New Beginnings


Well, no posts since 2012 and mainly because we moved! I left my lovely garden in Mapperley, 17 years in the making, but now I’ve found new ground to develop up in the Derbyshire Dales. Two half allotment plots and a little cottage garden will keep me happy for at least another 17 years! So first the allotments…

P1100731At least the soil has been covered to discourage weed growth and although it looked unpromising in early April, I peeled back the layers and found the soil in good heart, a sandy loam that has proved to be a joy compared to the heavy brick clay of Nottingham! I now am able to prepare the mythical ‘fine tilth’ so often described in gardening books and quite impossible to do on lumpy sticky clay! First planting, some Claytonia and wild rocket that had been confined to a container for the winter, happy to be released and ready for picking.


Claytonia, a lovely winter salad leaf.


Views from this site are stunning, plenty of time to spend leaning on the spade and admiring the landscape!

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