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Hello and welcome to Ella’s Lottie. Hopefully I can inspire you to Grow your own produce.

Over winter growing: the good, the bad & the ugly.

This winter, I decided to plant more for the over winter kitchen garden, some things were successful and others…weren’t so much! I’m classing winter as December, January and February months for harvesting our vegetables and planting. Let’s start with the good!  In December we got to harvest our purple brussel sprouts and we got to…

Allotment Snacks

Following on from my Christmas potatoes failure outside. What I did learn, and worked well, was growing potatoes in a container which I’d put in the greenhouse from September. Although these container potatoes were planted at the same time as the outdoor mulched potatoes being kept indoor protected them from any early frost, I just…

Experiment fail

It’s quite easy to write or talk about success and imply that growing your own food is fantastic all the time. The reality is, it isn’t. Some things work and some things fail, and this experiment with growing our Christmas potatoes is one of those fails. These three small potatoes are all that I managed…

What it means to me.

Hello to everyone and thank you for taking the time to follow, read and bake/cook with me whilst I’ve been on this allotment journey. I’d just like to take the time to re-introduce myself and dive a bit deeper into the reasons what goes into growing your own food and why I do it. I’m…

🎃 Pumpkin treats 🎃

Halloween is slowly approaching and whether you celebrate it or not, you’ll probably have knocks at the door. I personally love halloween (probably because it is my birthday) and growing up I was never short of a theme. However, now I’m in my mid thirties and have a young daughter, the role of halloween has…

The Gardens of Downham: in aid of The British Royal Legion.

It may have been a misty day but it certainly didn’t affect the spirits of those that attended Downham Estate open gardens in July 2018. The Royal British Legion were raising money as well as awareness for the poppy appeal, and the village of Downham, Lancashire were more than happy to help support. Set under…

Rainbow swiss chard: from plot to plate.

Beautiful and vibrant stem colours, rainbow swiss chard is one of the easiest vegetables to grow and to make it extra special, most supermarkets do not sell it. This hardy, easy to grow and colourful leaf should be in any beginners vegetable garden and by picking the stems when needed it encourages growth to keep…

Growing Courgette: from seed to plate.

Courgettes can be one of the more expensive vegetables to buy in the supermarkets but by growing your own, you save pennies and have a heap load of courgettes. I bought a pack of 15 seeds from Kings Seeds at £1.49. I sowed two seeds, one germinated and from that one plant we have had…

Growing Beetroot: from seed to plate.

I love beetroot and this vegetable has to be a staple for my plot. My favourite variety is the boltardy, it’s delicious pickled or sweet enough to eat once cooked, but more importantly in gardening, it’s one of the most resistant to bolt. Bolting Bolting is a term in gardening used to explain when a…

The Great Yorkshire Show 2018

We had a wonderful time at the 160th Great Yorkshire Show on Tuesday 10th July. The showground is huge and I doubt we managed to see everything they had to offer in one day but I did have the opportunity to see Johnathan Moseley on his Floral delights talk as well as watching a demonstration…