Feeling Springy!

Burrrr it’s been a cold one today! But it’s been lovely to explore a local ‘secret garden’ with Jassy this afternoon :) there’s so many pretty spring flowers dotted around, they break up the browny greens of winter. 

Here’s what I’ve found…

It makes your heart flutter at the thought of spring being just round the corner :) are you ready? I know I am! 

I also spotted this beautiful little vintage bike at a vintage shop in Stockport! Ohhh I’d love a bike with a little trailer to cycle to the allotment (even though it’s only around the corner!) 

Keep warm :)

Lottie Land Girl Kaz xx

Karrie Brown Design ~ Allotment Inspired Notelets

Lavender & Bees ProjectWell off I go! My new adventure starts this week :) I’ve been asked by my friend from the allotment to design her some personalised stationery.  My brief was to come up with an A5 sized notelet, with an allotment/grow your own theme.  Knowing my friend very well, I know she loves lavender and loves bees too :)

So today I’ve been working on her project and this is what I’ve come up with…

‘Lavender & Bees’ 

Notelet Lavender & Bees Back Notlet Lavender & Bees Front

I have put together some round stickers that we can use on the brown/kraft envelopes…Lavender & Bees Address Stickers Brown Envelope & Address Sticker Flat

What a buzzing day! I’m inspired to make more notelets… Watch this space :)

Lottie Land Girl Kaz xx

Plan Bee

Plot Plan

So… plan bee… I call it plan bee because when I picked up my seed order last month, it appeared I had the little pollinating marvels on my mind! I’d bought so many flower seed and hardly any veg seeds :) Not that I’m complaining though :) It’s going to be a pretty sight in the summer and I’ll be bee watching to my hearts content! :)

Seed orderWe’ll be planting our usual veg for christmas :) sprouts, parsnips, carrots, broccoli, caulis etc.  We’re going to try globe artichokes so I can sit and look at the bumbles, honeybees busy collecting pollen!

Globe Artichockes and bees

The little green storage/greenhouse had been battered over the last couple of years by the wind and the rain.  We’re replacing it with a fab hive shaped wooden composter.  I’m going to use it as a storage bin for plant pots, hosepipe etc and it will be painted in duck egg blue :)

Our willow edges are looking a bit tired so I’ll be replacing them around our bug lane, where I’ll have wild flowers coming out of my ears. Herbs and salads I plan to grow at home so I can pick them fresh for my tea :)

Summer Evening

It’s going to be a good year, I can feel it! I hope we get a lovely warm summer like last year.  Spending hot summer evenings watering the plot and enjoying a glass of wine will be great :) Bring it on!

Are you making any major plans this year?

Lottie Land Girl Kaz xx 

Let The Chitting Begin

Potato Day 1This weekend me and Mr.Bee visited a local potato day :) Who’d have thought there were so many different varieties of spuds?  We were spoilt for choice really!  Armed with a list of the potatoes on offer, we walked around with our box ready to fill up.  There were herbs, vegetable seeds, fruit trees and bushes, garlic, and summer bulbs on offer.  It was great! We even bumped into our friends :)

Potato Day 2 Potato Day 4 Potato Day 3 Potato Day 5 Potato Day 6 Potato Day 7 Potato Day 8 Potato Day 9 Potato Day 11We don’t plan on having too many rows of spuds this year, just enough to get us by.  We’ve chosen our favourites – marfona (second early) keeping our fingers crossed they do better this year.  We had a problem with stinky, disgusting black leg which wiped most of them out – pretty gutted about that!  For our second choice, we wanted to try something different, so we picked rooster (main crop) potatoes too :D

Potato Day 10 It was such a well organised event, I cant wait to go back next year! :D For now, our little seed potatoes are sat happily in their egg boxes on the kitchen windowsill.  Best get the plot ready and get the trenches dug and sprinkle the muck in! :DPotato Day 13Potato Day 12

What potatoes are you growing this year?

Lottie Land Girl Kaz xx

Living the 'Good Life' the Brown way!


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