Gardeners’ World Live 2012 – Edible Patches

We have been invited back this year to take part in the Gardeners’ World Live Edible Patches project. In association with NSALG and the BDAC, Court Lane Allotments and other groups in the West Midlands have each created a bed with a particular ‘theme.’

Edible Patches are intended to inspire and educate you on how you can creatively incorporate an attractive and functioning plot into your own garden. Patches should be planted with edible plant material such as vegetables, fruits and herbs. The use of props and themes is also encouraged to create a visually exciting way of growing and displaying these items.

(Gardeners’ World Live website)

Members of Court Lane Allotments committee and other volunteers created a bed at last year’s Edible Patches and the overall display was awarded a RHS Silver Gilt medal.

Members of the public attending Gardeners’ World Live can say hello to us and vote for their favourite display. Modesty and fairness prevents us from telling you who to vote for. We shall leave that for your discerning tastes.

Below is few photos of the bed that we have created. You can view the full Flickr set here.

UPDATE: We are pleased to announce that we have again been awarded another RHS Silver Gilt medal this year. Here is a link of the planting plan. You can also download the recipe for our Allotment Vegetable Frittata. We are also delighted to add that we were voted the most popular Edible Patch by the visitors to Gardeners’ World Live and received a handsome vase from the RHS. Thank you to everyone who came to chat to us and voted. We really enjoyed sharing our garden with you.

Court Lane goes to Gardeners’ World Live

We have been invited by the NSALG and BDAC to complete a show garden at this year’s Gardeners’ World Live at the NEC, Birmingham. The garden is part of the “Edible Patches” competition and was designed by one of our plot holders. Most of the plants were grown from seed, by a small number of our plot holders. Our garden represents what we are trying to do at Court Lane Allotments, complete with apple tree, beehive, pond and a variety of herbs and wild flowers to increase biodiversity, which is the ethos behind the Community Garden redevelopment. Our garden is entitled “A Tasty Little Space” and gives a snapshot of all the wonderful produce that can be grown in a small space.

We are delighted that the Edible Patches gardens have been awarded a RHS Silver Gilt medal. Members of the public are also encouraged to vote for whichever of the eight gardens is their favourite. Updated to add: We were thrilled that GWL visitors voted us their favourite of the 8 Edible Patches. We received a commemorative engraved glass dish as a prize. Thank you to everyone who voted.

Photos of the garden can be seen below and you can download design plan here.