Liebster High Five

Wow! For us? 

Late last year we recieved our plot and decided the best way to record our successes, and failures, was to write a blog. At first we didn’t care if nobody read or even noticed our blog, but we were wrong. That first ‘like’ was an amazing uplifting thing only beaten by a notice to moderate our first comment. The recognition to be nominated for a Liebster Award was like seeing that first green shoot of something we planted pop it’s curious head through the brown soil (stay away birds and rabbits). Thank you Girl in the Green Wellies for the nomination. 

So, I hear you cry, what is the Liebster award? From a quick Google search (other search engines do exist) over the Liebster award is passed around the blogging community to those who have fewer than 200 followers as a “getting to know you” tool. The rules are as follows:

1. Thank the person who nominated you, and post a link to their blog on your blog.

2. Display the award on your blog — by including it in your post

3. Answer 10 questions about yourself, which will be provided to you by the person who nominated you.

4. Nominate 5 blogs that you feel deserve the award, who have a less than 200 followers. (Note that you can always ask the blog owner this since not all blogs display this information!)

6. Create a new list of questions for the blogger to answer.

7. List these rules in your post. Once you have written and published it, you then have to:

8. Inform the people/blogs that you nominated that they have been nominated for the Liebster award and provide a link for them to your post so that they can learn about it (they might not have ever heard of it!)

Now, I know what you’re thinking. You’re thinking that this looks a bit like a chain letter. I knew it. I thought that too. But having thought about it for a while I’ve decided to graciously accept the award and would like to take the opportunity to pass forward the blogging hi-five that I received. So, here we go…

Again we would like to thank Girl in the Green Wellies for our nomination.

Here are the answers to the set of questions given to us:

1. What do you use for inspiration in the garden/allotment?  We are more trial and error gardeners although reading others blogs can spurt us on, or remind us what we should have done by now. Eventually the green house will get built. 

2. What new vegetables are you growing this year? This year we just hope to grow vegetables that we can actually pick and eat. As newbies they are all new to us. 

3. How do you control pests in the garden/allotment? So far our children haven’t been a problem and the chicken has flown the coup. However, as for other pests we haven’t a clue but have found green netting useful and I’m sure the blogging fraternity and google (others are available) will prove indespensible. 

4. What is your top tip for new vegetable growers? Just give it a go, what’s really stopping you?

5. What are your 2 favourite vegetables to grow? Garlic as it’s proving a success on the plot and potatoes which are great to watch chiting, nothing on TV now the great allotment challenge has finished. 

6. What got you interested in growing your own vegetables? As a way to ‘Dig for Distraction’ (we’ve blogged about this recently) and to grow our own as a family. 

7. Favourite music to listen too? We’re avid radio 2 listeners with a bit of brass on the side. On the plot though it’s the bird song that keeps us entertained. 

8. The one job you dislike to do at the allotment? It’s too early for us to decide this as we took over a well cared for plot. Although hedge cutting the hawthorn was painfull. 

9. Marmite. Love it or hate it? Love, love, love it – especially in warm buttery … (Sorry back now after putting some bread in the toaster) … toast. 

10. Your favourite person to garden with? Our family and of course the supervisor Robin, see our most recent post.  

Now for our nominations and questions for those nominees:

Wellies + Wheelbarrows

Batman has an Allotment 

Life finds a way

Horticultural Hobbit

Been There Dug That

And now the bit you’ve been waiting for the questions:

  1. Who is your favourite person to garden with?
  2. If I wasn’t on the allotment I’d be …
  3. Monty Don or Alan Titchmarsh?
  4. Which vegetable have you grown to like after growing your own?
  5. To dig in the rain or not?
  6. Where is the best place you go to get allotment advice?
  7. Which tool would you not be without?
  8. Music or bird song whilst on the allotment?
  9. What is your best and most successful recipe for allotment produce?
  10. Sprouts: love or hate?

Thank you, we look forward to reading your reply.  

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