Sowing Onions In February

It was a rainy day at the allotment,  but after a few weeks of doing nothing but tidy up it felt great to actually put seed in the soil.  I’m trying to grow onion from seed rather than from sets, as last year my onion sets rotted over the winter months.  I’m hoping by planting […]

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Spring is coming

Daffodils are now showing in the tiny bed we have next to the house. These produce a nice display each year, always too short, but what I really like is that it announces the start of spring, of blossom and tulips, longer days and blue sky’s and even some warm weather. It’s the start of […]

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Preparing for summer fruit

It was hard work today at the allotment !  I have one strip about 2.5m wide and 13m long in which I keep all my blackcurrant,  red currant, white currant,  raspberry and goosberry plants.  The trouble is the whole strip used to be wild with brambles,  and left bare the brambles and an enormous quantity […]

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Best kept weed in town ?

I hope not !  Last summer I thought I had a great suprise.  Earlier in the summer I had waited for my green gooseberries to turn red.  When the green gooseberries grew and grew and then fell off, I then checked my planting plan and realised the red gooseberry bush was planted elsewhere.  My mistake […]

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Tomato season starts

Frost is still on the ground and the days are very short, but today I’ve started my attempt to have tomatoes ripe for June / July. My plan: a sunny window sill till April, a tomato tent from April – outside the shed – to protect from late frosts, and then lots of pruning to […]

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Christmas Dinner 2010

Potatoes and parsnips from the allotment to complement gammon,  accompanied by bread pudding, supermarket carrots, sprouts and beetroot :(,  plus stuffing (with homegrown garden herbs, allotment garlic and onion) and gravy.  Delicious !!

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Sweet parsnips

Having eaten these parsnips (roasted) freshly dug from the snow and ice, my personal view is that it is true that parsnips taste sweeter after a really hard frost. The biggest problem was finding them in the ground when the snow and ice had covered up where they were ! Sent from my iPad

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