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Plot #59

Now Sowing: Leeks and Broad Beans

There’s always a temptation – one I admit I succumbed to when I first started growing – to start sowing seeds at what seems to be the earliest possible opportunity. We get that first warm(ish) weekend in mid-February or early March, when surely Spring can only be a few days around the corner, and the […]

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Plot #59

Setting Up Our Asaparagus Bed, Part 2 – Soil Enrichment

With the weather taking a turn for the brighter and drier this week, I’ve been able to put in a few more hours on the Plot #59 asparagus bed to-be. After the basic preparation phase – an initial dig-over to remove as much rubbish weed root and rhizome as possible – the next phase involved […]

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Plot #59

Setting Up Our Asaparagus Bed, Part 1 – Basic Preparation

The first big project for this year on Plot #59 is the planting out of an asparagus bed. Now, this is a serious matter. Actually, that’s worth capitalising – it’s a Serious Matter. Asparagus (Asparagus officinalis) is a long-term crop with a long-term return on investment, providing the job’s done properly. Everything I’ve read on […]

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Plot #59

A Head Start for the Onions

Last year I grew a decent crop of onions from sets – a gift from one of the old boys down the allotment who ended up with more than he could use – and they did rather well. So this year I decided to go ahead and buy my own sets and have another go. […]

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Greenhouse Growing

We Have Germination! The Chillis Are Coming…

Always one of my favourite moments of the growing season: the appearance of the first seedlings of the year. A small start, but so much promise of harvests to come. Here we have germination from seven of the twelve cayenne chilli seeds that I sowed on January 26th. They’re about three days above-ground in this […]

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Harvest Monday Plot #59

Harvest Monday for February 8th 2016

Another wet and windy week gone by, with a short window of opportunity on Sunday to get down to the plot and pick up a few veggies. This week, I picked a few more smallish leeks, cut down our one half-decent stem of (nevertheless still a bit small and manky) sprouts, and then grabbed a […]

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Cottage Garden Project Monthly Updates

Cottage Garden Project Update: January 2016

Well, I say “update”, but there’s really not much activity to report. Earlier in the month our back yard had a light covering of snow: …which all-but disappeared overnight. Otherwise though, it’s been as soggy as the allotment. Floral Displays We do have a few early flowers in the pots that we brought with us […]