So this will officially be my first year on plot 15C, having acquired my piece of land last year in July I had just about enough time to chuck some late seeds in the ground and then slowly work around them! I’m not moaning though, I managed to get such a great crop of chard, beetroot, turnips, carrots and french beans which makes me even more excited to see what my allotment produces in a whole year. I confess that I love planning! Making sketchbooks with drawings, graphs, inspirational photographs and ideas are my weak point. I have hundreds of scrapbooks lying around but this will be my first allotment one, and boy oh boy am I excited!
Thanks to Pinterest (Oh how I love you!) I was able to surround myself with the most beautiful and inspirational photographs of allotments and kitchen gardens all over the world and I picked up some pretty amazing ideas along the way. I love the whole ‘shabby chic’ and vintage feel to gardens, with wild flowers growing in chimney pots and a stepping stone pathway with lavender either side.
Due to it being very quiet on the growing front I have been able to get my head down and do some thorough planning. I decided to have 3 rotation beds and split them into the main family groups, the brassicaceae (cabbage family), the papilionaceae (pea and bean family) and the umbelliferae (carrot/root family). Then theres the large fruit bed which will be full of yummy fruits to make jams, pies and conserves from as well as two raised beds full with strawberries and a long galvanised trough which will contain 4 tomato plants and a gherkin plant. Along with all the fruit and veg will be the flowers which I am very intent on having! I love flowers and I dont think an allotment would be complete without them, therefore I placed a small flower meadow to one side of my shed to bring a bit of colour and the all important bees to the plot (and maybe there will be lots of flower containers dotted around!) I am also going to make a small cold frame using parts of the shed I cut up and I am eager to have a wildlife corner with a handmade hedgehog house, bug hotel, and a bird station.
Here is a list of the vegetables and fruit that I will be growing:
- International Kidney Potatoes (Jersey Royals!).
- Maris Peer Potatoes.
- Parsnips – Gladiator.
- Carrots – Autumn King.
- Peas – Douce Provence.
- French Beans – Cobra.
- Broad Beans – Saved Seed.
- Red Cabbage – Red Drumhead.
- Brussal Sprouts – Bedford Winter Harvest.
- Broccoli – Calebrese Autumn Spear.
- Pumpkins – Mars.
- Garlic – Marco.
- Swiss Chard – Bright Lights.
- Tomatoes – Moneymaker.
- Cucumber – Venlo Pickling Gherkin.
- 2 Gooseberry Bushes.
- 6 Blackcurrant Bushes.
- 2 Cranberry Bushes – Pilgrim.
- 6 Raspberry Canes.
- 48 Strawberry Plants – Runners!
I grew some flowers at my Dads allotment last year and loved bringing a bunch of them home to display in vases, it brightens up the plot AND attracts bees so its a win win situation. Heres a list of some of the flowers I would like to grow on plot 15c this year:
- Sunflowers – Giant Yellow.
- Cosmea – Sonata Dwarf.
- Ox-eye Daisy.
- Field Poppy.
- Scabious – Summer Berries.
- Verbena – Purple Elegance.
- Sweet Peas – Seed saved from last years crop.
- Dill (To use as flowers – Inspired by The Great British Garden Revival!)
Its going to be a busy old year but I am so excited! While I’m waiting for the growing season to start I am going to erect my pallet picket fence to stop those pesky deers from eating my chard leaves. And then the fun will begin!