Reaping the Rewards

6 July 2016: We arrived back from holiday to find lots of produce ready or almost ready to eat. We picked a large bowl of strawberries which have an amazing taste. Old varieties of
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The Chelsea Chop

17 June 2016: The Chelsea Chop is normally reserved for flowers when gardeners want to delay flowering, but I’m going to give my mint a short back and sides. Although it’s grow
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Almost Planted Up

3 Jun 2016: The allotment is now almost fully planted up and we are looking forward to crops of potatoes, broad beans, onions, celery, chard, beetroot, parsnips, sweet corn, French
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Starting to Harvest

8 May 2016: The lettuce that I planted out a few weeks ago are now growing madly and I’m starting to pick leaves for our lunchtime salads. The plants are not big yet but because
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Waste Not, Want Not

15 April 2016: The broad beans and red onions have now been planted out and covered with netting to protect them from the birds. We have a collection of small lengths of plastic pi
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More Planting

30 March 2016: My husband is the main planter and looks after the allotment with a little interference from me. I have a tiny plot in the back garden where I’m in charge of growi
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Pigeons and Perpetual Cabbage

22 March 2016: We have put the potatoes in at the allotment. They are second-earlies so we are a little early planting and we will have to make sure we cover any shoots with fleece
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Broad Beans and Cavolo Nero

25 February 2016: We are eating the last of our Cavolo Nero kale but watching with interest as the plants start to go to seed. Last year we went away just as the Cavolo Nero was fi
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