Grow your Own 2013

Grow your Own Veggies... I Grew These!

Grow your Own Veggies… I Grew These in 2012

Its always good to refresh the soul with Nature and Fresh air.. Under these pages of Grow your own you will see the progress of Growing Vegetables in our Allotment gardens in the UK. over 2013. 

For those of you who have just started to follow Dreamwalker’s Sanctuary you will find more on the page Grow Your Own 2012 of last years planting in our allotments.Which you can find below this page link. 

Here are the photos of how it looks today February 14th 2013. 

Below is the view as we walk down through our allotment gardens. 

Our local Allotments

Our Plot

Above is our plot, ready to winter Dig.. the pile of Manure you can see ready to be spread.

Allotment muck spreading

There are around 54 barrow loads been deposited on top of the ground you can see here, they will be left to soak in a while, before being dug in.

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April 15th-2013

Spring here in the UK has been a long while in coming. I think its been the longest 7 months I can remember, as last years wash-out Summer spilled into a wet cool Autumn, which ended with the coldest winter in over 50 years. Spring seemed to never want to spring as we had yet more deep snow, and even now the buds are only just showing us their green tips as they sleepily awake from their cold winters slumber. The chill is still in the air.

Onions and Shallots. White and Red.So today I went with Hubby to take a few photos..  as even I managed to get down and plant a few onion sets last week which were watered today as we have had strong winds which are drying out the earth this week.

In the front are 6 rows of Potatoes, there are 4 more rows to put in.The Potatoes are in, We have earliest and the main crop. We are putting 10 rows in this year.. Potatoes here have risen in price due to manyfarmers fields being flooded and waterlogged..The potatoes are lying in the ground unable to be harvested as the machinery cannot get through the water-logged fields so they lay rotting.

The Bean poles are in, but the Beans are not set yet,Seeds being Chitted too early and cold. But we will start them off in the green house.. Like we are doing the sweet corn. which is already sprouting.

In front of the Beans Poles we set the Parsnips these were started off  by germinating on our window sills on damp kitchen paper, the term is called chitting They are soaked and kept damp and warm to encourage sprouting. Before being planted in the ground.. We did this with our Beetroot too and they are just showing above the ground new growth.

Rhubarb coming through and we transplanted the Raspberry canes

On the left is the Rhubarb coming through and those rows of sticks you see on the Right are the Raspberry canes which my hubby thinned out this year and transplanted. Our Raspberries rotted in the rain last year as did our Strawberries. The little bush to the bottom right is a Gooseberry bush. 

So this year I took all the newTop raised bed-Strawberries middle is Luttuce -bottom Spring Onions and raddish shoots off the old Strawberry plants and replanted in a raised bed freshly prepared with good compost and manure at the base. We created 3 raised beds seen here.  the others will have Salad foods grown in them such as spring onions, lettuce, and herbs.

Transplanted Strawberries

The weather has been so cold, that most of our plants have been started off on window sills in our home, then they have been transferred to the cold frame in the allotments.. Below you can see the brassica selections of Various Cabbages, January Kings, SavoyKale etc just starting to sprout nicely.

In the cold frame, Cabbages Various and Kale

So, We have made a start, All the hard work goes to my husband who has been putting 2 hours in the allotments each day preparing and digging in the manure and clearing it ready for planting..

We have also put into pots the Tubas of the Begonias  which have been over wintered in dry compost in the side shed of our home. These are going in the baskets and pots around our home. 

I hoped you enjoyed your own garden and if you don’t have much of a garden you can always start growing various things in pots which look good on Patio’s and Balconies.  Such as Strawberries and Tomatoes in hanging baskets..

Enjoy your Garden and outdoors…and I am happy to once again be able to Grow my own in the outdoors as the weather is improving..

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17 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. andrewmstevenson
    Mar 06, 2013 @ 18:45:35

    We, I, rather, divided our plot into raised beds, but of course, each to their own.Our allotment site is owned by the town council, and the allotment community runs without any real say.We have campaigned for more sites, but proper usage,for me, remains a problem.The council is too slack; raising hell, even politely, leads to I’ll feeling.That is why I appealed for ideas. My appolologies for taking your time to reply.
    Andrew.

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    • Sue Dreamwalker
      Mar 06, 2013 @ 18:55:32

      No problem, and no need to apologise.. We are using some raised beds this year also, once we have re-dug the muck in.. We had good success with our Carrots done this way last year, you can see on 2012 under the header of this 2013 page..
      The allotment site was left for allotment holders via the Duke of Portland.. The Council supervise it and rake in the rent.. And a few years ago they wanted to close it for building land but protests and the fact of it being left for that specific purpose went against them. We still get problems and even though the land is fenced and gated with lock sheds are broken into and garden produce stolen… Which after your hard work an make you weep.
      I wish you luck in getting responsible allotment holders to maintain their plots..
      Sue

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  2. andrewmstevenson
    Mar 07, 2013 @ 10:07:35

    Thank you Sue. I can be, still, overly sensitive. I pray I may be able to help our allotmenteers ‘get it together’. I love what you’ve done on yours!
    My love, Andrew.

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  3. Mia - Lights of Clarity -
    Mar 15, 2013 @ 17:06:16

    Love this, Sue! We grow our own veggies and chiles in our humble backyard, but we love every minute of it and teach our son to appreciate this.

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  4. Agatheb2k
    Jul 08, 2013 @ 22:04:02

    Magnifique, la terre semble très belle 😆

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    • Sue Dreamwalker
      Jul 18, 2013 @ 10:56:58

      Encore une fois merci. Nous sommes très occupés en ce moment mais récoltons aujourd’hui les fruits avec nos cultures pour manger et pour conserver et à congeler 🙂
      C’est tellement agréable de vous et merci beaucoup pour votre visite et de l’intérêt répondre ..

      Je serai là pour rembourser votre visite quand j’ai prochain plus de temps ..
      bénédictions
      Sue 🙂

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  5. WordsFallFromMyEyes
    Jul 12, 2013 @ 12:58:26

    You’re just wonderful, Sue, you really are.

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    • Sue Dreamwalker
      Jul 18, 2013 @ 11:16:01

      No far from wonderful… Just practical… I don’t like eating veggies which have been sprayed with chemicals or grown in saturated soil dowsed in fertilizers which are chemical based… I compromise with Cow Manure, but that too will have traces of the drugs given them in it somewhere as it leaves in their waste .. We are all of us eating more and more toxic foods with additives etc.. Growing my own food is something that has been in both my hubbies family and mine for several generations and I remember well trotting along with my granddad to his allotment and along with my Dad… Its hard work but well worth the rewards.. .. Much love sent you you Noeleen.. xxx

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  6. quarksire
    Aug 04, 2014 @ 19:43:16

    ……..thanQ fer being so inspirational 2 da werld… even across da seas 🙂

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  7. giselzitrone
    Oct 09, 2014 @ 11:53:06

    So viel Arbeit der Garten aber schön Gruß..

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    • Sue Dreamwalker
      Oct 09, 2014 @ 14:35:41

      Liebe Gislinde .. ich danke Ihnen für die Zeit nehmen, um meinen Garten in der Gemüsegarten, unsere Kleingärten zu suchen. 🙂 Ja viel Arbeit aber es lohnt sich, wenn wir essen das Gemüse:-)

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  8. Robyn cabral
    Jul 05, 2016 @ 13:27:42

    Wow Sue really seeing your work here How awesome is all this!

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