Welcome to Notes From the Allotment. I’m Darren Turpin, a freelance website content manager by trade, and a keen gardener, allotmenteer and GYO enthusiast by inclination. I was bitten by the horticulture bug a few years ago and things have escalated from there.
In 2016 I studied for and took exams in the RHS Level 2 Principles of Plant Growth, Propagation and Development qualification, passing with four commendation grades. I’m currently studying for RHS Level 2 RHS Principles of Garden Planning, Establishment and Maintenance and hope to take the practical course in future, to complete the Level 2 Diploma.
My wife, Jo, and I grow fruit, vegetables, herbs and flowers at our Plot #59 on Langley Allotments in Prestwich, North Manchester. We also moved house in the Summer of 2015 and have embarked on a plan to transform our new back yard (old patio and a patch of grass) into an English Cottage Garden (or our take on it, anyhow). You’ll be able to follow our progress on both projects here on the blog.
If you have any comments, questions or queries, please do feel free to leave a reply on any relevant blog post, or you can drop me a line or Tweet me @nftallotment and I’ll get back to you as soon as I can.
And if you’re based in the North Manchester area and are looking for a part-time kitchen (or otherwise) gardener, please do drop me a line. I’d be very interested in hearing about any opportunities that might arise…