Solving the Potato Famine – Albeit a little late …

Despite the frustration of the weeds taking a hold on the allotment again, I was not deterred. I covered the weeds throughout the allotment with tarpaulin and left them for the winter.

Learning from my mistakes, the ground was then covered with tarpaulin. This keeps the weeds under control over winter and killed the grasses.

Learning from my mistakes, the ground was then covered with tarpaulin. This keeps the weeds under control over winter and killed the grasses.

Whilst this was happening there were plenty of jobs to be on with. For instance, I put up a second hand shed (with a lot of help from my Dad) that  I had acquired from a friend and set up some shelving  for my seeds to grow (when the weather improved). Continue reading


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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