Development

We are slowly slowly slowly getting our plot into some sort of shape. We have some beds with plants in, potatoes in their trenches and a green house (freebie from Gumtree) that is withstanding the wind! The kids are thoroughly enjoying being “wild and free” and absolutely love getting stuck in. Now that the weather is getting better, we can spend a lot more time there and really get our teeth into this growing malarkey.

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Seedlings

We have seedlings! With much thanks to Little Wilson 3, we have tons of seeds in situ. We have pumpkins, peas, carrots, spinach, onions, cabbage, parsnips and broccoli. We also have potatoes chitting in the downstairs loo (like you do).

We can’t wait to get them in the ground!!!!!

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Finally Some Sunshine!!

We’ve had birthday parties, weekends away and some awful weather to keep us away from our allotment, but this weekend we FINALLY managed to get down there!

We took up a load of the old carpet that had been left by the previous holder. Cheers for that. While it was great not having to get rid of the grass, it was hard work yanking up tons of sodden and grass riddled carpet. Not to mention the fact that we now have to get rid of it somehow.

We’ve managed to pop in a path or two and turn over some of the “beds”.

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Excuse the photo bomber!

Challenge One – Shelter

The weather has been horrific lately, which means we haven’t been able to work on the allotment as much as we would have liked (what a shocker in winter). But it did get us to thinking that our main priority is going to have to have to be shelter not just to keep the tools safe but to also keep the kiddos safe when we are doing “grown up” jobs.

So here is a list of things we need from our shelter.

  • Must be dry
  • Needs to be secure
  • Must have seating
  • Must double up as growing space (maybe climbers on the outer walls)
  • Must must MUST have a camping stove
  • Must be big enough to fit 6 people

Obviously it would be great if it looked super awesome and we were the envy of the allotment………………………but that isn’t looking likely.

Here are a few Shedspirations to keep us going while we plan our little shelter.

The Grow & Store ~ think I could talk Stevo into converting the small shed? *crosses fingers*:

Shed/Greenhouse – The Grow Store from Gabriel Ash

How To Build A Plastic Bottle Greenhouse - http://www.interiordesignwiki.com/architecture/how-to-build-a-plastic-bottle-greenhouse/:

How To Build A Plastic Bottle Greenhouse

21 DIY Greenhouses with Great Tutorials - A Piece of Rainbow:

21 Amazing DIY Greenhouses with Great Tutorials

The Essential Guide To Back Garden Self Sufficiency – Review

Because all of this growing malarkey is pretty new for us (give or take a few whopper runner bean plants and the odd potato haul), we thought we should start doing some background research. Although Mrs W has a serious addiction to Pinterest, nothing beats grabbing a book and heading to the lottie for an hour or twos peace and quiet.

The first book we picked up was The Essential Guide To Back Garden Self Sufficiency. This. Book. Is. Awesome! Not only does it give you plans depending on how big your plot is, but also gives you ideas if you are short of time, how to manage livestock and even has a flowers and herbs section. I get the feeling we will be picking up a second hand copy of this book to keep for ourselves.

Let’s Get Started!

With our mess of a patch, it is going to be a while before we find the ground. However, if we want to be able to get anything growing this year, we are going to need to get cracking! This weekend we headed down to get some strimming done. The grass is taller than 2 of the kids, so even the heavy duty petrol strimmer didn’t make light work of it. Thankfully we  did find that about half of the plot is covered with carpet, so that’s going to make the task a little easier.

Mr W has offered to strim the neighbouring plots too, so that will be our mission for this weekend………………and maybe a few more weekends after that.

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Welcome To The Wild Wilsons

Hello and Welcome to our Blog.

This is new for me (Matt first time blogger) not so new for the Mrs (sleepingontheschoolrun.co.uk hardened blogger)

We are starting this blog to tell our story and because I was super excited about getting our new allotment (well not so new). We have our work cut out.

I hope you enjoy reading this blog and following us on our journey.

 

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This is our new allotment. Well, we think there is a plot under there.

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It could be worse, right?!