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This Week’s Guest Blogger is Kayleigh Tuvey who writes about her Allotment on Instagram

Hello my name is kayleigh! I started gardening when I was a little girl with my grandad! He had a huge allotment and as he got older he turned his back garden into a mini allotment too where we loved spending days together. He taught me so much and it was such a special bond we had. We would go into the garden and harvest vegetables for our dinner!

When my grandad sadly passed away I decided to get an allotment of my own as it used to bring me such joy and I missed being out in the garden! Eventually the time came and I got the keys to my allotment I was so excited to start growing my own produce even if I was heavily pregnant at the time which brought its own challenges!

I created a herb pallet with lots of herbs and lavender in! One of my favourite things to grow last year was pumpkin. I also grew lots of other vegetables including peas, potatoes, beetroot, sweetcorn and cauliflower! This year I am hoping to grow a lot more vegetables as I now have a greenhouse and a polytunnel! Inside the polytunnel I am hoping to grow tomatoes, chillis, peppers, aubergines, cucumbers and cucamelons. I have also made a new raised bed so that will give me a lot more growing space.

I have decided to grow a selection of flowers this year. I have dahlias which will be going into large pots and I have lots of different cut flowers. I have made a teepee which I will be growing sweet peas up the canes and I have four different sunflower varieties too!

I am also hoping to grow white munchkin pumpkins up my garden arches and I cannot wait to see all my plans become reality! Gardening has helped heal my pain of losing my grandad and my allotment is my little haven where I go to escape the world! With the online gardening community I have managed to connect with so many amazing people who have the same interests as me! I hope everyone has the opportunity to enjoy gardening as much as I do! If you are a beginner and not sure where to start please feel free to find me on Instagram @growingwithkaz and I will be happy to help.

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