Weeds, Sunburn and a Garden Fork

Realising what I had taken on, I soon endeavored to get busy with digging. The first chance I had I took a week’s leave from work and spent three days at the allotment. I was determined to prove the wife wrong – it was no big deal and wouldn’t take long to clear the forest of weeds….

I was, of course, the one in the wrong. After three solid days of digging each weed out with a garden fork, I had cleared 60% of only the larger section of the allotment Continue reading


Allotment Apocalypse!

I’d given gardening a go and although I had killed quite a few plants, there were many successes too! Through experience, constant mistakes and trial and error I had learnt a lot the hard way. I had sought help from my Nan, stealing many plants and phoning every other day to check everything was how it should be. Her wealth of gardening knowledge helped me no-end! She had provided tomatoes, potatoes and many cuttings which thrust a lot of welcome responsibility on me. I had been given  a wealth of advice from my Father-in-Law and taken cuttings from his garden too. It was safe to say I had the gardening bug – I was hooked. Continue reading

From the Roots Up – Where it all started

I thought it was appropriate to start this blog with recalling how I got to where I am now. In this, I simply mean how I ended up with an allotment, how I came to be planting what I am now in pots on the balcony and what I have learnt so far. This is what the next few posts are likely to be focused on.

I suppose it started with an interest in trying some gardening, and our opportune moving into a flat with some (although not much) outside space.

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What is it all About?

I wanted to try gardening – the only problem was the lack of a ‘garden’. Not to be deterred I set about taking over balcony space outside our flat in the middle of a town. I made mistakes: I killed flowers, failed to successfully grow vegetables, wrecked seedlings, over- and under-watered to name but a few hiccups. And despite all my attempts at reading up about what to do, somehow I managed to make all of these errors.

What went wrong? There were a number of reasons: doing too much too fast, over-watering when I had forgotten to water for days before, over-sewing seeds etc. But by far the biggest issue I found was no matter how much of a beginner’s guide books, articles and website claimed to be, I still found myself confused.

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