Yearly Archives: 2014

Allotment Journal: Weekly Update

Typically we plant garlic around mid October, but the weather has been unseasonably warm this year. Garlic needs a good spell of cold weather to promote germination, but with temperatures roughly 4 degrees celsius above the average for this time of year, there’s

Posted in Allotment Journal, Garlic, Strawberries

Allotment Journal: Weekly update

The past week or so has been spent getting the plots ready for the winter. There’s been a lot of weeding, strimming, clearing and compost turning. It’s all a bit messy but it’s been rather rewarding. I’ve also been gathering seeds, runner beans,

Posted in Allotment Journal, Green manure, Leeks, Rhubarb

Weekly Journal: Weekly update

The unseasonably gloriously warm sunny weather sadly came to an end this week, and there has been a dramatic change in the weather pattern. Temperatures plummeted, literally overnight, falling from the mid 20’s down to a chilly 16 degrees celsius. Rain has also

Posted in Allotment Journal, Parsnips

Phacelia Tanacetifolia – A.k.a. Green manure

    As crops are harvested into late summer, early Autumn we are generally left with a number of empty vegetable beds over the winter months. It’s really important not to leave soil exposed as this can lead to soil erosion and

Posted in Green manure

Allotment Journal: Weekly Update

September is one of those months! It has mixed emotions for me; it’s an in-between month… there’s the excitement of harvesting this years labours and maintaining the crops that will overwinter. But once that’s done, there’s also the slight heavy

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Allotment Journal: Weekly update

After a few weeks of summer rain the sunshine has finally returned. However, the mornings and evenings are becoming much, much cooler and daylight hours are dwindling, meaning this years growing season is starting to come an end.  Saying that, we still have

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Allotment Journal: Weekly Update

This picture pretty much sums up the past week or so! The weather pattern has certainly changed. Storm clouds have rolled in and have kept the plots well watered.  There hasn’t been too much to do, it’s just a matter

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Allotment Journal: Weekly update

This week we caught the tail end of Tropical storm Bertha. Not only did she deliver a LOT of rain, she also brought exceptionally strong winds. These winds wreaked havoc, especially with the clearly structurally unsound, heavily laden legume wig-wams! The borlotti’s

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Allotment Journal: Weekly Update

It’s been another hot dry week, which has meant one thing, a lot of watering! Especially the beans. The Borlotti beans are developing well, they are beginning to fill out. It’s really important to keep them well watered during this

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Poppy Progress!

Back in May I wrote a post, Poppies are easy to grow, they say! As I mentioned, we have failed to successfully grow poppies naturally. Just the one plant last year despite scattering many, many seeds! Whilst poppies don’t like

Posted in Flowers
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