Tag: grow food

C is for Carrot

My first year growing carrots on Plot 5 has been a success. The roots are generally a good size although some are on the small side because I forgot to thin some of the rows out. Still, they’re lovely clean carrots and most importantly taste good. The variety is ‘Autumn King’ which is a favourite

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All Hail the Brassica!

Winter creeps ever closer and this is the time of year when brassicas become the stars of the allotment. All summer long they’re out of sight, tucked under mesh to protect from Cabbage White butterflies and whitefly. I admire the beauty of winter greens now, not just on my plot but others too. They stand

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Sunny September

Blue skies and warm sunshine continue to bless the allotment this month, ripening pumpkins and slowly crisping leaves. As summer begins to shift towards autumn the colour palette of my allotment changes daily, I’m enjoying the fine weather and peace while it’s here. The pumpkin patch is heaving, I’ve grown the biggest pumpkin yet and

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Runner Beans Are Go!

I’ve taken the plunge and planted out runner beans. Usually I like to wait until May is out but forecast for my region looks good for day and night temperatures into June with no sign of a late frost (hopefully). Plus they were threatening to strangle me. Released from their pots they’re free to sprawl

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Glorious May Sunshine

Glorious sunshine replaced the heavy downpours of last week, the ground is dry again and it’s hard to believe it ever rained at all. Today started off sunny and warm but it’s beginning to cloud over now, forecast for tomorrow is cloudy and perhaps the chance of rain before getting warmer from Sunday onwards. Plot

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