UK Veg Gardeners

Rather than going round each other's Pages to find the links to your blogs, I thought it would be good (and quicker) if everyone introduced themselves and their blog a little in this Discussion :)

 

So what's your name and where do you blog from?...

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Hi VP

I'm Celia, aka Magic Cochin and I write a blog called Purple Podded Peas which is about the things that go on in and around my studio in the SW corner of Suffolk, where I work as an illustrator and printmaker.

It sometimes includes things about my garden... well it did this week

Labour of the month: June – New potatoes

Hi everyone.

 

I'm only 19 years old, but had my own allotment at the age of 14. Bees since I was 15 and chickens since I was 12. I haven't inherited this way of life from my parents, who both have busy city jobs, I've just started from scratch.  I gave up my allotment last year before I started University as I was going to be too busy, I can safely say that was a massive mistake. I am now back on the waiting list for a local allotment, so in the meantime we are keeping chickens/bees and growing our own over two gardens (mine and my girlfriends) My girlfriend has now caught the bug for GYO and long may it continue.

 

You can catch up with what we are doing at www.our-good-life.blogspot.com

 

I enjoy nothing more than reading everyone's blog updates in the evenings with a glass of cold beer.

 (Soon to be home brew)

 

Have a great day!

 

Martin

I started my blog when I took on my plot almost 5 years ago now. The plot was head high in brambles, with a privet hedge about 20 feet tall and the wife thought I was mad for taking it on. It's also on a really steep hill facing North. I called the blog A Plot Too Far?

However, it overlooks a valley of the edge of Sheffield, is surrounded by trees and you can completely forget you're in a city even though the site is surround on 3 sides by busy roads.

The three and a half years ago I got another plot. On a different site. And kept them both. It's a long story! This one is completely away from roads and you can hardly hear any traffic noise which is so rare here, and has stunning views over the valleys and the city.

So now I blog about the ups an downs of both plots, which are keeping me sane whilst I attempt to find another job.

 

 

An Urban Veg Patch is where I write about "Plot to Plate on a North London Estate" ...  my food gardening in the previously neglected flower beds of the flats where I live.  

The flats were built in the 1930's to rehouse the railwaymen's families from Euston; the design of the grounds included space for gardens, borders and allotments, all of which were well tended until a couple of decades ago. In 2009, I got a Capital Growth grant to revive part of the gardens as a food growing space (with permission from the landlords!).  My group of helpers has evolved and changed, with a lot of help and interest from the kids on the estate and lots of compliments for what I'm doing.  Next year (when I get my outside tap!), the children will have their own raised bed gardening area (with further plans to make the rest of the gardens more visually interesting).  I have no experience of gardening except for what I've learned as I go along but I absorb gardening books like a sponge and love to read what other gardeners are up to!

I'm completely into the whole visual aspect of gardening, so you'll find photos (of veg, flowers, wildlife) from the York Rise gardens as well as other places I visit. I love to read other blogs and leave comments so I'm looking forward to seeing who appears on this list.  If anyone pops over to my blog, please say hello (there's a guest book or comment on a post); I look forward to meeting you! 

And, by the way, VP, where's your blog summary??  ;0) xx

 

Carolyn - I thought others should have a say first :)

 

I'm really enjoying reading everyone's summaries - they're going to be a hard act to follow!

Ah yes, that's only good manners! I'm sure it will be worth the wait!  This is a good discussion to get to know people.  Great post title as well! x

VP said:

Carolyn - I thought others should have a say first :)

 

I'm really enjoying reading everyone's summaries - they're going to be a hard act to follow!

Hi VP,

I have been blogging on this site for a while now and have thoroughly enjoyed doing so, especially with some of the lovely people you come into contact with.  I have had my own blogspot since May this year, mainly because I like writing about gardening in general as well as veg gardening.  The name of my site is:-

http://rosebankramblings.blogspot.com which is a daily journal about cottage gardening which includes, flowers,veg, herbs and fruit.  You are welcome to come for a visit.

Elaine

Hi - thanks to those of you who've taken the trouble to introduce yourselves. I've been enjoying my visits and finding some great new blogs. The beauty of this thread is that everyone can add their bit as and when they see fit and it's so much easier to get around.

 

Here's a little bit about me and my blog...

 

Home is in Chippenham, Wiltshire and I garden on a 1:10 slope on limestone clay - quite a challenge! I also have an allotment just over a mile away on a relatively small site with views across to the Wiltshire downs and the sound of the band playing in the local park on summer Sundays when the wind's in the right direction.

 

I've been blogging for a while - not just about growing fruit and veg - but also gardening, greener living, garden visits, life in Wiltshire and anything else I come across which I think is interesting or amusing. I'm not a gardening expert, it's about things I'm trying out or have worked out in the course of growing my own. I like to include lots of links, so as well as the story I have to tell you, there's plenty of back-up information should you wish to know more. Much of the inspiration for what I write occurs to me whilst I'm up at the plot, even the least vegetable related and whackiest of subjects :)

http://vegplotting.blogspot.com

 

In 2008 I 'opened' my garden over the internet to raise money for WaterAid and raised over £1,000. I'm no longer findraising, but you're still welcome to come on the tour. It'll give you a good introduction to my garden and allotment before diving into seeing what's on my mind at the moment over at the 'regular' blog...

http://vpopengarden.blogspot.com/

The Greedy Gardener is a seasonal food diary of a newly created fruit and vegetable garden in Kent.   I can’t be self-sufficient but I’m trying to see how much of the food I eat can be measured in food metres rather than food miles.   I’m trying to create a potager in which everything I grow I either know to be delicious or believe to be beautiful, or both (to paraphrase William Morris).

 

After three years when, for various reasons, I was unable to plant or grow a thing, it's fantastic to be getting back to growing stuff again.   I'm only just beginning to take tentative steps into blogging, mainly using it as a online recipe and gardening journal to remind me what's worked and what hasn't.  Also trying to get to grips, not always very successfully with macro photography of the things I'm growing and cooking.  

 

Gluts and Gluttony

 

I'm enjoying exploring other food and gardening blogs - and this seems like a great place to start.    

 

 

Hello all.

I write a blog called the Oxonian Gardener, as we are based North Oxfordshire. We are very fortunate in of the main attractions of the garden, is a lovely walled garden. Undoubtedly created as the house is on the top of a hill, and it can get very very cold here, and terrifically windy. For the last 5 years, we have been steadily working to renovate the garden, much of the work taking place in the walled garden. IThe walled garden includes, peony border, kitchen garden, fruit garden/cage (my husbands genius project), victorian greenhouse (curently stuffed with my tomatoes and chillies), Rosewalk and my parallel herbaceous borders. The work inspired the blog, and I have enjoyed writing it immensely. The comments are particularly well received and have been really informative and eye opening. More than anything, the blog works to keep my failing memory working, and remind me what we planted, when, where etc.. A sentiment I have read in the other blog introductions as per above!

As part of the village we live in, we open our garden once a year as part of the NGS garden scheme, and the proceeds go to the local hospice and other NGS charities. Our last garden open day was June this year.

Hello Petra, Thanks to this post, I've taken a good look at your blog and found inspiration in your kitchen garden. I've been needing a push to clear a second walled border, currently overgrown with Hebe, Dogwood, Honeysuckle and Ivy and your photo http://www.oxoniangardener.co.uk/2011/08/wordless-wednesday-august-... has provided that motivation. 

Caro x (Urban Veg Patch, also in a semi-walled garden)


Petra Hoyer Millar said:

Hello all.

I write a blog called the Oxonian Gardener, as we are based North Oxfordshire. We are very fortunate in of the main attractions of the garden, is a lovely walled garden. Undoubtedly created as the house is on the top of a hill, and it can get very very cold here, and terrifically windy. For the last 5 years, we have been steadily working to renovate the garden, much of the work taking place in the walled garden. IThe walled garden includes, peony border, kitchen garden, fruit garden/cage (my husbands genius project), victorian greenhouse (curently stuffed with my tomatoes and chillies), Rosewalk and my parallel herbaceous borders. The work inspired the blog, and I have enjoyed writing it immensely. The comments are particularly well received and have been really informative and eye opening. More than anything, the blog works to keep my failing memory working, and remind me what we planted, when, where etc.. A sentiment I have read in the other blog introductions as per above!

As part of the village we live in, we open our garden once a year as part of the NGS garden scheme, and the proceeds go to the local hospice and other NGS charities. Our last garden open day was June this year.

Hi Petra,

I've been enjoying your blog immensely, but sadly just as a lurker as family matters this year have kept my commenting on blogs to a minimum. It's great to see you've inspired Carolyn too - a great advert for both your blog and the sense of community UK Veg Gardeners is creating :)

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