My new allotment 43/2 St Louie Portslade!

Starting off..

My name is Julia and I have just been given a half plot on the St Louie allotment. It has been left for a couple of years so the council is going to strim it for me, I have made a small clearing and have actually reached soil so I can now start planting some of the plants I have got in the greenhouse I have borrowed!

I went to a car boot sale last week and picked up some fabulous tools, one of which is a Mattock and is such an amazing tool. I dug 2 raised beds for my mum last night and it took an hour, with a spade it would have taken 4 at least! I will add pictures and more info shortly but it is nice to have a place I can log my updates!

Success in Just 12 weeks

Ok, having got my allotment it was a tad overgrown!

But, about 12 weeks on I have lost 1 stone, I have got Carrots, potatoes, runner beans, beetroots, raspberries, blackcurrants, rubarb, sweet peppers, Kale, Cucumbers, Dwarf beans, radishes, squash, brussel sprouts, marigolds, tomatoes, sweet peas, cauliflowers and courgettes!  I have shifted about 3 tons of weeds, stones and thistles, my mum has been a great help with her amazing unstoppable attitude!

We have already had 2 roast dinners with our home grown food and it is so exciting! I have a lot more to do but really enjoying every minute.

Update October 2010 

Right, have come back from holiday and I need to do some serious work.  Weeds are up 10x more than I thought possible, someone is digging up my garlic, and my Kale looks like doilies! Roofing felt has blown off and shed soggy so that needs to be sorted – lots and lots to do!

Update Feb 2011

Well after spell if dreaded Sciatica my plans for Feb have somewhat been thwarted but my ever willing mum is on the ball and we should be getting stuck in shortly. I have lots to do to really get the borders straight this year and get the framework all set up. I have already planted seeds indoors which I fear was a bit early but hey ho! I can’t wish the days away but I can’t wait till it gets a little lighter and warmer. Happy digging peeps!

Comments about this page

  • Hi Julia AS you can see, i’m on the ball with this website, talking 7 or 8 months to reply, sorry I’m just starting to plan my second season, and have moved into the top corner of the site, plots 52 and 53. Last year saw the addition of my first bee hive so the pollonation rates should be excellent this year + maybe a jar or two of honey around as well My fruit trees are in for 2011 and i have 1 bed in and have overwintered, fingers crossed there I need to move my strawberries and grapes ( did not want to move them ) then perhaps we will get a new neighbour on plot 44N Keep in touch, maybe share a few plants / seedlings this year take it easy

    By Carrot Cruncher (27/01/2011)
  • Hi, yes the bees, I think it’s fabulous. My grandpa used to keep bees and I have fond memories of home made bread and honey – absolutely out of this world! If you are selling some this year I will def get some off you. See you down there some time! 

    By Julia (10/02/2011)

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