Saturday, June 7

Plot Tour

In the past it used to be that Martyn took the videos and I took the photos but gradually Martyn insinuated himself into the role of joint photographer and so I have decided it was time for me to reciprocate and make some videos.

I thought that I would start by giving you a taster of what our plot looks like. As it turns out the taster has become a five course meal. My actual video last just over seven and a half minutes and so if this is too long for you just skip on by.

Firstly I thought that it would be a good idea to show a basic plan of the layout of our patch.
This area is made up of five individual plots. When we took the plots no-one wanted an allotment and each plot was over head high in weeds. (I am planning a post showing how we developed one of the plots). After a period of plots being in demand we now seem to have plots waiting for someone to take them on. Fortunately for us two adjoining empty plots are now being gardened but a third is gradually being swallowed up by weeds.

Now is the time to leave unless you happen to have seven and a half minutes to spare and the inclination to pay our plot a visit. The video opens at the red cross on the plan above. Some of the beds that were empty when the video was taken have been subjected to a frenzy of planting and are now full.

I'll try to make the next video shorter.

30 comments:

  1. Sue, I must confess that I'm a big fan of your allotment :) Your posts and photos are for me not only educational but also very inspiring. I'd like my vegetable garden to be like yours.

    You're a great gardener Sue! Thanks for sharing your knowledge and experience!

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    1. Thank you Dewberry - what a lovely thing to say!

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  2. What a nice plan of your allotment. It will be easier to follow your posts with it. What program did you use to make it?

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    1. A bit complicated this one Alain. We use Grow veg See this page on my website to plan the plot.

      This produces a larger plan and has all the details of what is sown where and too big for the blog. If I resized it you wouldn't be able to read anything.

      To get the above plan I traced the Grow Veg plan using Word. I resized it. Then I took a screen grab and pasted it into a art package to crop it and change it to an image file format, Bet you wish you hadn't asked mow.

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  3. Oh my gosh that place is huge. I couldn't imagine taking care of something that large. Just edging all those beds must take a lot of time.

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    1. Each time we cut the grass, Daphne I edge a few beds with the edging shear and Martyn does the rest with the strimmer. The shearing tidies the edges and the strimming keeps it that way.

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  4. Goodness me seeing it in real life does give you a sense of scale, its huge!

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    1. I just wish the garden was that big, Jo. An rented plot is a lot more limiting.

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  5. We find it difficult to stay on top of a plot which is less than full size, you both obviously put a lot of work in to your plots, they're all so well kept. A hard job, no doubt, but you must get a lot of pleasure being there.

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    1. We do, Jo and the weed control fabric has helped enornously.

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  6. Very impressive Sue, not least how neat it all is!

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    1. I did take the video just after the grass was cut, Jessica.

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  7. Wow your plot is huge... but looks great! A tranquil place with the birds singing... well until the strimmer started.. :o)

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    1. I confess that was Martyn using our strimmer, Julie.

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  8. Superb as usual Sue. Good idea to place the plan before the vid too.

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    1. Glad that you enjoyed it Rooko

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  9. The video is great (and not too long-I could look at allotments all day). Thanks for sharing it

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    1. I'll do some mre detailed bits later, Lisa

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  10. It's all lovely Sue, and looking so very well tended. I have a clearer idea of the shape of your plots now. The area by your shed and greenhouse is so pretty, as are the trees. The whole site looks really nice. Can you drive alongside your plot? Really handy if you can. I have to haul things up and down a long slope to mine. Well, it's not hugely long, but if you're staggering back up with a heavily laden trug it can seem pretty long. I really enjoyed this tour, lovely to hear the birdsong too. Do you strim the edges of your beds? I have grass edges and they are never under control. Enjoy the rest of the weekend Sue.

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    1. Yes we have a little road that loops al around the site, CJ
      See this page on my website We have a pull-in on our plot
      Martyn strims the edges (he uses the battery strimmer that has a swivel head) but I so a few edges with the edging shears at each cut to keep the edges tidy. Also we make sure that the soil is kept back from the grass edge leaving a little short of trench.

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  11. Oh...I just loved this! I would be happy to see a much longer video! So much space to plant, how lucky are you!xxx

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    1. Your gardne looks much bigger than ours though, Snowbird.

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  12. Watched it all! I couldn't take my eyes off it. You have a very beautiful plot.

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    1. I'm glad that you enjoyed the tour Rachel.

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  13. I am always amazed at how you both look after such a big area! The video is very good and I like you 5 course design drawing! Well done.

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  14. You both are really good with gardeing! Very good arrangement.

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  15. Thanks for showing us both the plan and the video, I knew your allotment was big, but now I know it's HUGE!

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    1. Maybe because we extended it gradually is why it doesn't seem huge to us, Helene

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