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.
Our plot is currently half covered with carpet, which was put down by the last occupant. But after a little research, it seems that sticking some carpet down is a bit “old skool”. I found this article and wondered if this is the way we should be doing it?
So this guy seems to think that we are on his patch. We found him underneath one of the carpets with a baby one too. Mrs W thinks it’s a slow worm, Mr W thinks it’s a grass snake, the tiddlers think it’s a boa constrictor (natch). So wonderful readers, what do you think?
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.
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.
This is our new allotment. Well, we think there is a plot under there.
It could be worse, right?!