Seen at The Festival of the Tree

...if you would be happy all your life, plant a garden ~ Chinese proverb

Veg Plotting and Me

Hello! Can you see me? Life can feel like a giant glitter ball sometimes 

Photo of Michelle Chapman - Veg Plotting's author and freelance writer, blogger and social media provision
That's better, now you can see me properly
Hello and welcome! My name's Michelle and I've been chatting away in the guise of VP since 2007. Thanks for visiting Veg Plotting and I hope you enjoy your time here. I thought you might like to know a little more about me and the blog before you go on to explore further.

I'm a freelance writer, distance carer and subversive soprano from Chippenham, Wiltshire. 

Previously I've been a student (twice - mature and immature), a very uncivil civil servant, scientist, project manager, charity worker (science, events management and education), business analyst and a freshwater biologist. All of that gives me the perfect background for life as a blogger.

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

I'm lucky blogging gave me the opportunity to be a freelance writer, and I find it's a great way to learn my craft. I blog for Gabriel Ash and Reader's Digest, plus I look after Connect Group plc's Community blog. I also look after social media for the Garden Media Guild and the online PR for West Green House Garden. I've been in print with The Guardian, The Independent and various local and specialist magazines.

Here's the full list of my Published Articles to Date, or you can go directly to a specific part of my writing via the My Other Scribblings links in the sidebar on the left.

It's always nice to have a bit of special blog bling:
 Here's a little something from the Garden Media Guild; also awarded in 2012, 2013 & 2014 

Here's a little bit more about me and my loved ones...

The elusive NAH
aka Non-allotmenteering Husband
I'm no expert: you'll find this blog is about my discovering new things about gardening and working things out. Perhaps I should have called this blog The Experimental Gardener.

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 amongst other things we looked at soil and its formation in great detail. 

I finally got the gardening bug when we moved to our current home 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've returned to the inspiration of those early studies.

Then my husband (Non-Allotmenteering Husband aka NAH) was ill for a while and I became concerned about the food we eat. As a result I took on an allotment in 2003 where I grow pretty much anything, except for most brassicas as NAH won't touch them. We're talking about someone who only liked peas when we first met. 

Some further introductory information you might like to read:

Skimble & Jess

And now for my blogging philosophy...

I love your comments, especially when this triggers a conversation. 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 things 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 and are my copyright. 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 sourced via Wikimedia; in these instances the source and the photographer are credited.

I have a limited amount of sidebar advertising and post sponsorship. They cover my blogging costs and they haven't stopped my independence. 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 how I aim 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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