John Stoa creating a masterpiece!

 

Allotment Gardening
City Road Allotment Gardens in Dundee

Allotment gardening is a wonderful leisure activity which gives great rewards with a wee bit of excercise.
John has aquired an allotment garden on Dundee's City Road Allotment site to grow and experiment with a wide range of fruit, flowers and vegetables. The site is also full of interesting corners worthy of a painting.

In his first year he managed to get bumper crops with a wealth of fruit and flowers even although he had a late start. Follow my weekly gardening diary on my The Scottish Artist and his Garden blog.

John rented an allotment at City Road Allotment Gardens in Dundee with a view to experiment with growing Saskatoons, a new fruit crop in UK. You can see his progress on his Saskatoon page.

John started clearing rubbish, brambles, old fence lines, rubble, rocks and a lot of broken glass in March, then put in new paths surfaced in bark chips. Cultivations in March and April included digging in ample bags of Discovery garden compost which Dundee city council make from the towns gardening waste. It comes ready to use and is quite cheap. It is perfect for organic gardening, breaks up clay soils and adds humus to sandy soils helping to retain moisture in our dry summers.

Another very popular method of increasing the humus content of the soil is to grow mustard at the end of summer for any areas cleared of crops, eg broad beans, onions, peas, summer cabbage, and sweet corn then crush down the plants at flowering then dig in.

It certainly helped John's crops of vegetables, fruit and flowers to grow in abundance.



 

 

Hollyhocks on the allotment garden
My Allotment garden in summer as an acrylic painting
Hollyhocks (SOLD)
My Allotment (SOLD)

Watching them grow in the new allotment garden

Summer Allotment Garden with californian poppies

Watching them grow amongst spring
flowering Iceland Poppies
Poppy Fields is an acrylic painting
Size 20 x 16 inches
Available framed at £450
spring allotment gardening with vegetables and fruit
Early summer flowers on the allotment garden
Spring vegetables and fruit
Early summer flowers on the allotment garden

John has found this allotment garden site a treasure trove of very attractive settings perfect for a series of paintings. He has completed several canvas shown above and now available to buy . His latest one is City Road Allotment in Winter, seen here.


City Road Allotment

John's Studio
17a Menzieshill Road, Dundee, DD2 1PS Scotland UK

tel: 01382 665879 or email johnstoa@blueyonder.co.uk

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TOP AWARD 2008

John entered his allotment plot into the councils allotment competition , part of the Britain in Bloom competition and was delighted to win the top award for the best plot in Dundee.

John puts his success down to his innovations of growing crops normally seen in warmer climates, eg figs, grapes and Saskatoons. John has a balance of fruit flowers and vegetables and a very productive compost heap.