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There’s times on an allotment which are more visual than anything else. It’s challenging to avoid featuring the highlights and sharing some pictures.
Last year was our first year that bees arrived in the plot. We got our main bee hive at the end of June. And at that point the small plot had been a vegetable and fruit garden in the main.
It’s about 10m by 14m (about 30′ by 42′). In general we squeeze in around thirty vegetable crops and ten fruits.
So we had a big challenge. The bees needed food too. How to keep growing all that produce and find space for flowers for them.
The solution was to use small spaces.
So far we’ve added lavender bushes next to the front fence.
The biggest project was a stroke of luck. A friend was revamping their brick patio. Around 150 unwanted bricks came our way.
We used them to make a flower strip the whole length of the main path through our plot.
Then in September last year, I invested carefully in bulbs for this strip that would flower each month from January to July.
This slightly blurry picture, taken a few months, ago shows the purple crocus coming through.
We’ve created a small bed of flowers in a corner by the cold frame that has hollyhocks, borage and and elderflower in it.
Then we added sunflowers to edges around the garden too.
We’ve got traditional marigolds in amongst the beans and a wildflower patch next to the hive.
We plan to add thyme around the hive as there’s a bee parasite that doesn’t like thyme.
Poppies and pansies are ripe across the whole site and if we can let them grow we do. This is a particularly lovely specimen.
Around the garden the bees are already enjoying the fruit blooms on the apple, pear and plum tree, the strawberries and brambles. I’m looking forward to them accessing the beans and courgette flowers too.
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