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Cottage Garden Project Plot #59

Starting Out With Dahlias

I know, I know, it’s a potentially dangerous path to follow. One that could lead to obsession or even addiction, uncontrollable impulse-purchasing and gigabytes of digital photography… but Jo and I have decided to start growing Dahlias. We’ve both always liked them and Jo’s Dad (“Gardening Guru Glyn”, as far as I’m concerned) grows them […]

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Plot #59

Our Allotment Year in Review: 2015/16 Edition

January is the traditional time to post a year-in-review piece, but for me, the start of the sowing and growing season – with the last of the previous year’s over-wintered veg crops being harvested or cleared away and the first of this year’s plants being sown and planted out – seems a good time to […]

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Greenhouse Growing Plot #59

Comparative Germination: A Few Degrees of Difference

On March 15th I sowed two batches of Beta vulgaris subsp. vulgaris – Swiss Chard ‘five colours’ – in coir pellets; two seeds (or rather, seed clusters, as per beetroot and other member of the Beta family) per pellet. One batch of six pellets was put into an unheated mini-propagator unit in our (also unheated) […]

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Plot #59

Setting Up Our Asparagus Bed, Part 3 – Drainage

With (reasonably) fine weather continuing over the weekend, I took the opportunity to finish off the essential preparation for the soon-to-be asparagus bed down on Plot #59. Quick recap on the process so far: Part 1 – Basic Preparation Part 2 – Soil Enrichment Here’s what the ground looked like before I started work: The […]

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Vitopod Pro-Tip: Maybe Invest in that Extra Level..?

Yeah, it’s cute when your cat sits on top of the toasty, warm Vitopod propagator. Well worth taking a snap and tweeting it: "A warming device for my furry butt-bits? Why thank you, how thoughtful." #vitopod #alternativeusesthereof pic.twitter.com/Z5ksZkgAIz — Darren Turpin (@nftallotment) February 9, 2016 But later on, when she decides that vermiculite smells like […]

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Greenhouse Growing

Chilli Progress: Potting on the Seedlings

Last weekend I decided the time had come to pot on this year’s successfully germinated Chilli seeds. it being around six weeks since I sowed them. Not all had germinated but I wasn’t expecting a 100% hit rate, so I wasn’t at all disappointed by the tally of 17 viable seedlings. I’d already half-filled a […]

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Plot #59

Now Sowing: Experimental Clover for Garden Organic

This morning I cleared the final stragglers – some non-producing purple sprouting broccoli and a few pigeon-knackered kale plants – from the main veg section down on Plot #59. Having found a bit of clubroot in the p.s.b. and not wanting to risk spreading it to this year’s brassicas, I decided that the newly-cleared section […]

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Greenhouse Growing

Greenhouse Pest Control, the All-Organic Way

Thanks to one of the warmest, wettest UK winters since records began, the utility area at the end of our (soon to be demolished and replaced) garage/shed, which is home to three compost bins and three large water butts, is also hosting a small, but growing (and irritating) colony of mini mosquitoes. The greenhouse just […]

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Plot #59

Green Manure on Trial for Garden Organic

When I signed up for Garden Organic‘s Heritage Seed Library earlier this year, I ticked a couple of boxes on the form to indicate my general willingness to take part in their 2016 trials programme. As well as participating in a seed-saving survey, I also said I’d like to help trial a potential new green […]

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Cottage Garden Project

Thinking Ahead – Doing Our Bit for the Bees

Jo and I are starting to plan our new, suburban Cottage Garden, with a number of key goals in mind. It has make best use of the available space, look stunning for as much of the year as possible, produce a few food crops that will supplement and add to the main work being done […]