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My posts about growing fruit and veg on my allotment.

Show me the beans!

“Broad beans are so easy to grow that they will even germinate on a piece of damp blotting paper, as generations of school children will testify.” The above is a quotation from one of my favourite gardening books. As I typed those words my gardening ego shrunk a little. The reason is the photographs below […]

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A crash in the garden

“Did you hear that?’ Ominous words when they describe a noise from your garden on a very windy and wet day. Next a rush to the window to explore the options. What could it be? A waterbutt falling over? That would make more of thud / splash. The garage roof being blown off? That would […]

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Sylvanian Family Allotmenting

A short fun video that shows my daughter and I enjoying the experience of growing vegetables the Sylvanian family way. Why get cold and wet outside when you can play inside in the comfort of your own home? Sylvanian family sets seem expensive to buy but our experience is that they are well made, durable […]

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Can you eat 24 cucumbers and enjoy it?

This is my first year attempting to grow cucumbers at the allotment. Last year a friendly neighbour gave us one of his home grown cucumbers so I know it’s possible. The picture below shows that the first step has been a success. A sunny window sill has worked it’s magic and we already have one […]

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Is it summer?

What a glorious weekend! On hot days I find it very difficult to remember what cold weather feels like. But it’s been more than one hot day. I’ve been cutting the grass since the beginning of March, the rain has held off now for a couple of weeks, the daffodils and tulips have arrived together […]

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Earache, internet and garlic

On Saturday night one member of my family developed severe earache. It’s a difficult situation to deal with as the person was in significant pain and given the time the only professional help available was at the hospital, and this would have meant a long, long wait at our local A&E (we know this from […]

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Inspired by worms

Yesterday I went to a business training course (unfortunately not the best use of time) but I ended up having an inspiring conversation about composting and in particular worms and wormeries. There were eight of us on the course – none of us knew each other beforehand – but by chance there was an engineer there […]

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Water music (for a gardener)

This is not Water Music in anyway relevant or comparable to Handel’s. In fact it sounds more like an aeroplane. But for a keen gardener it was just as relaxing and enjoyable, as only one day after closing my waterbutt taps a glorious rainy day has arrived to fill up two out of the three […]

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Garlic sets a good example

Allotmenting is running a little behind schedule this year due to a combination of cold weather and ill health. Whilst walking to the plot last weekend I felt apprehensive about what I would find. I knew that the currant bushes needed pruning. Also, that the chard would have finally succumbed to the elements and would […]

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Old cabbage with a happy ending

What to do with winter cabbage that has run to seed?  This is the problem I faced last weekend. I have learned not to take cabbage home I was unsure about.  Whilst stripping the outer leaves of one cabbage in my kitchen, a shower of woodlice suddenly descended upon my kitchen worktop.  Only a quick […]

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