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So, you may ask, why allotment ‘adventures’.  Well, I took on my allotment with no experience gardening in a sub-tropical climate and every time I plant a seed it’s a bit of an adventure to see whether it germinates, flourishes, and whether I can harvest it before the bugs do.

I live in Brisbane, Australia and have one small allotment of eight square metres.  Within that space I attempt to keep myself in vegetables.  I was a complete novice when I took on this allotment in 2010 as  I had only gardened in the UK, years earlier. I didn’t even recognise many of the vegetables that other allotment holders were growing.  I had to learn not only their names, and how to grow them, but what to do with them once harvested. So this is my allotment ‘adventure’. I love it.

55 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Simon G
    Mar 18, 2012 @ 20:48:47

    Jean, what a wonderful blog site. I can’t wait to come back and visit some more. Happy blogging – Simon G

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  2. Carol-Beth
    Apr 02, 2012 @ 07:14:09

    Jean, Di has passed on your blog to me and now I’m a follower and will continue to follow your ‘adventures’ when I eventually return to the UK. Seeing the corn silk took me back to my childhood, part of which was spent on a farm at Moorlands outside Bundaberg. In those days, because we had to help pick the field of corn we didn’t find the silk so alluring.

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    • Allotment adventures with Jean
      Apr 02, 2012 @ 07:29:31

      So pleased to hear from you Beth. And interesting to read your comment about the silk. You would see it in a completely different light. If I had been confronted with a field of corn and it needed picking I’d look at it differently too I reckon. I expect about 20 cobs – so I won’t need to call in the help at harvest time!

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  3. adamleone01
    May 06, 2012 @ 21:06:02

    Hello there from across the other side of the world! Thanks for the like! And I hope you find my blog as useful as I do yours!

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    • Allotment adventures with Jean
      May 07, 2012 @ 06:23:31

      Thanks Adam.
      Your blog is so packed full of great stuff. Love the podcasts. All very nostalgic for me as I left the UK 30 years ago and now I am living in Australia where the seasons are the wrong way round. Mind you, I do love gardening here in the sub-tropics. We just have different pests to deal with!

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  4. Marissa
    May 23, 2012 @ 21:25:29

    Hey there Jean!
    it’s Marissa!
    great to find your blog. I am very new to gardening & so far I have started weeding & contemplating growing things…..way way behind you but all of a sudden I have a hankering to get to it!
    I am about to devour your blog for handy hints.
    Lots of love xxx

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  5. headcoachsteve
    May 24, 2012 @ 11:22:09

    Hi Jean, I am very interested in the valuation of allotments from an ecological economics perspective, hence my interest in your site! Your garden looks great and for an allotment is a decent size. We have just purchased a Walled Garden in Scotland to “practice” with!
    Keep up the good work, your vegetables look great!

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  6. staffordshirebred
    May 25, 2012 @ 00:27:22

    Dear Jean,

    Lovely blog! This gardening gene is obviously very strong in our family!! It’s lovely to see your photo – you do remind me of my cousin Ros and my Aunt Mary (1913-2011). There are stacks of photos you’d be interested to see on my Facebook page – or I can email to you?

    Kind regards

    Your 2nd cousin

    Susan

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  7. slowborg
    Jun 22, 2012 @ 22:48:04

    Hi Jean! I have nominated you for two blogging awards because you have such a wonderful blog and I really enjoy following your adventures and seeing your garden grow. Pop over to my homepage to see what they are and if you accept them you can pay them forward xx

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  8. Gina T
    Jul 27, 2012 @ 09:43:38

    Dear Jean,
    The State Library of Queensland would like to archive your website in PANDORA a National Library Australia initiative to preserve our online documentary heritage. Could you please contact me so that I can send you a formal permission request?
    Regards
    Gina

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  9. Live and Learn-Toss and Turn
    Oct 09, 2012 @ 10:03:02

    Thanks for visiting my blog. Can you tell me exactly what an allotment is? I can generally guess from reading about it, but I’m not familiar with the term.

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    • Allotment adventures with Jean
      Oct 10, 2012 @ 06:06:01

      An allotment is a plot of land which can be rented by an individual for growing fruit and vegetables for personal and family use. I believe that allotments in the UK are quite large, but my allotment area here in Brisbane, Australia is 16 square metres. Each allotment is 8 square metres and I am renting two of them. My allotment is on land owned by the Council but leased out to Beelarong Community Farm and is managed by a committee which is re-elected each year.

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  10. Dancing on a Blade of Grass
    Oct 27, 2012 @ 05:17:50

    Thank you for the comment on my blog, albeit about The Kinks rather than allotmenteering! I’ve signed up to follow your ‘adventures’ – especially as you are on the other side of the world. My daughter’s allotment is on a slope, so at the moment, not very easy to navigate in all the MUD! She doesn’t have a huge amount of time to allocate to it, but is hoping to plan an allotment for relaxing in (she lives in a flat without a garden), and to grow a few vegetables and flowers – we’ll see how it goes!

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    • Allotment adventures with Jean
      Oct 27, 2012 @ 05:40:35

      Hi Sandy. I suppose it is funny commenting on The Kinks when in fact I was searching for links to other allotment holders when I first came upon your blog. But that just shows that I have a ‘cultured’ side too. Not sure if rock can be referred to as such – but either way your post was a trip down memory lane. I am looking forward to following your blog, and hearing more about your daughter’s allotment adventures.

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  11. digginwivdebb
    Dec 06, 2012 @ 02:12:21

    Hi Jean

    I’ve nominated you for a blogging award. Many congrats and well done. It can be found here. http://digginwivdebb.wordpress.com/2012/12/05/yaymy-first-blogging-award

    Debbi x

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  12. horticulturalhobbit
    Dec 27, 2012 @ 06:12:20

    Oh, Jean, from blighty with love!

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    • Allotment adventures with Jean
      Dec 27, 2012 @ 06:57:50

      Horticultural Hobbit thanks for visiting from Blighty. I started gardening when I lived in the UK and it was a whole new learning experience trying to grow my own food in Queensland. A great learning curve, with support from lots of lovely local people.

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  13. Shay Kinnaird
    Jan 13, 2013 @ 07:57:49

    Hi Jean,

    How lovely of you to stop by my blog. I cant email you because you;re a no reply blogger in Blogger land.

    My mixer has changed my life. I dont know how I managed without it. Worth every penny!

    Looking forward to getting to know you a bit better . I love the idea of a community garden allotment. We have a ton of land here at our place and have been talking about putting in a vegie garden for ages.

    Shay

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    • Allotment adventures with Jean
      Jan 14, 2013 @ 06:03:31

      Thank you for visiting Shay. Not sure why I’m a ‘no reply’ blogger. Perhaps because I’m with WordPress and not Blogger. Who knows.

      I get great pleasure from visiting my allotment and the community garden. Life seems so busy generally these days, it’s good to get ‘back to the land’. It is of course wonderful to reap the benefits of our work in the form of fresh vegetables.

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  14. mawsonmichelle
    Jan 30, 2013 @ 08:03:02

    Hello Jean
    I just wanted to say thank you for the warm welcome you left on my blog.
    I have very much enjoyed what I have read so far on your blog. Going from gardening in the UK to an allotment in that climate would have filled me with horror, what an inspiration you are. I look forward to reading more from you

    Michelle

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  15. Alison Green
    Mar 05, 2013 @ 12:11:58

    Dear Jean
    Thank you for sharing so much about the joys and challenges of your allotment. I am Assistant Editor at Green Journey – http://www.greenjourney.com.au. We are a not-for-profit online community hub providing sustainable living resources for people on the Sunshine Coast and SEQ. We aim to connect residents, farmers, gardeners, food producers, community groups, educators, allotment holders and more.

    We have a section called Inspiring Stories where we tell the story of a local person who is doing something significant towards sustainable living that we think would interest our readers. We would love to tell your story! I really hope to hear from you to talk about it further – alison@greenjourney.com.au.
    Best wishes,
    Alison.

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  16. Alice
    May 18, 2013 @ 18:46:09

    Hi Jean, Great blog! As you saw from my first posts, it’s been a loooong winter over here in the UK. But i’m looking forward to this growing season and also watching how things grow over in Queensland!
    Keep up the great work,
    Alice

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  17. Simone
    May 24, 2013 @ 08:02:12

    Great blog. I was wondering if you would be interested in guest blogging about retirement and gardening on a new retirement site at retirementandgoodliving.com

    Drop us a note via the contact page if you are interested.

    Thanks,

    Simone

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  18. Lyle @ The Joy of SImple
    Aug 13, 2013 @ 13:27:46

    Hi Jean and thanks for the kind words regarding my Joy of Simple blog 🙂 Living in an apartment building doesn’t allow me much opportunity to garden…and to be honest, I don’t know if I would be any good at it. That being said, there are public and communal gardening plots all around Montreal, so if the bug does bit me as it were, I would at least have an option 🙂

    Take care and don’t be a stranger. All the best.

    Lyle

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  19. Jamie W. D.
    Aug 21, 2013 @ 00:47:59

    Afternoon Jean – thanks for all the kind comments on my blog over the last year. I’ve nominated your blog for a Liebster Award 🙂
    http://plot10b.wordpress.com/2013/08/20/liebster-award/

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  20. beeseeker
    Sep 24, 2013 @ 04:17:17

    Love your attitude and the blog title, any way of combining adventure and allotments is a winner for me!
    😉
    The link to this will probably lead to my (I like to think) creative blog, but you might be interested in my allotment blog at
    http://www.mucktwineandthinker.wordpress.com

    … if you have the time and energy.

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  21. horticulturalhobbit
    Dec 02, 2013 @ 05:07:33

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  22. Jen Gardener
    Dec 16, 2013 @ 16:16:37

    Hi Jean,

    I’ve just nominated you for the versatile blogger award, just to say that I think your blog is great 🙂

    http://versatilebloggeraward.wordpress.com/

    Jen

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    • Allotment adventures with Jean
      Dec 27, 2013 @ 05:08:29

      Hi Jen. I am honoured that you have nominated me for the versatile blogger award and thank you for your kind words.
      However I am taking a break from blogging during this hot Queensland summer – it’s a challenge to keep the garden alive – so I hope you will understand that I won’t be accepting the award.

      Reply

  23. The Belmont Rooster
    Dec 17, 2013 @ 08:56:21

    Awesome blog! I will follow to see what exciting posts you will have next!

    Reply

  24. Clair Levander
    Oct 16, 2014 @ 19:46:40

    Great site Jean! You have a green thumb and a green heart. Well done Cheers Clair xx

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  25. The Garden Smallholder
    Oct 17, 2014 @ 02:11:11

    I recognise the veg you’re holding in your photo 😉 Hee hee! I love reading about your allotment adventures. Karen xx

    Reply

  26. Rod Kettleborough
    Aug 17, 2015 @ 01:51:45

    Where can i acquire clumping onions as i have been searching for them for years.

    Reply

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