Summer days in UKWhen we first took on an allotment, it was more of his project than mine. I could never keep anything alive let alone allotment gardening. But somehow over time, I find myself spend more and more time in the allotment. I pored over books that I bought or borrowed from the library. The library is so well stocked with all sorts for allotment gardening. This was my holy grail book during my first year of allotment gardening.

It became my way to overcome stress either in work or just in general. Which is really funny because I used to laugh off gardening as an old-person hobby. Jokes on me I guess 😉

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I tried to be more efficient this year and to start sowing by late March. I did a mistake of sowing the courgettes too early this year and they ended growing too quickly before  I could transplant them out to the plot. The courgette leaves got too heavy and snapped easily. There’s still loads for us to learn for allotment gardening.

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One of the best thing about summer is eating fresh strawberries and it is also the first fruit we grew when we took on allotment gardening. Our strawberries patch went wild this year. We had so much harvest and it was practically strawberries for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Next year though I shall learn to make jam.

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Our plot at the start of summer. This is our third year in allotment gardening and it’s still learning progress. A lot of trial and error and patience is key. Our plot neighbour, Frances is a gem and is always kind to impart her gardening wisdom to us. We also found out we didn’t like the usual runner beans with red flowers but instead the white flowering Stardust breed are our favourites.

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Baby corns was a first for us this year. It was surprisingly easy to grow and I learned that they didn’t need to be placed so far apart as the instructions states.

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I am always buying cut flowers for our home so I told myself to plant more this year. More wildflowers for the bees as well.

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Our dahlia were grown from tubers which I bought from Wilkos. Am very pleased with these and will definitely get them for next year.

We had a fairly good year of harvest despite getting a few marrows from our courgette plant. That’s what happened when you get too busy at work. Just tidied the plot and it is ready for winter.

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