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Allotment update!

on 13/04/2015
Our rhubarb plants are growing well!

Our rhubarb plants are growing well!


My husband & I were & are working a lot in our allotment & that is why, you haven’t received any new inspiring recipes from me, lately. Only the last recipe, that I posted a few days ago. The last 2 weeks, the weather has been very good. There has been a lot of sunshine & blue skies. What else do you want, right? The temperatures has been higher too. Yesterday, it was 25Β°C! Two months ago, my husband Peter build us our own large cold frame. It is 2 meters x 82 cm. Great, right? Here it is:


And here it is open :

_1340674watermarkAnd what do we have in here, let’s see,…


The chervil has been growing very rapidly, the last few days, nearly ready to cut off.



What else is happening in our garden?

We are growing 2 different peas. Here under this horticultural fleece are the lower peas growing, called Kalife, into 3 rows. Before planting, we soaked them for 24 hours into a bowl of warm water. This is to proceed the growth. We planted them April, the 4th 2015. Gradually, a few of them are already popping up under the fleece.


Further, in the row, you can see strawberry plants & we planted garlic between them. I planted 12 garlic pieces & 10 came out! Cool! πŸ™‚


What else?

Mint that is growing!

Mint that is growing!


Here you see the other horticultural fleece with Snowpeas Norli under them. We also planted them April, the 4th 2015. We also soaked the seeds 24 hours into a bowl of warm water. We have to check daily for snails & slugs. These pea shoots are popping up also. Just after that, you see our bows with young leek plants, red onion & spring onion plants. We put an anti-fly sheet over them & a horticultural fleece to keep them warm at night!



So, this is the 1st update since November 2014. We also planted some rosemary, bay leaf, thyme & sage, but no pictures yet. We also have sown Bolivar beets into the full ground & chioggia beets at the right side in our cold frame.

So, I hope to see you all later in the year, for the next update! πŸ˜‰

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53 responses to “Allotment update!

  1. Wow! You have so much on your allotment. How very exciting.
    Have a beautiful week ahead Sophie.
    πŸ™‚ Mandy xo

    • Sophie33 says:

      Thanks so much, Mandy! But further along in the year, we will be growing kale, home grown courgettes & pumpkins too! x

  2. Love it! Well done you HAVE been working hard. Look forward to seeing an update in Mid Summer! πŸ™‚ x Brigid

  3. Angie@Angie's Recipes says:

    Happy gardening, Sophie!

  4. Tammy says:

    Chevril!! I’ve never had it fresh

    • Sophie33 says:

      Really? My mom & dad have it in their garden without the cold frame & it really grows well in clay ground. We have clay-loam ground. I love it fresh in a soup!

  5. lou says:

    Hoi Sophie,
    Springtime and gardening it’s a good matching. When the earth warms up you’ll be surprised of the result. You’ve already done a lot of work. Keep going!

  6. jefboven says:

    What a hard piece of work. Hope for excellent results!

  7. Ina Gawne says:

    Sophie – It is so lovely that you have your own garden allotment – all those fresh herbs and veggies to come – nothing better!

  8. brugesvegan says:

    we’ve been busy in the garden too. Will be posting some photos of our veg garden soon!

  9. Wow!! You’ve got quite an operationπŸ˜‰I could use your expertise over here!! Keep it coming. I love seeing what you do!

    • Sophie33 says:

      It is the very first time that we digg into the full ground, Susan! It is a new learning process for us! x

      • I’ll show you my garden in a post today. I really never have any idea what I’m doing and would like to learn. It’s helpful to see what other people do!

  10. Norma Chang says:

    Love your cold frame. You sure have a lot growing in such a short time, hard work is paying off, looking forward to reading more updates.

  11. hotlyspiced says:

    I’m glad the weather is warming for you. I do love it when you share your allotment. You have so much happening and it’s great to see all the variety xx

  12. I made rhubarb and apple crumble tonight…delicious! Yours will soon be ready to harvest.

  13. KerryCan says:

    Such an exciting time of year–full of hope and possibilities!

  14. Eva Taylor says:

    The garden looks great! Can’t believe the warm temperatures you’re getting, we’re still in the single digits (sometimes -) and mid teens during the day. We usually have to wait until May 24 to plant anything outdoors!

    • Sophie33 says:

      Really? ooh nooooooo! We had to wait a long while too, you know! before thee 2 weeks of great weather, we had rain, rain & rain! xxx

  15. Wow you’re really lucky, Sophie πŸ™‚

  16. So impressive, Sophie! You two have worked hard and are going to soon enjoy the fruits of your labor!

  17. It all looks great, I’m very jealous!!

  18. Sophie… did you sneak into my garden and photo my rhubarb πŸ˜› It looks almost the same as ours! πŸ™‚ That’s all we’ve got for now though! 😦 You’ve been working so hard and Peters coldframe is perfect! What a lot to keep you busy… and what exciting recipes I’ll be waiting for with all of those in!!! πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

  19. boeddhamum says:

    Heerlijk Sophie en wat een fijne plek heb je daar! Ik ben ook weer begonnen en ondanks zwaar werk nu, is het zo lekker om daar te zijn. Ik wens je veel tuinplezier en heerlijke groente en inspiratie daarvan! Wat een supergoede koude kas heeft je lief gemaakt!

    Love, Linda

  20. shenANNAgans says:

    So jelly of your amazing gardening skills, also that you have warmth. We are already in beanies, scarfs and jackets down under. Sigh! Cant wait to see the meals you make with your bounty of home grown yum! πŸ™‚

  21. Georgina says:

    Hi Sophie – your allotment is looking really good! I’m particularly jealous of your rhubarb plants! I’ve posted a couple of interesting rhubarb recipes recently (using the wonderful early season, forced rhubarb that we get here in Yorkshire). This one is my favourite:
    Definitely looking forward to more allotment updates!

    • Sophie33 says:

      Thanks so much, Georgina! πŸ˜‰ Thanks for this wonderful recipe! i agree, it is something special! xx

  22. April @ Simplify Your Health says:

    I love this!! I have allotment envy 😁

  23. Johan says:

    You certainly have been working hard, my friend! Well done you! xxx
    I love to see what your produce will be in the future of this year!
    Happy gardening! πŸ™‚ x

  24. Thats a wonderful veggie garden!sure shows your hardwork n dedication behind it! I have always dreamt of growing mint in my it very difficult?

    • Sophie33 says:

      Mint grows really easy. We have a clay-loam ground over here in our allotment! Normally, most people grow it in a large bucket in the ground because it can spread easily. We grow 2 types of Morrocan mint! πŸ˜‰ MMM!

  25. Johan says:

    A great cool update, dear Sophie! You certainly have been working hard with your beloved hubby Peter! Waw! x

  26. AMAZING!!! what a beautiful garden! You will have so much fun cooking with all these delicious ingredients all year long!

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