Our beautiful allotment in full bloom…

It’s been a labour of love for the last 3 years, but oh so worth it. This little patch of land has given us so much – amazing fruit and veg, open space, relaxation, exercise and connection to the soil. People ask how I manage it all on top of running a mosaic business, art making and motherhood. The answer is that it ticks so many boxes for me that I simply cannot not do it. And there is nothing like seeing your kids all grubby from a day building dens, making leaf potions and having water fights…

I grow almost all my veg from seed. Its been tricky as the weather doesn’t really get consistently warm til June and we don’t have a garden large enough for a proper greenhouse. So, instead, I  made a greenhouse with old patio doors – its small, neat and fits perfectly in the sunniest spot in our back garden so I can look after those little babies as they grow and also use it for chilli’s, aubergines and cucumbers!

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Last night I was at the allotment til 9:30pm, planting, weeding, watching the sun go down. This surprise friend turned up with a mate so I took them to our pond (complete with lily pads!). Then I took my camera out…

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Raspberry’s ripening

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…and goosberries

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Rhubarb…

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Leeks (and weeds!)

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Children’s dens (and customised compost heap!)

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Isabella’s love graffiti!

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The leaves taste amazing as well as the roots…

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Our new brassica cage (to stop those pesky pigeons)

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Cabbages, kale, broccoli and brussel sprout babies growing in their new home

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Sweetcorn and squashes

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Allotment neighbour (and friend) Tania’s beautiful cornflowers

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Wild poppies are everywhere

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Baby grapes on one of our 6 vines

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The new pergola built by Neil and Michela – soon it will be covered in grapes!

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The other den…

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Onions and garlic nearly ready…

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After 2 years of patient waiting, we are eating our asparagus!

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Potatoes

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Carrots

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Loads of artichokes (my favourite)

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  1. Jules says:

    That is one impressive allotment!! 🙂 Well done! Nice photos too.

    xxx

  2. Wow – I love your newsletter and blogs Concetta. Natural with words.. Your kite concept is wonderful. Plus your allotment – impressed with your time management to fit all this in!!
    Jewels x

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