Sunday, 6 September 2009

Dotty's Lottie

Earlier this year we took over a new allotment - long time readers might remember I had a part share in a plot last year, and when the chance of a new plot of our very own came up in February, we jumped at it. This is what it looked like:


Gulp.

The first three months flew by on a hectic schedule of arranging ploughing (a great luxury, but it was an absolute disaster area), building rabbit fencing, covering designated growing areas with weed suppressing fabric till we can tackle them, making a big compost bin and digging. So much digging.

Finally we were ready to plant more potatoes than we can eat in this lifetime, beans of all varieties, sweetcorn, various berries, butternut squash, pumpkins ...Now it looks more like this:


And my pride and joy? The reason I craved an allotment in the first place? My very own cutting patch - I only planted up one of the planned four beds this year but it is hugely productive right now:


Sarah Raven, eat your heart out.


27 comments:

  1. I can't believe how much progress you've made in so short a time. It took us years to do everything you've done in just a few months!

    And such gorgeous flowers. Sarah Raven would indeed be green with envy!

    K x

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  2. Having a cutting garden is one of my fantasies - your blooms are amazing.

    Well worth all the hard work it has obviously taken!

    (Did I mention my fantasy includes a gardener for all the hard and dull work?)

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  3. Wow! There is commintment. Beautiful flowers Missus.

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  4. Lovely lovely :D

    We aren't allowed to plant flowers (or anything for that matter) in our garden, so I'm currently in talks with the green-fingered-mother about making it look just that bit more gorgeous! (and if it reaches the loveliness of those flowers I shall be pleased)
    x

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  5. A beautiful posy as a reward for your hard work!

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  6. Wow! How wonderful to have a cutting patch! I'm v. envious.

    We are still waiting for an allotment. But we are slowly climbing the list. Wehn we requested to be added to the list we were position number 55, and last I checked we had climbed to number 15. So getting there. I think there is simply too mch demand and not enough polots to go around in London.

    A girl can dream though.

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  7. Hello, you have the most gorgeous site here and I had to leave this comment for you ! Your posts are lovely and you have interesting pictures. It's all perfect so thank you for sharing them all and best wishes....

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  8. Wow all the hard work was` worth it , good for you .

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  9. Oh! You are a proper gardener! I will have to hide whenever I see you.

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  10. Eat your heart out indeed! They are beautiful blooms. YOu've worked wonders on your allotment, fantastic
    Kimx
    Hope this week is a better one for you with the children at school (I still find the silence and empty home hard to come to terms with after years of summer holidays, but it gets easier as the days go by and you slip into a different pattern).

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  11. Oh my goodness, we've been visiting each other's blogs at exactly the same time, spooky!
    Kimx

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  12. Oooh! You clever thing! I plan to do a spot of this next year so need a few tips. Now tell me, what are those very lovely pink somethings growing amongst your larkspur?

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  13. Thanks for visitng my blog today. You have worked hard on your alloment already! I want to grow cut flowers, which ones do you recommend, if they could be slug proof it would help. You have grown some lovely flowers, bright colours. I origisnlly come form just outside Newmarket by the way.
    x

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  14. ooooooooH!!!!!!! I am extremely jealous of your cutting patch!!!!! What have you got in it? Please tell me!! Flowers confuse me xx

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  15. Wow! What a transformation... and what a lot of hard work.

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  16. Stunning! I am so impressed!! And that bouquet is a riot of color - I especially love the calendulas.

    We'll be right over for potato soup. And mashed potatoes. And chips, crisps, pie and anything else you can think of doing with spuds.

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  17. That's fantastic Val! You've done loads! Especially with the flowers! Lucy x

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  18. What a lot of work! Well done you. Your flowers are just gorgeous - worth all that hard work I am sure.

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  19. How splendid from wreck to riches...what a beautiful plot you have now, DottyCookie! Your own cutting patch...what a dream. I dream of such a thing--my own cutting garden and luxury of cut flowers indoors all summer. So very happy your dream came true. Your flowers are GORGEOUS! Well done, you. :o) Happy Days ((HUGS))

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  20. I like that. Dotty's Lottie. And you've used words which will never feature in my vocabularly. Ploughing? I don't even wield a trowel.

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  21. Wow, some back breaking digging must have happened. It looks great now, must be a joy to harvest some potatoes or sweet-corn.

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  22. Those flowers and colours are absolutely fabulous!

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  23. OhMyGosh -- those flowers are beautiful!!! What a lot of work -- and a very well deserved reward -- Great Job!!!

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  24. Of course, I meant to type vocabulary. Must have been so shocked by all the ploughing.

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  25. I think that if I EVER have an allotment. And that is a humongous IF... I'd only want to put flowers.

    Forget vegetables, you can buy them cheaply somewhere else... but flowers? Those babies are expensive!!

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  26. What beautiful flowers - I always intended a flower patch but only got as far as marigolds.... maybe next year. What flowers did you grow?

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