I found out last week that I had been approved for an allotment in our community garden. Um, eek! Although I had obviously applied for it, it did come as quite a surprise and and to be honest, I'm a teensy bit afraid of what I had gotten myself into!
This is something totally new for me and the timing is a bit of a challenge, as there really is only August and early September to plant stuff until Spring next year. I think I'm going to brave rosemary, lavender, chard, rocket or lettuce and garlic. I'll let you know how I go!
In the meantime, I thought I'd share a few resources that I found helpful and/or inspiring to get us prepared for the task ahead. If you have any others to add to the list below, or any advice at all, please shout and I'll be forever grateful. I may even name an area of the garden after you.
Here's what I'm reading:
The Slowpoke - one of my favourite sites, the Slowpoke covers a range of topics that all embrace a simpler way of life. Emma shares how to's on growing plants, kitchen basics and recipes, DIY's that are actually useful plus interviews with cool people and way more.
Wild Thyme Sweet Pea - My friends Matthew and Jasmin write this blog, sharing gardening tips, wholesome recipes and a healthy dose of bread porn. They have also written an in depth urban gardening guide that you can download for a steal with the proceeds going to charity.
To Do Book Co - Things are just so much easier when the choices are narrowed down for you. This little books gives you all the info you need on 10 vegetables and herbs that are relatively easy to grow.
Whole Larder Love - A truly enlightening read, if you need some solid reasons why you should grow your own food, go have a binge read of Rohan's old blog archives (sadly he has recently decided to stop blogging). Their family lives mostly off the land, growing and hunting a great deal of the food they eat.
Grown and Gathered - A new to me blog, Matt and Lentil share a tonne of useful info on gardening plus interviews and recipes. I'm in love with this beautiful letterpress seasonal vegetable chart they sell.