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Newbie allotment owners! Watch our journey taking our overgrown plot into our allotment of dreams ๐ŸŒฝ๐Ÿฅ•๐Ÿ… Usually posting photos of cats at @miranda_makes

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Signs of autumn! Looks like a frost got to my dahlias. They’ve had a good run, but I’ll be digging up the tubers ready for storing over winter. ๐Ÿฅ€ The pear tree is looking ok - another job this weekend is to pick a load. I’m really glad we have such an established tree. I’m pretty sure they’re conference pears, but they taste lovely! ๐Ÿ I also picked the last of the pumpkins. Next year I’ll be growing more! ๐Ÿฅฆ #allotment #autumnharvest #allotmentharvest #allotmentlife #sheffieldallotments #helloautumn
Coming down to the plot to check on it because of some recent break ins and finding our axe half way up the lane was a hell of a hint that someone had gotten in. Aside from moving the axe all of 40 metres they’ve taken nothing and damaged nothing apart from the easily replaceable lock so I guess we should be grateful. ๐Ÿฅฆ I’m just glad they didn’t get my pumpkins! ๐ŸŒฝ #allotmentlife #upsanddowns #allotmentbreakin
It’s been a while since I’ve posted! The pear tree is laden but we need a ladder to get to the good ones. I got a few for snacks  because that’s all I could reach... ๐Ÿ The tomatoes are still doing well, dahlia patch is churning out the blooms, courgettes have stopped producing monsters at the rate they have been, and there are still a few blackberries to be had. ๐ŸŒฝ What has been an issue is badgers and our sweetcorn! I managed to get these cobs today though! ๐Ÿฅ• #allotment #allotmentlife #allotmentharvest #harvest #helloautumn #badgersatemysweetcorn
Enough dahlias? I managed to palm a few off on someone in the car park (I do know them so it wasn’t too weird...) but I’ve still got more than enough for home! ๐ŸŒธ #allotment #allotmentflowers #allotmentdahlias #dahlia #sarahravendahlias
I had my first pink blueberry! It was tasty but I’d love more! And happier looking plants... maybe they should be in pots? ๐ŸŒฝ Also the painted mountain sweetcorn is looking good but I need to exercise some real patience here and let them develop their colours a bit more before I pick them! ๐Ÿฅ’ #allotment #noboringvegetables
We didn’t bring anything to hold the harvest, but I at least had an old pickling jar in the car because I did some wedding flowers at the weekend using some of the dahlias I grew. ๐Ÿ… I can’t believe how prolific the dahlias have been! So many! I have made three decent sized arrangements from this pot full that I picked today. ๐ŸŒธ #allotment #allotmentlife #sheffieldallotments #allotmentflowers #allotmentdahlias #sarahravendahlias #dahlia #flowerseveryday
I don’t only grow dahlias, but I’m so proud of these ones!
Mini harvest from the other day. Off again today to inspect the sweetcorn and pumpkins, and maybe pick some blackberries to freeze. It’s nice having so many good blackberries so early! ๐Ÿฅ• #allotment #allotmentflowers #courgettesfordays #growyourown #growyourownfood
Post holiday harvest! Loads of courgettes, tomatoes, and dahlias! ๐Ÿ… #allotment #allotmentharvest #allotmentflowers #sheffieldallotments #allotmenttomatoes #courgettesfordays #growyourown #growyourownfood
French supermarkets: not just red tomatoes, and hardly a prepackaged vegetable in sight! And if you do need a bag, the little ones are all biodegradable. I think the UK has some catching up to do!
First decent tomato harvest and a mutant dahlia (but I quite like it!). ๐Ÿ… #allotment #allotmentharvest #tomatoes #allotmenttomatoes #growyourown #growyourownfood
Anyone else got loads of extra early big, fat blackberries? It seems so strange to see them next to green beans! ๐Ÿ… Our tomatoes seem a bit slow, but I did get a good handful with a few varieties. The dahlias are the opposite - a massive bunch yesterday and a couple more today. ๐Ÿ #allotment #allotmentlife #allotmentharvest #sheffieldallotments #harvest #dahlia #blackberries #tomatoes #growyourown #growyourownfood
It was a monster flower harvest last night! My first Café au Lait dahlia which is super exciting, plenty of Linda’s Baby and a second Islander. We also had two giant courgettes (surprise surprise) and loss of French beans (also not a surprise). ๐ŸŒธ #allotmentflowers #dahlia #dahliaislander #dahliasmallworld #dahliacafeaulait #cafeaulaitdahlias #sarahravendahlias #flowers #flowerseveryday
Something exciting happened yesterday! I had a call from the allotments office saying that we’d won best newcomers for our site! Hurrah! I was hoping for all of Sheffield, but you can’t have it all... ๐Ÿ… Today was also the open plot day so I had a good two and a half hour wander with lots of other plot holders to see what they’ve done with their spaces. It was really good to see, and also really handy because I could palm off some giant courgettes/baby marrows on some people who haven’t grown any this year. Winner! ๐Ÿฅ’ Tonight’s dinner will be the ball courgette stuffed with spiced soy mince and rice, and I’m quite excited! I’ll post a picture in my stories later. ๐Ÿฅ• #allotment #allotmentharvest #allotmentflowers #sheffieldallotments #allotmentwinner #harvest #courgette #courgettesfordays
My first Dahlia Islander is out! It’s the size of my hand with my fingers outstretched and I love it!! It looks fab against the dark blue walls in our living room but it’s too dark to take a photo of it now. Tomorrow! ๐ŸŒธ Also: we have a borage plant! I wanted one but hadn’t got round to either growing it from seed or finding an actual plant, but this one has popped up all by itself like it knew it was wanted! ๐ŸŒฑ #allotment #allotmentflowers #sarahravendahlias #dahliaislander #dahlia
Anyone for beetroot..? I’m on the pickling train tonight with these but I don’t want that many pickled beetroot! I’ve already palmed off four courgettes and some huge beetroot on our lovely neighbours (they’re loving the organic veg!). I think I have a good beetroot curry recipe for tomorrow night, but does anyone else have any suggestions? ๐Ÿ… Also coming soon: kohlrabi and GIANT dahlias! It took some serious will power to not pick this one today as it’ll do much better having another day or two on the plant. That way I’ll be able to have a lovely dahlia bouquet on the last day of term. Winner! Although I am loving the little white posy I picked this afternoon. ๐Ÿฅ• #allotment #allotmentlife #allotmentharvest #allotmentflowers #harvest #beetroot #dahlia #growyourown #growyourownfood  #courgettesfordays
Harvest! The purple French beans were so heavy they pulled down their support but it’s back up now and they look fine. They’re certainly producing a lot of beans! ๐Ÿฅ• We’re in the courgette glut now. What are your favourite recipes? I’ve got four that need using... ๐Ÿ #allotment #allotmentlife #allotmentharvest #harvest #growyourown #growyourownfood #sheffieldallotments
Yesterday we went to Calke Abbey to wander round the gardens, specifically the vegetable gardens because they’re lovely. I love the buildings the gardeners used - full of lovely old pots and tools. ๐ŸŒฝ The vegetable garden itself has new fencing round the beds since the last time we visited (it used to be box hedges), and they’ve got some good stuff growing! ๐Ÿฅ’ #calkeabbey #calkeabbeygardens #vegetablegarden #gardenenvy