Lavendar, out of shot, is not playing ball

I’ve been watching around the blogosphere and seeing everyone start planning their gardens and I was particularly inspired on reading Thinly Spread. Chris has a ‘Something for the Weekend’ theme every Friday and if you have a weekend ahead with no specific plans, have a look as there are plenty of ideas for all weathers and all tastes. In fact I wanted to include this Monster idea but was late on arriving, nothing new there then eh?

So it was the half term post that caught my eye as it is something I have been meaning to start up for a while, an allotment, but can I do it? Well having read her article which made it sound so easy peasy I thought we’d give it a go. I found some pots in Morrisons which looked fairly easy and in a rush of green fingered courage I popped them in my trolley, confident. My plan is to start small and grow from there (did you like my pun?) Being the back to front person I am I set too, ripping off the plastic and planting my seeds and then I decided to read the instructions on the back of the pot to discover I should have removed some of the soil to later cover my seeds with instead of pushing them into the compost, ‘Oh well’ fingers crossed this time. Our first seeds were tomatoes (I’ve had a few years of tomato growing now so I feel comfortable) Wild flower (and if they take over the garden I shall regret it but I couldn’t resist the pretty colours) and lavendar, I was picturing the purple rolling fields of Provence….

My little helpers

Can you imagine my delight when tiny green tomato shoots started to peek through the soil? Yoohoo! I can feed the family this summer, tomato salads, tomato sauce  and tomatoes, tomatoes, tomatoes. The wild flowers followed thorough quickly enough – they would wouldn’t they? They’re wild! But my lavendar refuses to take. Maybe I overwatered it? Maybe it’s just being temperamental? I’m giving it another week, after that my purple dream will be over for this year at least.

Hugely encouraged by my gardening skills and the hidden talent I so obviously possess that needs unleashing. I took our mini allotment to the next giddy level. We bought a propagator and some seeds from Wilko’s!  Carrots, courgettes, more tomatoes, the big beefy kind, sunflowers, Dwarf runner beans and pumpkins, yes wouldn’t that be creative to grow our own for Halloween?

Planted 2nd March - come on!

The girls were very full on helping although I don’t know how much they understand of the planting and growing process yet. We have also planted 6 sunflowers for the Gravesham’s Growing Greener competition where first prize is £100 to spend in Millbrook Garden Centre should we produce the tallest sunflower by 31st July. Just imagine the allotment we could produce with that! We could probably set up an organic farm shop or act as local suppliers to the national supermarkets, the list is endless!

So please if you have any tips on gaining the ebst sunflower height then do please leave me a comment, we’re very serious about winning here. Oh and if you need tomatoes this summer you know where to call as if they all take we’ll have masses.

Have a good day!

Mari