Monthly Archives: April 2014

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.

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Flower borders

  We think it’s really important to have a border of flowers to attract butterflies, bee and other pollinating insects. Here are some of the plants we have in our flower borders. Rozanne – Geranium The geranium ‘Rozanne’ was announced

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Quince Blossom

Thrilled. Our young quince tree is blossoming!

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April – What we’re sowing

April is one of the busiest months of the sowing calendar; it’s a seed sowing frenzy! With the soil warming up, it’s possible to direct sow, but given previous experience I sow a lot of seeds at home. This speeds up germination

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Making way for a Quince tree

The orchard plot has five established dwarf root stock fruit trees, one of which is rather unpromising. The one above, a small cherry tree, that did absolutely nothing last year. After a recent visit to the local garden centre we stumbled

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Not only does the seaside’s salty sea air cause metal to erode…but the garlic is also rusting!   The winter months were extremely wet, and relatively mild, and it’s been unseasonably warm over the past week. With the addition of low levels of

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The fruit trees are in full blossom. Bees are visiting. Not saying a word, just keeping everything crossed!!!!

Posted in Pruning
April 2014