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Newbie allotment owners! Watch our journey taking our overgrown plot into our allotment of dreams ๐ŸŒฝ๐Ÿฅ•๐Ÿ… Usually posting photos of cats at @miranda_makes

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Something exciting happened yesterday! I had a call from the allotments office saying that we’d won best newcomers for our site! Hurrah! I was hoping for all of Sheffield, but you can’t have it all... ๐Ÿ… Today was also the open plot day so I had a good two and a half hour wander with lots of other plot holders to see what they’ve done with their spaces. It was really good to see, and also really handy because I could palm off some giant courgettes/baby marrows on some people who haven’t grown any this year. Winner! ๐Ÿฅ’ Tonight’s dinner will be the ball courgette stuffed with spiced soy mince and rice, and I’m quite excited! I’ll post a picture in my stories later. ๐Ÿฅ• #allotment #allotmentharvest #allotmentflowers #sheffieldallotments #allotmentwinner #harvest #courgette #courgettesfordays
My first Dahlia Islander is out! It’s the size of my hand with my fingers outstretched and I love it!! It looks fab against the dark blue walls in our living room but it’s too dark to take a photo of it now. Tomorrow! ๐ŸŒธ Also: we have a borage plant! I wanted one but hadn’t got round to either growing it from seed or finding an actual plant, but this one has popped up all by itself like it knew it was wanted! ๐ŸŒฑ #allotment #allotmentflowers #sarahravendahlias #dahliaislander #dahlia
Anyone for beetroot..? I’m on the pickling train tonight with these but I don’t want that many pickled beetroot! I’ve already palmed off four courgettes and some huge beetroot on our lovely neighbours (they’re loving the organic veg!). I think I have a good beetroot curry recipe for tomorrow night, but does anyone else have any suggestions? ๐Ÿ… Also coming soon: kohlrabi and GIANT dahlias! It took some serious will power to not pick this one today as it’ll do much better having another day or two on the plant. That way I’ll be able to have a lovely dahlia bouquet on the last day of term. Winner! Although I am loving the little white posy I picked this afternoon. ๐Ÿฅ• #allotment #allotmentlife #allotmentharvest #allotmentflowers #harvest #beetroot #dahlia #growyourown #growyourownfood  #courgettesfordays
Harvest! The purple French beans were so heavy they pulled down their support but it’s back up now and they look fine. They’re certainly producing a lot of beans! ๐Ÿฅ• We’re in the courgette glut now. What are your favourite recipes? I’ve got four that need using... ๐Ÿ #allotment #allotmentlife #allotmentharvest #harvest #growyourown #growyourownfood #sheffieldallotments
Yesterday we went to Calke Abbey to wander round the gardens, specifically the vegetable gardens because they’re lovely. I love the buildings the gardeners used - full of lovely old pots and tools. ๐ŸŒฝ The vegetable garden itself has new fencing round the beds since the last time we visited (it used to be box hedges), and they’ve got some good stuff growing! ๐Ÿฅ’ #calkeabbey #calkeabbeygardens #vegetablegarden #gardenenvy
I’ve been saving my dahlias until judging had happened for newcomer of the year. That’s happened now so we’ve got to wait to see what the results are, but I get to fill my house with flowers again! ๐Ÿ #allotmentflowers #dahlia #sarahravendahlias
It’s the judging for newcomer of the year this Friday. Keep your fingers crossed! I’ve popped down this evening to avoid the football, and it’s looking amazing here! I sort of don’t want to pick anything because I want to show off everything on Friday, but the dahlias are super tempting! ๐Ÿ… Swiping through you can see a few back in time photos that go right back to the day we got our plot when we were wondering what on earth we’d done. ๐Ÿ #allotmentlife #allotment #growyourown #allotmentprogress #growyourownfood #sheffieldallotments
Dinner! And here begins the courgette glut. ๐Ÿ… #allotmentharvest #allotment #allotmentlife #growyourown #growyourownfood #harvest
I grew this! Featuring: rainbow salad with beetroots, carrots and homemade raspberry vinaigrette, a made up bean salad with a ginger and soy dressing, potato salad (I didn’t have enough chives to pick my own) and a classic salad with our first cucumber! And it tastes good! ๐Ÿฅ’ Also I have a lot of vintage amber, pressed glass bowls. ๐Ÿ… #allotmentharvest #bbq #notallsaladsareboring
We braved the heat to put down as much wood chip as we could today. It looks so much better already, and it also means that the sun doesn’t shine off the black plastic in to our eyes - winner! ๐Ÿฅ’ We’re also having a BBQ later and I wanted to do as many salads as I could using or own vegetables. I caved and harvested some of the potatoes, a few colourful carrots, plenty more yellow mangetout, tomatoes, some fun beetroot, peas and some surprise French beans (how were there so many!?). I’ll post a photo of our food later. ๐Ÿฅ• #allotment #allotmentlife #allotmentharvest #allotmentprogress #sheffieldallotments #growyourown #growyourownfood #harvest #bbq #futuresalad
It has happened! I’ve made dinner using only bought olive oil, risotto rice, butter and cheese. Everything else is something we’ve grown: onion, broad beans, peas, cavolo nero, carrots, courgettes and mangetout. It tastes incredible! ๐Ÿฅ• #allotment #allotmentlife #allotmentharvest #growyourown #growyourownfood #risotto
The sweet pea glut is helping my impatience while I’m waiting for the courgette, bean and tomato gluts to start! Tomorrow I’m planning on making a risotto using only bought oil, cheese and rice. Wish me luck! ๐Ÿฅ’ #allotment #allotmentlife #summer #allotmentharvest #sweetpeas #bringontheglut #courgette
Finally remembered my trug! My second dahlia is looking beautiful, as well as even more sweet peas, strawberries and a few sugar snaps. ๐Ÿฅ’ Also spotted: baby cucumber and our first tomato! Steve and I have just shared it and it tasted good! ๐Ÿ… #allotment #allotmentlife #allotmentharvest #growyourown #growyourownfood
Baby things are happening! Yellow mangetout (I think these should be more yellow but they’ve been bleached by the sun - has anyone else had this?), baby borlotti, baby purple French beans and my first aubergine flower! ๐Ÿ† #allotment #allotmentlife #futureharvest #growyourown #growyourownfood
Not a vegetable but that’s ok. I love flowers in the house (you can see these over at my usual non-allotment page @miranda_makes) so I wanted to make sure we had some space at the allotment for flowers. We’ve got two beds - one with cosmos and cornflowers and the other with dahlias, then the two arches which will hopefully be covered in sweet peas soon! ๐ŸŒธ This dahlia is called Linda’s Baby and is one from the @sarahravenperchhill Rubens dahlia collection - so expect lots more exciting dahlias soon! ๐ŸŒฑ #allotment #allotmentlife #allotmentflowers #flowers #dahlia #sarahravendahlias
I realised I hadn’t posted a photo of what our plot looks like for a while. This is today: some stuff growing like mad, and some beds still untouched. Today was spent chopping down weeds ready to cover the beds we’re not ready to deal with yet. We should have done this first, but we live and learn! ๐Ÿ“ I also lifted the shallots - this is a good chunk of the haul as the others have been left to cure. Also: pathetic small garlic! I planted it late I think but as long as it tastes like garlic then I’m fine with it. ๐Ÿฅ• Also, more strawberries, sweet peas and the first sign of yellow mangetout! ๐Ÿฅฆ #allotment #allotmentlife #sheffieldallotments #allotmentharvest #myharvest #growyourown #growyourownfood
Spied two small beetroot that I was happy to take up to try. These are from a mixed packet but you can just tell from the stalks what might be on the inside. These are going on a salad tonight! ๐ŸŽ #allotment #allotmentharvest #allotmentlife #growyourownfood #growyourown #chioggia #chioggiabeetroot #beetroot
Onion scapes (because the weather made them bolt but it’s fine because I can use them like spring onions), future yellow mangetout with amazing lilac flowers and my dahlia bed is looking happy and about to pop soon! ๐Ÿ“ A lovely solstice visit to water everything. ๐ŸŒฝ #allotment #allotmentlife #sheffieldallotments #growyourown #growyourownfood #solstice #midsummer