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Lifting This Year’s Garlic

Last week I decided to lift the bulk of this year’s garlic crop. It’s technically a little early – according to a recent email from The Garlic Farm, at least – but as you can see below, one variety was quite badly hit with allium rust and I’d spotted signs of onion white rot in […]

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Plot #59

Asparagus Update

It’s out first year of growing asparagus on Plot #59 and whilst we won’t be able to harvest anything until the 2018 growing season, we’ve been keeping a close eye on the plants’ development and we’re pretty pleased with what we’ve seen so far. Every crown bar one sprouted not long after planting, and the […]

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A Quick Mid-June Plot #59 Photo Update

Phew! That’s the exams done and dusted. Until I start the next RHS Level Two course in September and sit the next set of exams in February 2017, that is. My pre-exam weekend was spent down the allotment, on the grounds that I’d already crammed about as much into my head as was going to […]

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RHS Level 2 Exams Imminent

Since January this year I’ve been studying to take the examinations for the RHS Level 2 Certificate in Plant Growth, Propagation and Development. Those exams are coming up on Monday and I’ve been revising like crazy of late, hence the recent lack of blog updates. That’s likely to remain the case until the middle of […]

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Plot #59

Dahlia Update: First Flowers

Not just the first flowers of the season, either. Our first ever Dahlia flowers, courtesy of tubers that we bought from J. R. G. Dahlias back in March. The three ‘topmix’ cultivars – ‘red’, ‘purple’ and ‘mama’ – have been the first to flower; we’re still waiting on ‘Christmas Carol’ and ‘Don Hill’ to do […]

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Harvest Monday Plot #59

Harvest Monday for June 6th 2016

It’s been a while since I posted a Harvest Monday piece, mainly because about all we were harvesting from Plot #59 from February through until early May was the last of last year’s leeks. But finally, I have something new to report. Garlic Scapes As seasonal delicacies go, you can’t get much more seasonal than […]

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Cottage Garden Project

We Have a New Shed

Earlier this week, the lads from Cocklestorm turned up with the best flat-pack kit ever: a 4.8m x 2.4m pent-roofed, heavy duty, custom-spec shed. Two opening windows, plus doors at either end for extra ventilation (we’ll be using it as a potting shed as well as for storage, once we’ve got everything properly organised). Just […]

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Monthly Updates Plot #59

Plot #59 Update: May 2016

May was a manic month down on Plot #59, and no mistake. My plate is particularly full at the moment with revision for my RHS Level 2 exams in mid June, so please do excuse me if I whizz through this month’s update. Projects / Maintenance As well as sorting out an old compost bed […]

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Cottage Garden Project

Cottage Garden Project Update: May 2016

At last! After a few months of not much to report, we have something to talk about on the Cottage Garden Project front. Planning Jo (project lead, chief plantswoman) and I (general dogsbody, occasional suggestions) have spent a fair bit of time chatting ideas back and forth and have come to a general consensus. We […]