The new kitchen garden is starting to take shape. It’s not quite finished yet (rain stopped play) but you can see that I’ve managed to put in quite a few Lettuce, a row of Tomatoes, and over on the right some Broccoli, Kale and a small Strawberry bed. There are around nine Sweetcorn plants huddling behind the Lettuce and my Pumpkin is still cowering in the mini-greenhouse until the weather improves. The patch wasn’t too over-grown but I am having some problems with shallow soil and lots and lots of stones to be shifted. Also, there is a shocking problem with slugs – despite the fact that I have two frogs and a toad living in the garden (come on guys, requesting back up!). More updates soon when I tackle the Herb and cutting garden!
It’s the ivy on those walls that’s the problem – a snail penthouse! Difficult one that.
I think the bricks add a nice touch :)
Will you be giving up MTP when you get your kitchen garden established?
Hi Nita, Good question!
Technically mtp is wherever my kitchen garden is so if I did give up my allotment then my garden would become mtp. But at the moment the jury is out on whether I will try to work both plots. It’s a lot of work, I have a full time (ish) job and this is the year we plan to start a family. Too much info probably but you see my point. So, we’ll see. I have until October to decide, since that is when the lease is up for renewal. I’ll keep you posted.
I like the stone pathway as well. Looks good! You could add another set of boards on top of the first to raise it.
Hey, mtp! Transformation is…cool! I like the before/after shots, I’d been thinking about that, good for lots of stuff, also, time passing, but worried that it would add that much more work to keeping on the blog… But maybe, it looks great. Fun!
I had an allotment when I lived in London and I had to drive there, which meant I didn’t go there as much as I should have. Now my veg patch is in my garden I love walking round each morning wearing my pyjamas, checking how everything is growing. Allotments are great if they are really nearby but a veg patch outside your back door is even better.
Slugs have been taking over my garden but I seem to have got the upper hand (don’t speak too soon!) with organic slug pellets, beer traps, vermiculite around plants etc. Oh and karate chopping with a trowel – yuk.
I hate it when rain stops play. Very cute garden. Is this closer to your house? The allotment method seems so romantic, a perfect chance to work with others, see what they are doing and gain from their wisdom. It also seems like a big pain in the ass. I hope this is easier for you.
My allotment is a five minute drive away. Even though it seems near you’re right it’s sometimes a pain to summon the energy to go (gathering tools, putting on suitable footwear, not forgetting the camera!). A kitchen garden sounds so much more…err relaxing.
However, allotments have a lot going for them. You meet other people who are (in most cases) so much more wise than you are when it comes to growing veg.
You have so much space that you can grow whatever you like – even it does look crap for the 2 months of its life.
The soil on an allotment is usually very good, extremely deep and there is little chance of your plot being overshadowed by your neighbour’s tree. This means that your plants have more chance of growing well on an allotment.
I wish my garden were big enough to have a pretty flower garden near the house and a whacking great allotment beyond some bushes – but sadly not.
Spread used ground coffee around – slugs hate it!
Excellent – I recently gave up working on a huge allotment because with full time work, family and dog I just have not been able to make a decent go of it. I was in Austria recently and saw a lot of really small, neat plots – so I am busy converting half of our small garden into a plot. Some good plants will be sacrificed along the way but lettuce must!
I look forward to seeing how you do it and would be curious to know just how big your garden plot is.