Planning to grow


Food that is.

Just in case you thought that title meant that I’m pregnant. Which I’m not. Not right now, at least.

Mike and I have been turning our thoughts to the allotment. Not necessarily how it looks now, which is covered in chickweed with a few bits growing here and there but how we envision it to by the end of summer.

It costs us £25 per year (about $40) to rent this patch of land measuring approximately 100 metres square. Now we need to make the most of it.

Last night was romantic. We sat together once the children were in bed. We listened to the quietness of the kitchen which has been bustling with busy little bodies and different, babbling just an hour before.

I created an Excel spreadsheet and Mike sat with the seed box.  As long as there are bullet points and Excel spreadsheets life is considered good.

Then we wrote a list of things to grow.

Jealous aren’t you?

We know all about romance let me tell you!

To many veg growers our list probably looks boring. We’re not going for fancy. We just want to grow what we eat regularly. There’s no point wasting space so we plan to make the most of it.

Want to see our list?

Oh humour me! Please!

Here come the bullet points!

  • Tomatoes
  • Leeks
  • Onions
  • Aubergines 
  • Cucumbers
  • Gherkins
  • Lettuce
  • Cauliflowers
  • Cabbage
  • Broccoli
  • Onions
  • Spring Onions
  • Radishes
  • Parsnips
  • Carrots
  • Garlic
  • New Potatoes
  • Peppers
  • Rhubarb
  • Courgettes
Plus there is already an apple tree (and a fig tree growing apparently – so we’ve been told).
Erm, I think that is it.
Now I still need to get some seeds and horse poop.  Oh and the ground needs clearing.  And raised beds need to be made.  And supports need to be put up.
And and and…
We’ll get there.  
One day. 
We hope!
Or it’ll be fun(ny) trying!
Care to watch?!

12 thoughts on “Planning to grow

  1. How wonderful! It sounds like you're going have all of the essentials. PERFECT!
    I am a little jealous! We have no land for gardening (too rocky in the mountains). I am trying to convince my husband to get a small greenhouse…we shall see.

    ps i can't wait to see photos of your gardening journey.

  2. Looks good Tania. Though I'd be cautious about growing quite that much first up. Have you got garlic in? Not too late. Don't use the supermarket stuff – it's likely from China and fumigated to stop it sprouting.

    You can eat chickweed. 'Google chickweed pesto'. Very nutritious.

  3. Hey there !
    It is very strange to me that people have to rent space for planting. I live in the US and have nearly an acre of land. I have some fruit trees and have grown my own veggies and herbs for years. Some years I only grow tomoatoes and herbs, others I do the whole lettuce, carrots, shallots and peppers deal— fresh salads all summer long!
    We have to fight off the rabbits, squirrels and deer to get anything. The fruit, especially the peaches and strawberries are gone before I even get to taste them… but there is still something very satisfying about knowing that what you sow you will reap- in a good way.
    Good Luck and watch out for the critters who will want to enjoy the fruits of your labor too!

  4. Stopping by from Quixotic Life to say hi & give you a new follower for the one you lost yesterday! 😉 hehe It's always great to make new friends! Can't wait to read more!

  5. Hiya,

    Fab Blog!
    Im on the waiting list for an allotment and cant wait (apparantly I'm 7th on the list) so hopefully I'll get it this year sometime!
    Look forward to popping by again soon!

  6. doesn't sound boring at all. but that's probably because i'm not a veggie grower. plus. i don't know what a few items on your list even are.

    also. gherkin. i like that word. i'm gonna go ahead and say that all day long. gherkin.

    have fun with your garden! can't wait to see the progress!

  7. Good luck with your garden. This past (southern) spring I planted my first ever vegie garden, and I feel like some sort of sourcerer, making food from nothing! There's something very satisfying for the soul (and purse!) in producing your own food, I love it!

  8. Thanks for stopping by to say hi on my blog today. I love meeting new people and checking out their blogs! Yes, we had a great time in Vermont this past weekend. We, too, are veggie growers and I think your list is AWESOME! I can't wait to see it all grow! :o)

  9. OHH we just LOVE to garden. Once you start, you won't stop. Sounded like a perfect evening to me =)

  10. Thanks for stopping by my blog! What a great idea- my husband and I want to start our own vegetable garden this spring as well. I'll keep checking by your blog for advice;)

  11. "To many veg growers our list probably looks boring. We're not going for fancy. We just want to grow what we eat regularly. There's no point wasting space so we plan to make the most of it."

    I don't even recognise some of the veggie names on your list lol. That goes a little past our diet 😛 Good luck!

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