Veg Plotting and Me

Hello! Can you see me?

Hello and welcome! Thanks for reading Veg Plotting and I hope you enjoy what you see and come back for more. I thought you might like to know a little more about me and the blog before you go on to explore further.

My name's Michelle and I've been chatting away here in the guise of VP since 2007.

How many roles can a person have in a lifetime? So many, it can feel like being inside a giant glitterball sometimes, hence my choice of avatar.

These are some of the roles I've managed to chalk up so far... a child, wife, friend, aunt, sadly not a parent, student (twice - mature and immature), a very uncivil civil servant, scientist, project manager, charity worker (science, events management and education), business analyst, freshwater biologist... 

Now I'm a subversive soprano, a distance carer and a freelance writer. 

Blogging gave me the opportunity to be a freelance writer, and I find it's a great way of learning my craft. I currently blog for Gabriel Ash and I look after Connect Group plc's Community blog, plus I look after social media for the Garden Media Guild. I've also written for The Guardian, The Independent and various local and specialist magazines - check out the sidebar on the left for more examples and links to my writing.

Who knows what else might be in store? It's an exciting time and I feel very lucky.

When I set up Veg Plotting, I fully intended it to be a blog about my allotment. However, I soon realised too many other interesting things were crowding in which I needed to talk about, and so my plot is my place of inspiration nowadays as well as providing some of the subject matter. 

It's always nice to have a bit of special blog bling:
 here's a little something from the Garden Media Guild, which also happened in 2012 & 2013 :)

Here's a little bit more about me, my loved ones and where I live...

I'm no expert: you'll find this blog is about my discovering new things about gardening or working things out for myself, especially as I like to try something new each year. 

No-one in particular gave me a love of the soil at an early age, though I did end up studying Agricultural and Environmental Science for my first degree, where we looked at soil and its formation in great detail amongst a whole host of other fascinating things. 

I finally got the gardening bug when we moved to our current home in Chippenham in 1999 owing to the challenge of a 15 x 15 metre plot on a 1 in 10 slope with a limestone clay soil. I feel I'm returning to the inspiration of those early studies.

Then a few years ago my husband (Non-Allotmenteering Husband aka NAH) was ill for a while and I became concerned about the food we eat. So I took on an allotment in 2003 which I've been cultivating ever since. I grow pretty much anything on there, apart from most brassicas as NAH won't touch them - we're talking about someone who only liked peas when we first met. 

My blog header picture is part of a view from our house and the rainbow represents future possibilities and my varied interests which I'll be writing about.

Some further introductory information you might like to read:

And now for my blogging philosophy...

I love your comments, especially when this triggers a discussion amongst you, me and other readers. If you have problems in leaving a comment, please do get in touch via vegplotting at gmail dot com or the contact form at the bottom of this page, so I can get the problem sorted.

Your questions are welcome and I'll answer them in the comments, though sometimes they'll deserve a post of their own. 
You might like to see what I wrote about the information given in blogs and my approach to answering questions. 

As well as talking about my own experiences, I like to provide links to good quality information should you wish to know more.

Nearly all the photos you see are taken by me especially for the blog post in which they appear. These are my copyright and are deliberately a relatively low resolution. Photos in the few guest posts I have are usually supplied by the guest blogger, are credited to them and are their copyright. There's a handful which I've sourced via Wikimedia. In these instances the source and the photographer are credited.

I have a limited amount of advertising in the right sidebar. This is purely to cover the costs of my blogging activities and won't be harming my independence or content in any way. This also applies to anything I get to review: I'll tell you if it's good or bad. I wrote a blog post about why I'm accepting adverts and how I aim to continue to Blog with Integrity if you'd like to know more.

If you'd like to get in touch, you can reach me through: vegplotting at gmail dot com, or the contact form at the bottom of this page. 

Now dive into the blog and enjoy yourself!

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