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Hello lovely gardeners!

We’ve just been given an allotment! We are real beginners so after all the advice we can get!

What are easy things for beginners to grow? Are there things we can grow now?

Leo (6) is keen to get involved and we’d like to give him his own patch! What could he grow?
We also have Ella (18 months) - how can we keep her busy at the allotment?

There is an apple tree on our patch - any advice?

Any and all thoughts and advice much appreciated!

Charlotte xx

Home-Edding, BFing, Co-sleeping, Carrying & Cloth-nappying Gentle Mama to Lovely Leo (Apr 07) and Beautiful Ella (Mar 12)

One of the easiest things to grow is Jerusalem Artichokes. They make great soup and are almost impossible to kill!

Perpetual Spinach is another easy one - beetroot, chard, runner beans… are you thinking of now or later? You could start thinking about leeks and other over winterers.

How exciting! Hope you have lots of fun with it. Is it the sort of allotment where you can keep hens? That would be fun too if you’re allowed smile

Trying to do everything - failing madly!

Being constantly & lovingly educated by daughter Freya, 19 cheese

Thanks for the advice, crystalmummy!

All those things sound lovely! Can we plant any of those now?

Not sure if we can keep hens but I think we’ll first try not to kill the plants before moving onto animals!  wink

The first thing we need to do is make a path - we’re going to do some clearing and preparation tomorrow and pick some apples from the tree! We’ve been told we can have a bonfire on 5th november or 2 days either side so we’re looking forward to that too!

Charlotte x

Home-Edding, BFing, Co-sleeping, Carrying & Cloth-nappying Gentle Mama to Lovely Leo (Apr 07) and Beautiful Ella (Mar 12)

Congratulations smile You could plant overwintering onion sets and garlic soon smile It is our first year too and potatoes, runner beans and squash plants have worked well too (although the squash has taken over a bit now!). Our boys seemed to enjoy watering pretty much everything in the summer and we had a patch for them to make mud pies and dig holes/bury toy dinosaurs lol.

Happy mama to Ed, Max, Tilly and Ben. Still learning every day.

Thanks for the reply, Hodgepodge!

Onion and garlic definitely sounds good. And I’m sure the children would be thrilled with a mud patch! smile

Home-Edding, BFing, Co-sleeping, Carrying & Cloth-nappying Gentle Mama to Lovely Leo (Apr 07) and Beautiful Ella (Mar 12)

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