GARDENING – MAKE DO AND MEND – ALLOTMENT STYLE

Shed and garden style The sun is out and we are looking forward to some outside time this weekend, how about you? After a visit to an amazing allotment site in London last week – my brain is at full capacity with make do and mend inspiration. Woweee what a place. It was a peaceful Wednesday afternoon and while Dean finished up on our location photo shoot, I snuck off and wandered the foot and a half wide pathways that wove through the ramshackle plots.Wanstead AllotmentsWe have friends who own two magical plots here – (yep the ones with the amazing garden) and I cannot wait to see how thier crops and flowers grow throughout the rest of the year. Make do and mend allotment style There are so many colours, textures and ingenious ways to re-use and recycle to be found on allotments. Small shanty style gardening towns, only inhabited when a morning or afternoon can be spared and overflowing all year round with edible produce, flowers and artistic creations.Make do and mend garden style Bricks holding down flapping roof felt,  pallets and drainpipes customised to build fences and growing planters. Onions springing merrily from the ground alongside daffodils. Onion crop Make do and mend garden style Make do and mend garden style  Borders cobbled together using old brick, branches and floorboards and items no longer useful at home, repurposed for pots, shelves and more. Make do and mend garden style Wanstead AllotmentsBath pond! This is definitely going to be a feature in our garden. We should be renovating our bathroom this year fingers crossed, so rather than send our bath to the bulky waste section at the tip (that section makes me so sad) we will sink it into the ground and make a feature of it. I am not sure how are neighbours will feel about our recycling allotment-style garden makeover – but we are very excited about it!shabby shed style Shed style Rustic shed styleThis stop on my wander was a highlight, a living collage of amazing layers. So many of the sheds are like works of art and others very ordinary but still somehow magical. A place like no other, suspended somewhere between the Second World War and the power lines towering in the background connecting us to the modern world.Wanstead Allotments The naked trees are starting to grow back their clothes of green leaves and petals and everything else is slowly waking, peeping up out or the ground ready for a summer of growing and harvesting.Over grown allotment Shed styleWhen we were kids our family allotment had a perfectly dilapidated glass summer house on it, my memories of picking gooseberries, blackberries and green beans and fresh peas are vivid, there was a paddock at the bottom of the site where we could feed horses apple halves through the fence and we had so much fun wandering the paths past all the grown ups tending their plots at the weekends. Tumble down green houseWheel barrow Planter Wabi-Sabi Shed styleHappy weekend to you whatever your plans, I hope I may have inspired you to get outside and build something or plant something allotment style if you weren’t already going to, though! :) xxxRhubarb cropTin shack

  • Such an inspiring blog post! Exactly what I needed after a day out in the garden :)

    • I’m glad you enjoyed it Maren! I am obsessed with all things garden related now ;)

    • I’m glad you enjoyed it Maren! I am obsessed with all things garden related now ;)

  • Absolutely beautiful, I wish I could have a wander around to see who is growing what and how! Dreamy!

    Katie

    http://long-may-she-rain.blogspot.co.uk

    • I know! I was poking my nose in everyones crops ;)

    • I know! I was poking my nose in everyones crops ;)

  • Lynn Page

    Thanks Jeska, this post brought some lovely memories to mind; I’ll get my thinking cap on for my little shed makeover too!

    • Ooh exciting! We are just finishing off our first garden building now a summer house, I can’t wait to share it here :)

    • Ooh exciting! We are just finishing off our first garden building now a summer house, I can’t wait to share it here :)

  • These pictures made me so happy. Our allotment and the fantastic culture (horti and social) is pretty much the only thing I miss about living in London.

    • Oh no, I bet you miss it so much!! They are such a mazing patches of land aren’t they :)

    • Oh no, I bet you miss it so much!! They are such a mazing patches of land aren’t they :)

  • Iris Borgers

    What a lovely allotment indeed , Lovely photos , Next time come and visit with your friends @ our community garden : http://www.growmayow.org for more inspiration. ( If its near? )
    But I’m inspired as always with your creations as I frequently peek @ Lobster & Swan.
    All the best

    • Hooray thanks Iris! I will definitely pop on by if I find myself in the area!

    • Hooray thanks Iris! I will definitely pop on by if I find myself in the area!