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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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Advice

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

Here’s a quick an easy recipe for a no-added-water comfrey tea fertiliser that packs plenty of goodness without the usual stink.

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Trials and Observations

Allotment Trials and Tests – Two for 2019

I have to admit, I can be a bit of a magpie when it comes to new growing methods, plants and products. Over the past few years I’ve sown or planted and attempted to grow all sorts of new and intriguing food crops (oca, yacon, Chinese artichoke, cucamelons, tomatilloes, goji berries, wonderberries, to name but a few…)

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Home Growing Jobs for the Month Plot #59 Plot #79

Allotment Jobs for May 2019

We’ve had a soggy old start to the month, but never mind. The ground could do with a soaking, and there’s drier weather ahead, according to the forecast.

Here’s our general action plan for May, once the weather sorts itself out a bit…

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Orcharding Plot #59

It’s Fruit Blossom Time

Blossom Time is one of my very favourite times of the year, when fruit trees and bushes are filled with the simple beauty of their un-fussy flowers and the promise of good, fruity things to come.

Here’s a quick gallery of some of the fruit blossom I’ve been thoroughly enjoying of late.

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Jobs for the Month

Allotment Jobs for April 2019

April has started with a minor cold snap – nothing too drastic, but just enough to remind you that when the planting advice says “after all risk of frost has passed” we haven’t reached that point just yet, and might not until the end of the month. Hardier plants only for now, folks. Here’s a […]

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Sowing and Propagating

How To: Divide and Re-Pot Your Mint Plants

Now is the time of year when your over-wintered, potted mint plants will be waking up and starting to put on new growth. That means it’s a great time to check your plants for winter damage, re-pot them in fresh compost, and take stem cuttings for propagation in the process. Here’s a quick example of […]

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Sowing and Propagating

2019 Seed Sowing So Far

One thing Jo and I have definitely learned over the last 5 or so years of growing our own fruit and veg from seed: sowing too early rarely rewards you with the early crops you’re hoping for, unless you’re very lucky, or have a very good propagation setup. Yes, it’s tempting to get going just […]

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Sowing and Propagating

How To: Propagate a Japanese Wineberry

A few years ago, I saw Japanese Wineberry (Rubus phoenicolasius) growing in the walled garden at Beningborough Hall. It was an incredible thing: a mass of thick, red, spiny stems, arcing out in all directions from a central crown. And they had a single specimen for sale in the plant shop: mine! It’s taken a […]