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A tale of two photos.

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We took this picture in early April. It’s our allotment.

The path to the right is the main drag from the gate to the back of the plot. Next to the path there is greenery; a strip lined with bricks that I planted with bulbs for the bees back in September.

There’s two big wooden posts. These form the base of the now colloquially named ‘trampoline’ which will hopefully be clambered up shortly with a variety of climbing things.

Just visible on the right of the path are the asparagus patch and blueberry corner.

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I’m really pleased to share photo number two. In true before and after reveal traditions, It’s barely recogniseable. Don’t you think?

The foreground of the path now has a new architectural feature; a donated arch arrangement that a colleague wanted shot of.

Then there’s the deep cement bucket under the arch that is filled with achocha; a lovely climber that produces green fruits that apparently taste like cucumber and grow more happily apparently.

The potatoes on the left are looking leafy, and the raspberries behind them nestling next to the rhubarb are getting taller by the hour.

The strawberries are there against the fence too.
The courgettes have already delivered some produce and the corn and beans are coming along nicely.

It’s awesome what a couple of months can do in allotment days!

Today we made our first allotment meal. Courgettes, and new potatoes with haloumi cheese. And we had crab apple and chilli jelly with it. Made last year!

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41 comments on “A tale of two photos.

  1. Sophie Cussen
    June 9, 2014

    That is one hell of an allotment. Looks incredible. You should be so proud, it really is impressive. How much space wise is it? It looks massive.

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    • lizard100
      June 9, 2014

      Fanks. Really amazed myself. It’s 10m by 14m we grow about 40 veg, 12 fruits, plus herbs and flowers.

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      • Sophie Cussen
        June 9, 2014

        Not sure what that measurement is compared to a UK allotment but 140 sq meters is a great size.

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      • lizard100
        June 9, 2014

        I never understood rods, poles etc. I think it’s a similar size to UK ones. My sister in law has a half plot that is compatible to half mine ish.

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  2. The Crazy Crone
    June 9, 2014

    Great job, well done. Aren’t allotments a brilliant idea? I remember going to my friend’s father’s allotment when I was a kid, great fun.

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    • lizard100
      June 9, 2014

      It’s brilliant. I really love it and the weather has been kind. Our first allotment meal will be on the table tonight.

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  3. lindaswildlifegarden
    June 9, 2014

    Reblogged this on Linda's wildlife garden and commented:
    Many thank a for sharing have blessed day

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  4. andy1076
    June 9, 2014

    That’s quite the garden! so well kept too, nice 🙂

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  5. Chloris
    June 9, 2014

    Your allotment looks really good. It does you great credit. All that hard work! I am impressed that you have courgettes already. And lots of good things to come.

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  6. Expat Eye
    June 9, 2014

    Wow, so much progress! It looks great! I was in a garden on Saturday – with actual vegetables growing in the ground. Who knew 😉

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    • lizard100
      June 9, 2014

      It’s very strange. Some of this stuff came from a seed the size of a dot!

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      • Expat Eye
        June 9, 2014

        Must be wonderful to see the results!

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      • lizard100
        June 9, 2014

        It’s just weird. Every year. It’s bonkers weird. How can it go from zero to all that stuff in two months basically!

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      • Expat Eye
        June 9, 2014

        The wonders of nature, eh? 😉

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      • lizard100
        June 9, 2014

        Or maybe we just stole a load of real plants and stuffed them in the ground. Hard to say!

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      • Expat Eye
        June 9, 2014

        Ha ha! That sounds more like something I’d do 😉

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      • lizard100
        June 9, 2014

        Sure it could work!

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  7. selmazebra
    June 9, 2014

    Your plot looks lovely, a wonderful transformation!

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  8. Rambling Woods
    June 9, 2014

    I love it when mud becomes something yummy to eat…. Magic

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    • lizard100
      June 9, 2014

      It is. Potatoes get me every time. Hiding in the earth.

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  9. mylatinnotebook
    June 10, 2014

    You are what is known as a ‘proper gardener.’ Now it’s my turn to be jealous!

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  10. greenandthrifty
    June 10, 2014

    Yay! Congratultions! It’s lovely and I would be totally obsessed with it and probably sleep under that arch if I were you. This is my first year with a good garden and I am supremely pleased with myself, I can inly imagine how you must feel with all that wonderfulness. Just…wow.

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    • lizard100
      June 10, 2014

      Thank you! After eight years, this is looking like our best effort so far. But every years has been different and interesting!

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  11. litadoolan
    June 10, 2014

    Hearty cheers to you both! What a huge achievement. You must be feeling thrilled. It’s been such a joy to follow your progress too.

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    • lizard100
      June 10, 2014

      Thanks so much. Yes very proud. We’ve had a meal of courgettes and potatoes. The peas are starting to swell and the blueberries to ripen….

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      • litadoolan
        June 10, 2014

        My blueberries too! I just saw them today and they are ’80 percent blue and 20 percent green. I was a bit naughty and ate one anyway. Let’s just say they will nicer in a week or too!!! 😉

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      • lizard100
        June 10, 2014

        I’ve eaten two. Just fighting the temptation.

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      • litadoolan
        June 10, 2014

        I know!!! They look so good 😉

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      • lizard100
        June 10, 2014

        But it’s also with waiting darn!

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      • litadoolan
        June 10, 2014

        Yep. I know. I keep telling myself!!!!!

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  12. 8armedstars
    June 10, 2014

    Reblogged this on fylcynm and commented:
    provide, progress, evolve

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  13. Joanna Dobson
    June 12, 2014

    Your allotment makes me jealous! But I will try to be inspired instead! We haven’t had ours long and it is mostly weeds …

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    • lizard100
      June 12, 2014

      It does come together with positive steps along the way. Yours will too.

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  14. courseofmirrors
    June 14, 2014

    My admiration.
    It’s some time ago I was that productive, when I son was little, in Somerset. I used to create hill-beds, layers of twigs and earth, growing crops in circles that protected each other. Another bonus was – no weeding.
    The first picture reminded me of a friend, Dick Kitto, who wrote a book on composting for which I provided photos: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Composting-The-Organic-Natural-Way/dp/072251588X
    He used old carpets, punching holes in them for the seedlings – no weeding or drying out of soil 🙂

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    • lizard100
      June 14, 2014

      We did carpets for a while but they are usually not recommended now as they are often full of non organic components that pollute the soil. Thanks for reading. We did make a hill bed this year for our courgettes in the middle right of the picture.

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