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Plot #59

To De-Scape or Not to De-Scape?

I’ve given up on growing garlic (for the time being at least) due to a few years’ poor results, but I am still growing elephant garlic…

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Plot #59

A Good Shallot Harvest This Year

I’ve been growing and saving a few ‘Hative de Niort’ and ‘Jermor’ for propagation every year for the past few, and this year we’ve had a bumper harvest…

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Plot #59 Trials and Observations

Super Composter Trial – July 2019 Update

Here’s a quick update on the Super Composter trial that I’m participating in for the folks at SoilFixer this year.

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Greenhouse Growing Plot #59 Trials and Observations

Growbag Trial: the Tomatoes Are In

This year I’m trialling the new SylvaGrow Peat-Free Planter from Melcourt, one of which I was very kindly sent for the purpose.

Last weekend I set the planter up in the allotment greenhouse, alongside a control / comparison in the form of a bog-standard growbag…

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Trials and Observations

Super Composter Trial: Filling the Bins

This growing season I’m trying out the Super Composter – a new hot composting system from the folks at SoilFixer – and having set up the Super Composter very quickly and easily at the weekend, today I filled both it and the control bin with the first load of compostables.

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Plot #59

Man vs. Bindweed

It’s that time of year when, unfortunately, our plot neighbour’s bindweed patch really hits its stride. Here’s my latest attempt to combat the pernicious perennial, or the start of one at least…

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Plot #59

Meet the Plot #59 Composter Squad

Over the past few years we’ve salvaged from skips, scrounged, been given, or even bought (just the one, as it happens) a handy selection of plastic compost bins. Here’s the current line-up:

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Advice Plot #79 Recommendations

How To: (Hopefully) Prevent an Orchard Aphid Nightmare

I think 2019 is shaping up to be the Year of the Aphid. It seems like the sap-sucking pests are everywhere at the moment: all over the Aqualegias in the back garden, on the onion seedlings in the greenhouse and in a particular nasty manifestation, infesting one or two of the trees in the Plot #79 allotment orchard…

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Trials and Observations

Super Composter Trial: Setup

As I mentioned recently, I’m trialling the Super Composter – a new hot composting system from the folks at SoilFixer – and Saturday was setup day down on Plot #59.

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A Simple (and Stink-Free) Recipe for Comfrey Tea

Comfrey tea, or comfrey fertiliser, is an all-organic, easy to make plant food that provides excellent nutrition, especially for flowering and fruiting plants.

When I make comfrey tea I use a method that was told to me by no-dig guru Charles Dowding and it goes something like this…