Soup night

So this is something that has started since I met some great people down on the allotment. Soup consists of: one person bring soup made from produce from the plot, one home made bread and one a pudding of some sort and so on. I’m taking Mulled Wine tonight.
This will be the third get together since the summer days….. before soup night we had ‘plonk on the plot’.
Plonk on the plot came about by me setting up a Facebook page and RM bringing together the allotment community in one place to appreciate what we love – feeding ourselves from the plot.

 

The intention of the facebook page was to share excess produce and chat about what we were all up to – to be honest I also thought I could ask for help from some experts.
(Facebook page has 52 members to date from all 3 sites in my town – Allotment Group (Witney) where ‘plonk on the plot’ was born!

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When the summer days were around – we had sweetcorn and potatoes cooked from our plot.

NOW THIS IS THE KIND OF STUFF I DREAMED WOULD HAPPEN ON ALLOTMENTS – HOWEVER NEVER IMAGINED IT WOULD HAPPEN SO FAST INTO MY JOURNEY. Nor did I realise I would meet some amazing people who I see nearly every week, all with the same interests.
Having missed the sunny days we even got together in the cold nights with fires and jacket potatoes.

image20150927_194734.jpgDrinking home made soup and warming it in my Dutch oven.
Arh! Life on the lottie is good.

Green manure

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I have noticed lots of plots with things growing very similar to this – after asking around I found out it is green manure.  (This is mustard)

So this is my New Years journey – I am going to find out about green manures to help with weed control and digging in goodness into my ground. A friend suggested that my crops may not have been so fantastic (although I have had some cracking produce, I have had some mishaps) is down to the ground.

I went out of my way to get excited about buying horse poo! not just any horse poo but 3 year old horse poo! I heard the ground smile as it was scattered over the patch where my unsuccessful peas once were. I noticed that where the manure is on the bed there were not weeds growing there either but what I did see was an abundance of worms – big juicy worms which were being watched by the buzzard chick lingering around.  Having been to an organic garden recently and they had courgettes growing in amongst green manure.

They say…. Green manures are fast-growing plants sown to cover bare soil. Often used in the vegetable garden, their foliage smothers weeds and their roots prevent soil erosion. When dug into the ground while still green, they return valuable nutrients to the soil and improve soil structure.  So there you go ….. I’m going green at my allotment next winter for sure.  Seems to control the weeds and gives goodness into the ground – just need to ensure I plant it well in advance so it does what it says it does. Happy  growing.

Let’s start at the very beginning…

So I have never been into gardening or too fused about gardening to be honest. I arrived on a lovely late April morning at my little plot. A half plot, that seemed huge to me. I started by digging and clearing and then stood back after many many hours, to admire an empty plot with 3 beds!

My thoughts only at this point was – as long as I can get vegetables for my Christmas  dinner, I would be happy.

My first plant was brussel sprouts from the garden centre along with sprouting broccoli. I bought dry peas and runner beans which I placed in my sprouter to start them off (the peas and beans)  thinking that I would get them started off so that they had a head start in the ground.  All that did was make them rot in the ground as they were too wet!  That was my first disappointment – thinking I would be picking fresh peas in no time – but it didn’t quite work out like that. I also thought that everything had to have sticks to help them grow…. there were bamboo canes everywhere!

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Canes for broccoli/ canes for runners/ canes for broad beans/ canes for peas/ canes for butternut squash! (now that’s another story!)

 

 

My journey – Sow Grow Row

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My Allotment –  at point of inheriting this year in April.

It started with a phone call right at the end of April from the secretary of the Allotment Association.  “Hi are you still interested in having an allotment?” she said.   I replied Oh yes please, met her to inherit my new piece of land that would start an journey I had not really envisaged being so good! 

A friend suggested I do a blog to put down my journey ( a friend I have met through the allotment assoc. ) and so here it is.

So much has happened and it only seems fit to catch up a little and then share my journey.  

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