the new plot.
Managed to keep up? Well done! I told you we’ve been busy and I really must find the time to sit down and write these blog posts every week. I’m so pleased with how the allotment is looking though, we’ve worked so hard and it’s starting to pay off. I just really can’t wait to see it brimming with flowers and vegetables!
If you want to find out what we’ve been up to in more detail then check out my latest videos on Youtube plus I’ll be posting a new one on Sunday and also be releasing the big shed move video next week.