Incredible Crops I’m Growing in 2019: Vital Seeds

Last month, while wading through the gloom of January and wishing for an early spring, my spirits were raised when I received a message from a man named Fred. Continue reading “Incredible Crops I’m Growing in 2019: Vital Seeds”

Sowing Sweet Peas in January again

This is the second year I’ve grown sweet peas. The first was a disaster.

It all started so well. The peas were sown in October, germinated swiftly and grew with incredible energy.

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11 Must Grow Vegetables in 2019: Allotment gardeners reveal their favourite crops

Tell me if I’m wrong? The Christmas spirit has gone. The sound of auld lang syne has long stopped reverberating in the eardrums. The seed catalogues are now your new best friend?

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Embracing autumn on the allotment

There’s no pretending anymore. That everlasting summer has gone and autumn has arrived.

In fact, as I write, I realise winter has already opened the gate and is sneaking up the garden path. It will soon knock its frosty fingers on the door. Continue reading “Embracing autumn on the allotment”

Love Garlic? Then you have to grow your own

My kitchen without garlic is an empty, soulless place.

History is absolutely on my side with this perspective. Garlic has been worshipped throughout the course of humankind. Continue reading “Love Garlic? Then you have to grow your own”

5 Reasons to pause and reflect on the allotment garden

I’ve learned it’s important to take a step back and reflect. I noticed this with my writing a while back. After hours (with some posts) or days (with many others) of writing down the words and ideas in my head, I’d often feel incredibly jumbled up.

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Allotment Garden: May and Mixed emotions

There are many things I’ve learned since ‘finding’ gardening.

Of most significance is how in tune with the environment I’ve become. Detecting both the slow intimate changes, and the explosion of them when they takes place.

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3 ways to manage weeds in the allotment garden

With the pleasure of spring, comes pain.

Weeds are one of the top bugbears of the allotment gardener’s life. As a group, we complain about these plants as often as the British population as a whole grumble about the weather.

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