Shed Happy!

I am getting a new shed for my allotment for my birthday and am surprised at how much I am looking forward to it!

I happened to mention this to my husband and also how it may need little curtains and a touch of bunting.  The song currently being sung by my ‘hilarious’ family is this  - POSH.  Hubby is threatening to put a chimney on my shed too! Did you see this film as a child as well – what was your favourite song? This one is very catchy!


Grow your own fruit for bargain prices.

Having recently taken on an allotment, we are trying to set it up for as little money as possible.  That challenge is working out quite well so far, but today I found a fantastic bargain (at least I think it is) so I thought it only fair to share.

This week only Aldi are selling fruit plants for £1.99 each. I got there first thing expecting tiny little plants which would take ages to get going, but was very surprised to see what was on offer and would highly recommend.

As you can see from my quick photo I went a little mad, but I can’t resist a bargain.  For just under £28 I got 2 x blackberry, 2 x kiwi, 2 x goji berry, 2 x loganberry, 2 x fig, 1 x tayberry, 1 x gooseberry, 1 x red grape and 1 x white grape!!!!

If you are a gardener/allotmenteer get down there quick!


Sowing Time

We have been very busy now that the weather has improved and started the preparations for our little vegetable garden.  We do not have a great big allotment type plot (did, but that is a whole other story!), more of a collection of pots and containers on the patio, but hopefully we will still be able to harvest some crops eventually.

We have started the ball rolling with 4 types of tomatoes, 2 types of peppers, 5 types of chillies, runner beans and sweet peas.  We already have strawberries, as they managed to resurrect themselves despite the horrible winter that they weathered.  In a week or two we will sow some courgettes (although only 2 plants this year as we had a courgette mountain last year from 4 plants), aubergines, spinach and lots of different salad leaves.

The kids really enjoyed getting mucky and helping to sow all of the seeds.  We even had enough toilet roll tubes for the runner beans despite the binoculars incident (see previous post)!

Just have to keep fingers and toes crossed now that some veggies grow or the kids gardening enthusiasm will not last very long!

What are you growing this year?  Are there any vegetables that you would recommend we try?

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