Plotting and Planning for 2014

A Happy New Year to you all.  We had a quite one, which gave me time to plot and plan what’s going to be happening down on lottie plot 21a in 2014 🙂

Plot Plan 2014

I nearly passed out when I’d finished! Phew looks like we’re going to have a mightly busy year.  I had to make a brew to recover and ponder how we’re going to be the most productive.  Before I put together my plan I got out my Kings Seeds catalogue that I picked up from our allotment shed.  I find it really useful that they have pictures and grow charts so you know when to sow/plant/harvest.  I need varities of veggies that will be ready for harvest over the winter months *December obviously is a must for yummy Christmas dinner 😀

Here’s the selection I’ve made…

Potatoes ~ Maris Piper  Plant in August (I’m going to be planting these in a container rather than in the ground after the case of the disappearing potatoes last year!

Parsnips ~ Tender & True Sow in April/May/June, Harvest late Autumn-January

Broccoli ~ Rudolph Sow in Mid January-May, Plant March-July, Harvest Mid September-Mid February

Carrots ~ Flyaway F1 Sow March-July, Harvest July-December

Cabbage ~ Tundra F1 Sow March-May, Plant Jun-July, Harvest November-Mid March

Cauliflower ~ Belot F1 Sow May, Plant July, Harvest November-December

Sprouts ~ Revenge F1 Sow March, Plant Late April-May, Harvest December-February

Phew so that’s dinner sorted.  Now there are a few other changes that we’re going to make and big jobs to do…

  • Dig in the brick path (going to need lots of cups of tea for that one!)
  • Replacing the raised strawberry bed with half salad half herbs
  • The dolly tub I’m going to fill with nasturtiums, herbs and wildflowers.  I think this will look quite striking if it will be an explosion of flowers 🙂

We’re going to try sweetcorn for the 3 year running and see if we’re successful.  Squashes and pumpkins… fingers crossed they work this time, plenty of manure is needed I’ve read! swede is another on the menu.

The wild flower patch is going to be extended to the edge of the plot, the bee hive is in that direction and I want to make sure I’ve got plenty  of food for the buzzy bumbles 🙂 buzz buzz 😀

Bees Pumpkins and me

I hope to do lots of companion planting too.  The parsnips are going to sit in the bed with the carrots, the soil is really fine in there and there’s a chance they might grow into a normal parsnip shape! Alien shapes are fine but it would be nice to have perfect looking parsnips 🙂

Weeding Straws and Beekeeping

So guys, quite a lot going on on the plot this year.  I’ve got the Open Day to help with. A big party on the plot for all the allotment holders around Wimbledon time with cream tea, using delicious lottie strawberries.  Bee inspecting (including rescuing a few bees along the way no doubt!) and a few tipples whilst weeding – it’s the only way to get through it!  A great year to look forward to 🙂

Happy Growing Year 2014 everyone!

Lottie Land Girl Kaz xx

19 thoughts on “Plotting and Planning for 2014

    • Indeed! It will be great if we have some warm weather like last year! 🙂 I need to control myself the plot is only small! It’s surprising what you can do in a small space! Happy new growing year! 😀

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  2. Oh my god, this is so inspiring! Last year my husband and I had an allotment (we actually run them here on our farm- thought we’d take up an empty one), but we just sort of planted at random, then promptly forgot what was where. We’re terrible! I’ll definitely be sitting down and sketching a lovely plan this year. 🙂

    • It’s great to empty your head of the ideas for growing 🙂 not sure how much we will stick to the plan… It can be a bit much when you sit down and think what you want to achieve and how you’re going to do it, it really helps me to know what’s going on 🙂 good luck with yours I’d love to see it when you’re done!

  3. Thanks for the breakdown of planting times etc It’s always so easy to forget, when so much is going on! Just hope that our winter doesn’t last as long as last years! Also love the bee friendly area! Think that’s something I will put aside in my plot for next year.

    • Hi 🙂 I have to write things down or I’ll forget my self! It’s back to the drawing board now… We’ve just been given a bit if an extension to our existing land 🙂 time to get the colouring pens out hehe have a great growing year!

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