The diary of two novice gardeners and allotmenteers

Chris and Steve's Weblog – City Chickens

August 2006

There were red berries all over the big tree at home and it has reminded me how quickly the growing year is flying past. The peas were a disaster so we dug them up, same with lettuce, we have a lot to learn. We have planted some late potatoes, Carlingford, Maris Peer and Charlotte. The shed went up on the 30th and we now feel that we have really moved in to our plot. Trevor is giving us more and more space and we are gradually making it ours. We planted 33 leek plants given to us by the brothers. Also sowed seeds for beetroot, carrots, swede and turnips.

June 2006 – Jemima

First baby duck hatched 6th JuneWe have been fortunate enough to get an allotment on Bob’s Coppice site in Quarry Bank. This was our first choice after visiting a few locally so we feel very lucky. We have been down to see it and can’t wait to get started. We are to take over from the present plot holder, Trevor, gradually as he still has produce growing. It should be completely ours by April 2007. We have been allowed to sow a few seeds where there is space and we have made a start with beetroot, lettuce, radish and spring onions. We have also transferred some potatoes and tomatoes that we had started at home. 6th June was the date that our two white call ducks hatched at home.

Welcome – Where it all Began

We have two allotment plots in Quarry Bank in the West Midlands. We only officially take them on in April 2007 but have unofficially been working on plot 8 since June. We have laid out beds, erected a shed, a fruit cage and a brassica cage and have inherited a lean to greenhouse from the previous plot holder. We have also bought a small plastic greenhouse and loads of seeds and are both excited at the prospect of growing a variety of vegetables next year. We have some notes dating from June 2006 which I shall add to remind us where we started.