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Allotment Journal: Weekly update….. updates

After a dry, hot June we finally got some much needed rain at the beginning of July. Being a fair weather gardener I only ventured to the allotment a couple of times during that week. Last week the weather became more settled

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Allotment Journal: Weekly update

It’s been another beautifully sunny week, and still no rain to speak of. The temperatures here on the south coast have reached the mid twenties, making it way too hot to work during the day. We’ve taken to going to the allotment either

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These tiny soft pear shaped insects are fast becoming the pest of the year. Apart from the odd black fly infestation on the globe artichokes, aphids haven’t really posed much of problem for us in the past. This year, however, aphids are out

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Weekly Journal: Plot update

Goodness, I’m sorry this post is so late, it’s been a rather busy and exhausting week and a bit…. I’ve been juggling my time between looking after the allotment and potting on all the rapidly growing seedlings at home. Also we’ve not

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Allotment Journal: Plot update

Last week was a bit of a scorcher and with long daylight hours and me watering like a crazy thing the seedlings are coming along pretty well. The seedlings I have on the go at home are also thriving. Now

Posted in Allotment Journal, Garlic

Pear scab and rust!

I’ve been thrilled that we still have pears on the trees this year, and there’s quite a few of them. However, I have noticed something rather untoward, some black patches are forming on the fruit. This is not a good sign,

Posted in Fruit, Growing problems

Allotment Journal: Plot Update

It’s stayed pretty dry this week and air temperatures have certainly ramped up, hitting the mid 20’s on a couple of occasions. With very little breeze it’s actually been too hot to work on the plots at times. I filled the water

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Goldenrod Crab Spider, Misumena Vatia

Whilst admiring and smelling the first of our sweet peas, the first to emerge was this beautiful Painted Lady, I got a bit of a shock when I came face to face with something rather alien on one of the flowers. A spider…..

Posted in Insects

Allotment Journal: Plot Update Seedlings!

This week has been all about seedlings. I grow virtually all our vegetable plants at home and take them to the allotment once they are large enough to sustain the elements and potential pests…. it’s like creating an instant allotment, simply plant in

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Growing beetroot

Beetroot is one of the vegetables we both enjoy to eat, so we always dedicate a LARGE bed to growing some. Beetroot is really easy to grow. If the soil temperature is warm enough, seeds can be sown as early as March,

Posted in Beetroot, Sowing and Growing
March 2023