Mar 22nd, 2005
My Tiny Plot is the diary of a vegetable patch in Portland, Oregon. It all started in England in 2005 with a few pots on the patio. I soon moved to an allotment (or community garden) and started growing on a bigger scale. Then when I was pregnant with my first boy I gave up the community patch in favour of my own back garden. In August 2012, we moved from the UK to Portland.
Now my plot is not so tiny and includes a large kitchen garden, greenhouse ornamental garden and future orchard.
Despite the changes in size over the years My Tiny Plot is dedicated to growing great vegetables, healthy fruit and the most beautiful cutting flowers. Eating fresh produce and generally living the good life is my family goal.
I have a few rules about growing vegetables. Here’s my top ten gardening commandments …
1. Plots should look pretty as well as feed your tum
2. Gardening is not an exact science, do what works for you
3. Recycle – it’s just polite
4. Do organic until it becomes a pain
5. Accept that celery is the devil’s food
6. Put a bench in your garden – but know that, alas, you’ll probably be too busy to sit on it
7. Snails, slugs and caterpillars are your friends until they become your enemies
8. When they do mourn their death
9. Buy decent tools
10. Grow some flowers – or the bees won’t come!
Enjoy the site and pop back regularly to see what’s going on down at My Tiny Plot.
A Little Bit About Me
I’m British, 41 years old and mother to two small(ish) children. I live in Portland, Oregon. I spent over 10 years working in magazine publishing. I climbed the ranks from lowly reporter to bossy senior editor at Future Publishing in the UK. I worked mostly on technology titles ranging from trade and business to graphic design, web design and digital photography titles. I left publishing to start a web conference business with my husband. Now he has bigger fish to fry.
Now, I am a full-time mum who also writes about gardening. Aside from My Tiny Plot I write for Horticulture magazine, Grounded Magazine and occasionally other titles. I was certified as a Master Gardener of Oregon in October 2013.
Of course, I love to take photographs too. The camera I use for photography is a Canon EOS 550D with an EF 18-200mm kit lens and 70-300mm Sigma macro lens.