August 30, 2015

The value of our allotments

The month of August is one I cherish on our beloved  3 year-old boutique allotment because it is a time for calm & reflection.  The rush of getting everything in the ground & careful  nurturing has subsided whilst the weeds are growing slightly less rampantly and crops are being lovingly harvested, producing a wealth of…

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July 31, 2015

The Boutique Allotment Plus: What’s cooking?

It was March of this year when I last posted an update on the progress and development of our newly expanded boutique allotment so now we are well into the summer season, I thought an update was a little overdue. You may recall me telling you that the size of our allotment has almost doubled…

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March 29, 2015

Our Kitchen garden extension (The Boutique Allotment Plus)

  Ha Ha, as the saying goes, be careful what you wish for! You may recall my previous blogs about my love of kitchen gardens, both designing them and managing them! This passion includes advising clients and designing their kitchen gardens. You may also recall my award-winning show garden at Grand Designs Live with the…

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September 19, 2014

Know your onions? (or are they enough to make you cry?)

It occurred to me recently, that onions play an important part in our boutique allotment and garden life (perhaps I should get out more?) not just as a vegetable but also as flavorsome herbs and as ornamental plants in the form of flowering alliums which are amongst my favourite bulbs in contemporary gardens for their…

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April 20, 2014

The Boutique Allotment: Size isn’t everything!

It has been a while since I talked about our Boutique Allotment on the blog, so thought I would give you an update on progress now that spring is well and truly here!  Given the phrase Boutique Allotment, you probably realize that space is at a premium for us.  Indeed I am sure that there…

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January 5, 2014

Getting fruity on the Boutique allotment

I have always had a love of harvesting fruit!  From an early age I used to go fruit picking with my mum for strawberries, raspberries, loganberries and blackcurrants.  You know the score, 2 in the basket, 1 in the mouth and they were so juicy and sweet!  My mum is known for her strawberry jam…

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November 25, 2013

The boutique allotment: One year on…

I can hardly believe it is virtually a year to the day since we took on a 7 x 8 m patch of waste ground and turned it over time into our boutique allotment in North Manchester; and what a busy and eventful year it has been!!  Partly to self indulge myself and partly to…

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October 8, 2013

Liz Ackerley of Poppyhead Consultancy is the Grand Designs Live Garden Designer of the year Oct 2013 with her winning garden: The Gourmet Retreat

I have now returned from the NEC and Grand Designs Live having won the title: Garden Designer of the Year!  It has been a bit of a roller coaster journey and I am thrilled, following 5 weeks of preparation after shortlisting at the end of August, to be awarded the title.  After all the pre-work,…

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August 20, 2013

The Boutique allotment: All things salad

This year is the very first season of our boutique allotment and therefore I was really keen to try a whole range of crops, not necessarily unusual varieties, but a repertoire of different types of vegetables.  I knew that we were too late to grow much in the way of fruit until next year (more…

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July 22, 2013

Top Tips for Small gardens & courtyards

At Poppyhead we have a passion for and interest in small gardens & courtyards, balconies & roof terraces.  I think this is because we have grown up with them (my very first garden was tiny and now we have a small courtyard and a boutique allotment!-you will probably have seen my extensive blogs, pictures and…

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