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How does your garden grow? Part II

Getting Weirder!

So after I wrote about some of the gardens at the allotments, I got more observant and decided there were other neighbours who deserved a mention.

Their ingenuity is outstanding!

Some will be hard to believe.

Now if you were making raised beds you’d use wood. Wooden you? Or slabs maybe?

Ah, now you see you’re doing it wrong you should be considering windscreens! No, not wind breaks as in beach but windscreens as in car!


It’s hard to believe but there they are. Dozens of flat glass panels. They went like that after severe frost a few years ago.

So I think this neighbour is The Glazier.

We have rules at our garden about construction and height. If your plot is directly below the pylons. (What a choice location!) you can’t have a shed or anything over 1.5m as it’s apparently a fire risk. Subterranean man has solved this problem with excavation so his greenhouse is submerged!

(I’m not making this up!)


Allotment holders in The Netherlands are often apartment dwellers, so their allotment is their only outside space. It becomes a garden or haven. Not necessarily for growing food. When Swiss Cottage lady started digging a huge pit we thought she was hiding something.

But no, she wanted a shed! Her main ‘house’ is too good for keeping tools in!

What a neat plot!


In the spirit of preparedness and self sufficiency, allotment gardening is often about catering for the needs of the owner. Food from fruit bushes, vegetables for dinner, herbs for medicine and flowers for decoration. There’s so many uses. Storing wood is another purpose. Now we collect kindling for our fire from the garden but Doomsday Prepper is taking it to a whole new level. Wood you believe it?


I’m often curious about planting too! We’ve got a wide variety of veg on our garden. We grow more than forty varieties of veg in small quantities and about fifteen fruits The Vampire for some reason, has three strawberry patches, while Windy Miller is growing sixty four canes of beans!

Now in the future it’s possible that growing food for ourselves may be less optional and more necessary, if, as predicted, food supplies become more scarce. At our plot we have an open gate policy and we are lucky that the main access is very secure. So we don’t keep anything precious at our plot and the storage has no lock. This works for us.

Meanwhile, The Warden has other ideas. His plot has the most incredible fence and gate this year. I wonder if he’s thinking to the future? He hasn’t had time for any planting yet. I hope he doesn’t put up guard towers higher than 1.5 metres though!

These neighbours are truly ingenious. They are recycling and repurposing all the time. Little is wasted and the variety is impressive. There’s plenty of inspiration! I may even need a Part III


14 comments on “How does your garden grow? Part II

  1. Pingback: How does your Garden grow?: Part II | Green Lizard's Blog

  2. lindaswildlifegarden
    April 25, 2014

    Reblogged this on Linda's wildlife garden and commented:
    Lovely post Liz


  3. Chloris
    April 25, 2014

    I love looking at allotments and seeing people’s ingenuity and inventiveness in recycling. But windscreens? I can’t imagine where he got them from. Who has loads of windscreens lying around? I like the ramshackle, improvised look of allotments. And I love seeing what people are growing. And wondering why. 3 strawberry patches and 64 canes of beans! Couldn’t you ask them why? Or is that against allotment etiquette?


    • lizard100
      April 25, 2014

      They’re flat too so probably a bit vintage. How peculiar!


  4. silverbells2012
    April 25, 2014

    It’s interesting to see what other people do on their plots…. Maybe I should do a similar post on what happens in my neck of the woods. In any case, looks like their is some ingenious repurpising at your allotment.


    • lizard100
      April 25, 2014

      That would be great! That’s what inspired me; I read a similar piece.


      • silverbells2012
        April 26, 2014

        I’m not sure I could though, as some of the plotters know about my blog and it might be taken the wrong way! Guess if I got permission to use photos of interesting greenhouses (made out of plastic bottles) etc it would be okay.


      • lizard100
        April 26, 2014

        I think they’d probably be pleased. It’s a curious thing we do!


      • silverbells2012
        April 26, 2014

        Yes, being promoted would be a form of flattery!


      • lizard100
        April 26, 2014



  5. Rambling Woods
    April 26, 2014

    I need to move near you for sure


    • lizard100
      April 26, 2014

      You’re very welcome! It’s always interesting!


  6. lizard100
    April 26, 2014

    Part of the allure is that you often don’t meet the neighbours. We go to the allotment mainly at weekends but many other plot holders only go during the week. We often go in the afternoons but some only go in the morning. It’s really hard to know.


  7. 8armedstars
    June 11, 2014

    Reblogged this on fylcynm and commented:
    You can bite the hand that feeds or…


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