Shoots and Storms

As I sit writing this blog from my warm bed storm Dennis lashes the front of my house, the sound of the wind and rain is rather scary and I’m thankful I’m not outside. This is the second named storm this month to batter the UK, just last weekend storm Ciara arrived bringing gales and

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Chitting Seed Potatoes

Seed potatoes are readily available from garden centres and seed merchants from early January offering many different varieties to chose from. Produced to be disease-free they offer the best possible start with growing your own potatoes. Chitting seed potatoes simply means encouraging them to sprout before planting, you can start chitting seed potatoes approximately six

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Plot 11b

new allotment

Last summer I spoke to the site secretary about taking on the abandoned half plot that backs onto mine provided nobody on the list wanted it, the deadline for rents arrived and I was told the previous tenant hadn’t renewed but a potential new tenant viewed it and was interested so I put it to

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Planting Raspberries

Snacking on juicy raspberries warm from the sun is a true joy, Plot 5 now has a raspberry bed and I can’t wait to pick the very first berries, the variety I planted on my allotment is ‘Polka’ which is autumn fruiting. Space is limited on my plot so I can only plant one type

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A New Year on the Allotment

Happy New Year fellow allotmenteers and gardeners! It’s rather exciting, entering a new year on the allotment. This time last year I visited my newly acquired and overgrown plot frequently, wrapped up against the cold I managed to get quite a bit done even though it was hard going at times. I won’t lie, it’s

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