Having been on the waiting list for a local allotment for two years, Matt and I were very excited when a plot became available last November. We’ve just had our first ‘season’ of growing and have been pretty successful, I think! Not being particularly green fingered it has opened my eyes up to how straight forward it is to grow your own vegetables. When we first began I had no idea where to start and over complicated the whole idea of gardening in my head! So with some help from the parents-in-law (Thanks Marie and Stuart!) and a great book from my Mum and Dad, The low maintenance garden, we kicked off our veggie patch!
Our carrots and parsnips didn’t work out, but our successes were radish, lettuce, runner beans, sugar snap peas, broad beans, potatoes, onions and leeks. It has been so rewarding to see the vegetables we planted growing and even more rewarding to pick and cook with it all! We also put a bench and a table on our plot and had the idea of spending warm summer evenings chilling out with a beer and admiring our hard work, but it has been such a wet summer that we didn’t really get the chance. I thought it would be nice to have a shabby chic corner with candles and paper lanterns….maybe next year! For now we are enjoying cooking with our onions and leeks, which is pretty much the final produce of the year….bring on the next one!