Laura's allotment

by Jane Moore

Bank holiday weekend was a bit of a blur, it went by so quickly. I didn't spend it on my allotment I'm rather sad to say, especially as the weather was so lovely.

Allotment sceneBank holiday weekend was a bit of a blur, it went by so quickly. I didn't spend it on my allotment I'm rather sad to say, especially as the weather was so lovely. But I did get lots of fresh air and exercise, and talked allotments with Laura, an old friend who has a plot in the heart of the city centre.

Like lots of allotmenteers, she lives in a flat with no garden, so her plot is always a riot of colour, with spring plantings of tulips, daffodils and wallflowers, followed by cottage garden favourites like nigella and clarkia. She also grows masses of vegetables and some fruit a short row of Autumn Bliss raspberry canes and a couple of blackcurrant bushes are all she's got room for.

Laura's very much a self-taught gardener. Over the years, she's learned from trial and error, though she keeps The Vegetable Expert handy too! We had a good chat about generalities such as last year's rain and the prospects for this summer, then finally got on to more meaty topics like favourite varieties and Laura's latest experimental vegetable. She likes to try growing something new every year and this year it's cauliflowers. They're coming on really well and starting to form little curds already. The curds should swell and grow over the next couple of months, but they are prone to cracking in the summer sun. "It's easy to protect them though," I told her, "you just cover the curds with their own leaves, fixing them with a clothes peg." Laura was rather taken with this idea. "Brilliant!" she said. "I'll use some colourful pegs and they'll really brighten up the plot and look pretty wacky too."

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Gardeners' World Web User 15/05/2009 at 18:55

i have an allotment and it is my first year ther. ther are four more allotment ther.i am ther most of the year by my self. the rest of them only cume once a week. sume weeks not at all ther is a pollytunel 30ft long. i am the only one to youse it ther is two gardens one is mine, i love gardening but i wish ther was another gardener in northwood kirkby nr liverpool. that reads gardenersworld blogs cume and see the allotmentand see if we can get sume more and get sume more gardeners on it.

Gardeners' World Web User 18/05/2009 at 20:41

i moved into our house 2 years ago now we wont to start a garden but our earth is not very deep about a foot and half then its clay any pointerson what is best to plant as a flowering scrub s ect

Gardeners' World Web User 19/05/2009 at 18:28

how do i grow goseberry's without getting powdery mildew.BUT WITHOUT USING PESTASIDES

Gardeners' World Web User 22/05/2009 at 03:19

Blog hopping today, I it's such a surprise to have stumbled on your relaxing blog about gardening from a floor furnace in Glendale

Gardeners' World Web User 27/05/2009 at 14:02

I have been into growing my own veg for a while and would be most grateful if you can advise me on where to grow certain vegtables in my Polytunnel. I got my Polytunnel from and have the 4.5M version. Does it matter where the Veg is planted and grows at a different pace as the sun goes around the garden and polytunnel different times of the day. I have a South Facing Garden and would appreciate your help. By the way I have the best courgettes at the moment.

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