Monthly Archives: April 2014

Allotment Journal – Plot update

We have spent most of this week continuing to prepare the plots, digging over vegetable beds and weeding. We have also planted  the flower border and have been preparing the rhubarb bed on the orchard plot. On plot two we

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Cherry tree,  in full blossom. The fruit trees have been in blossom for about three weeks and we’ve enjoyed a rather cheery blaze of pretty white flowers on the orchard plot. The pear tree has lost most of its petals now and we

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April – MORE what we’re sowing

Courgettes and winter squashes Courgettes – Verde Di Milano, Dwarf Bush Courgette Last year we grew a variety of courgette called ‘Verde Di Milano’, a Dwarf bush courgette, from the Real Seed Catalogue. It grew huge! However, it produced plenty of

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Growing Sweetcorn

Growing sweetcorn is an absolute must each year. Shop bought sweetcorn tastes nothing like the sweet, tender freshly picked cobs from the allotment. Ideally cooked within hours of picking to maximize that sweet flavour, with lashings of salted butter. Totally

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Quince Tree

The quince tree has been planted! It looks rather magnificent. We are overjoyed. The plot is made up of heavy clay soil, so we dug lots of organic matter into a large hole to help the tree get established. We’re not

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Allotment Journal: Plot update

There’s lots going on at this time of year and we have been kept rather busy this week. We have continued to prepare vegetable beds, this time on plot 2. We have planted some seed potatoes and some shallot and onion

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  Last year’s unexpected heatwave led to an unusually early crop of some of the best quality and largest harvests of strawberries enjoyed in the past 20 years. We picked fragrant, deliciously sweet strawberries from May all the way through to September.

Posted in Fruit, Strawberries
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