Continuing the gardening journey series, I am happy to present Lisa’s gardening story, which began in her childhood. Lisa relates all her gardening ventures on Instagram (@lousous ), very well known for her Baby Boos, delicious baked goodies and a great sense of humour!
All photos belong to Lisa and thank you for sharing them.
Start of Lisa’s Gardening Journey
My love of gardening began when my dad gave me a tiny square of garden at the end of his long vegetable bed in our garden. I was soon growing radishes, spring onions and easy vegetables under the large sycamore tree.
I cannot remember how old I was but I was only little! We also had a greenhouse that my dad had made from hunter gathered pieces of wood …we were not allowed back home if we did not bring a piece of wood!!
Dad was not happy when I took over his greenhouse and then the shed when I was thrown out as I made him say a password to enter after reading Secret Seven books!! I also dressed it with ornaments and curtains; this is probably where my love of faffing and collecting vintage wears began.
My first gardens
My first house only had a tiny garden but I loved it and planted it with lots of flowers and shrubs. We then moved and the garden was a lot bigger. It was a new garden so we planted it up as we wanted; we even came third in a national newspaper magazine!
I still carried on growing vegetables but when we bought some chickens, things had to change. We ended up with no weeds but also no lower plants except peonies and daffodils which the chickens did not like. We decided to grow our vegetables in pots in the side garden. I had a potting shed and the chickens thought it was chicken heaven if they managed to get through the side gate.
Lisa’s Present Garden and Plot
After 25 years, we left this garden with all its lovely quince, medlars and shrubs that we had loved to downsize to a little bungalow.
The bungalow has a tiny garden covered in slate with box hedging and a dry stone wall. I filled it with large pots and grew vegetables and flowers in them until we got our allotment.
So in our gardening journey, Plot 1 is our allotment that we have now had for nearly two years. We love it and it is about 150 square yards. It came with 5 mature fruit trees, raspberries and rhubarb and enough rubbish and weeds that took us 3 months to clear!
It was hard work and still is but we love it. We have lots of different shaped beds and large planters, an old rickety greenhouse and an old tin shed.
Lisa’s Favourites to Grow from Her Gardening Journey
I love growing everything but now have my favourites, which are pumpkins, mainly the gorgeous little baby boos and giant onions.
Recently, I have also got into showing my vegetables at local shows so I am looking forward to that next year. I will not be growing brassicas again after whitefly!!! I said I would not grow brassicas when I got the plot after picking caterpillars off my dad’s cabbages, but I was too polite to say no when some plot holders offered me some.
Having an allotment has been one of the best things we have ever done. I do the planting and growing while my husband does the weeding and tidying!
We have made lots of new friends through having an allotment and also through Instagram, where everyone is always there for you to offer advice, support or just chat. A lovely friendly, kind group of friends is important.
Lisa’s Tips for New Gardeners …
My best advice to new gardeners is growing what you love and do a bit at a time. If something fails it does not matter, a garden or allotment is a work in progress and it will change from year to year. Just enjoy and remember to sit and enjoy it.
I hope you enjoy reading my story, always lots to talk about with gardening!