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We have got an allotment! :)

on 19/01/2015

Yeahh! My husband & I got an allotment! Yes, yes! It is situated at the outskirts of Mechelen, into the full countryside! πŸ™‚ It is nearby where we live. Our beloved friends are in the same allotment. We got the plot since November the 1st 2014. It is a really good size, about 110-120 square meters. We have sun early in the morning, in the afternoon & at the west-side too.Β We have clay-loam ground. On the left-side of our plot, there is a water-well. Great, right?


There is a beehive at the end of our plot, on the left! πŸ™‚ Great for future blossoms, veggies to be, plants & flowers!

Like you see above, it was hugely overgrown with weeds & can you see what type of plant,…?

Me being so happy! πŸ™‚

Yes, you were right,…Edible flowers that are such a pest! And these are Nasturtiums! I know, you can love or hate them,…You even can make soup out of the flowers, leaves & stalks or a special pesto!


After weeding, cutting out these edible flowers, other stuff & after a whole lot of hard work, we came to this:


We worked hard & placed down fresh horse manure for later use. Later in the year, at this large left part, we will grow a yellow & a green courgette plant. Β We also will grow 2 types of pumpkins there,…Yes, like you see, there is a beehive on the left.

We put a fence up for our pruned yellow raspberries! Great, hey?


Prepraring the weeded areas for Winter!

Preparing the weeded areas for Winter!

Here on the right, is a hedge of exciting bushes of redcurrant, specific ” Jonkheer van Tets! ”

The surroundings!

The surroundings!

Lovely, hey?

Lovely, hey?

And finally, we have got this lovely view right opposite from our allotment! Cool, hey?


So, this is the end, my lonely friend, the end,…:)

So, further along in the year, I will give you many updates from what is growing, failing & succeeding of course too! πŸ™‚ xxx

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83 responses to “We have got an allotment! :)

  1. dhbg says:

    Gorgeous! Congrats!!!

  2. julia theunis says:

    Dear Sophie. I didn’t know what ‘allotment’ means, but now I wish you a lot of pleasure with gardening and seeing growing vegetables, plants and herbes. Success !

  3. Dina says:

    Juchu, hurra!!!! We’re very happy for you!! Congratulations, dear Sophie. Have fun, happy allotmenting!
    Dina, Klausbernd, Siri & Selma xxxx oooo

  4. Mitzie Mee says:

    Congratulations! That’s awesome! Such a great opportunity to grow your own food, which will be guaranteed organic and locally produced:)

  5. How fabulous!! So exciting!! I look forward to seeing what you grow xx

  6. Francesca says:

    Congratulations!!! πŸ˜‹

  7. Angie@Angie's Recipes says:

    Congratulations, Sophie!

  8. How exciting! Can’t wait to see what you grow! πŸ™‚

  9. lucylox says:

    Lucky girl πŸ™‚

  10. jefboven says:

    We wish you

  11. jefboven says:

    Wewish you and Peter

  12. jefboven says:

    … lot of succes! Clumsy d

  13. Jim Brennan says:

    Way cool, Sophia. I can feel your excitement. I’m so happy for you and your hubby. Good luck, and I know I’ll be hearing more about it.

  14. Waaaw, klinkt echt zalig en ziet er geweldig uit! Hoe leuk (ben zelfs een beetje jaloers ☺) Ik hoop ooit ook zo’n prachtige groentetuin te hebben! Veel plezier ermee en geniet ervan!

  15. hotlyspiced says:

    Congratulations. I had never heard of an ‘allotment’. It’s not something that happens in Oz. I think the scenery around your allotment is gorgeous. Looking forward to future tours and seeing what’s growing xx

  16. April @ Simplify Your Health says:

    How wonderful πŸ™‚ xx

  17. lou says:

    Hoi Sophie,
    Congratulations! You have already done a lot of work. I wish you and Peter a great success and for the future a lot of inspirations for seeding and planting all kinds of vegetables.

  18. Eva Taylor says:

    Wow, that is very cool Sophie, I’m looking forward to seeing all the wobderful things you will grow. You did an amazing job cleaning it all up, it must have been so gratifying. Do you rent it? In Toronto we have goverment allotments usually under electric wires and there are quite afew in our park (High Park) that people rent. They make little sitting gardens in the middle of their vegetable gardens, it looks so inviting. As I recall, you have a very sweet back yard too. Do you get much snow and cold?

    • Sophie33 says:

      Me too! Yes, we hire it. It is not at all expensive. It is not from the government. It is by someone local. We got 2 months for free!

      It if difficult to find many allotments here. There is always a long waiting list. We were on the list too.
      We also are going to buy a wooden bench to sit between our produce & flowers! xx
      For April, for my birthday, I get a lovely plastic conservatory! yeah! x

      • Sophie33 says:

        We didn’t get too much snow this Winter. It all begin 3 days after Christmas & then we got so much rain! Now, since yesterday, it is snowing again but it is melting! πŸ™‚ xxx

  19. coconutcraze says:

    This looks awesome! Have fun!

  20. andy says:

    Congrats Sophie πŸ™‚ Cheers !!

  21. Katarina says:

    Wow, this is great! Congrats!!

  22. shenANNAgans says:

    That is freakin awesome! Love it. πŸ™‚

  23. Have fun growing your own produce Sophie πŸ™‚

    • Sophie33 says:

      Yes, yes, up til now, we grew everything in larger containers! We will still be growing our chili pepper plant in a bigger container into our walled garden because it works really well! xx

  24. Liz says:

    wow–congratulations! This is so perfect for you πŸ™‚

  25. Sue says:

    how awesomely exciting!!!!!!

  26. How exciting! You’ll be able to grow all sorts of crops here now. I look forward to seeing your new garden develop.

  27. Sean & Linda says:

    This is great exciting news, dear Sophie! I know this is what you & Peter wanted for a very long time! xxx
    Have fun there! x

  28. Divalicious says:

    How fantastic! Looks so peaceful too!

  29. How wonderful, Sophie! It looks lovely and I can’t wait to see what you do with your little slice of gardening paradise. You’ve done so much work on it!

  30. Congratulations Sophie what a gorgeous plot of land. Happy farming!!!

  31. Tammy says:

    YEAH! I am so happy for you. Enjoy!!

  32. Juliana says:

    Wow Sophie, this is so much fun…I love edible flowers…I look forward to see what you will be growing…
    Have a wonderful week πŸ™‚

  33. So exciting Sophie!!! You’re a farmer! It looks like a beautiful place to spend your time as well as all the beautiful produce ahead!! So glad for you! (We have nasturtiums in the yard and I’m in the “love ’em” camp!)

    • Sophie33 says:

      hahahahahahahahahaha! πŸ™‚

      Okey, you love them! πŸ˜‰ xxx

  34. MominLuxembourg says:

    Supergaaf! Daar ga je veel plezier aan beleven. Wat ga je allemaal planten, al een idee?? Een grote kruidenhoek zou ik je zeker ook aanraden, dat heb ik ook, en heb er enorm veel plezier van

    • Sophie33 says:

      Thuis, in mijn kleienere tuin, heb ik al een kruidentuin. Maar salie & enz ga ik zeker zaaien in mijn moestuin! je proeft het verschil goed! x

      • MominLuxembourg says:

        salie, rozemarijn, hysop, lavendel, lavas, bieslook, munt (goed afbakenen want woekert), bernagie, zurkel en kleine pimpernel groeien makkelijk in volle grond. Met tijm heb ik altijd problemen;maar dat ligt waarschijnlijk aan mij πŸ™‚

      • Sophie33 says:

        Dank je wel! We hebben al vele kruidenzaden besteld! x

  35. boeddhamum says:

    Super Sophie! What a beautiful place, You are gonna like it soo much!! Have fun, and take care of your back πŸ˜‰

    xo Linda

  36. Koko says:

    Congratulations!! What a beautiful space! You have done such great work already, I can’t wait for future updates!!

  37. Nice! That is a large patch of lotus!

  38. Johan says:

    What a fantastic great plot! Lucky you! xxx
    You 2 have done a lot of work, I see! πŸ™‚ Have fun! x

  39. Sarah says:

    This is exciting news for you & Peter! Have fun gardening! x

  40. Super, dat gaat smullen worden deze zomer!

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