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Late July on the Allotment

Allotment in the summer , August 06, 2021
Tomatoes ripening on the vine.

This is the time when everything is growing on the plot. It is also a time when weather can make big differences to your activities. Periods of sunshine and hot weather have meant extra watering and episodes of sometimes heavy rain bring out the weeds in their droves and sometimes potato and tomato blight.

Things are progressing well in the polytunnel. We had moved the polytunnel two years ago to join the half-plots into one. We were not able to put it up last year due to the lockdown restrictions but managed to do so earlier in the year, although the plastic will need further stretching at the end of the season. The tomatoes are beginning to ripen and some of the different varieties are doing well. Ailsa Craig have some good-sized trusses and have needed extra support. New varieties include Garnet, a cherry tomato variety, and a pear variety. We are still not sure of the pear as seedlings were given by a plot neighbour, although ...

A short poem/post about the allotment

Onwards friends by Rebecca Drozd , July 16, 2021
Spread of various allotment vegetables, eggs and preserves.

Nibbling our way around the plot this morning...

Pak choi

Pea shoots

Rocket

Cut and come again lettuce

Chilli's

Quail, duck, chicken eggs.

Red currants

Saving seeds from one year to plant the next.

So which seeds are best and which ones do I avoid? , Jan 21, 2021
Seeds fermenting in a jar

Growing your own vegetable from seed is one of the most enjoyable aspects of gardening. Using seeds you have saved from last year's harvest will no only give you a great sense of satisfaction but it can also save you money. You will also be able to grow your favourite varieties year-on-year.

So which seeds are best and which ones do I avoid?

The most obvious seeds to save include tomatoes, peppers, beans and peas. The plants have flowers which are self-pollinating so will grow true to type the following year. You will need to allow the seeds in all plants to fully ripen and this will take some patience.....

New year preparations

Planning and repairing, Jan 14, 2021
Chicken coop in the frost

So, January has come and it's time to begin the years preparations for the allotment. There are a number of jobs to do before the last frost of the year. We have to weed the early vegetable beds. You can find a discussion on effective weeding here.

After the beds are clear we can add the chicken manure compost we have been collecting over the year...

Winter lull

Extra images of saffron, Nov 22, 2020
Close up of saffron flowers and the stamens or fronds from the flower 1/2

So, winter is upon us and the allotment schedule is quieting down. We have a few jobs on the go for winter.

Firstly, we look after our chickens and ducks everyday. Keeping them healthy and cared for by feeding, providing water, and changing bedding...

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Rosemary cutting success and chilli update

Revisitng old plants, Nov 15, 2020
Three different rosemary cuttings

The country and world are on lockdown right now. The current advice on allotments is that you can go as part of your daily exercise. We have chickens and ducks so we have to go twice a day...

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Coronavirus update

Country on lockdown, Mar 30, 2020
Variety of different chilli plants

The country and world are on lockdown right now. The current advice on allotments is that you can go as part of your daily exercise. We have chickens and ducks so we have to go twice a day...

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Spring Seed Sowing

Spring is here time to sow, Mar 16, 2020
variety of spring seeds to plant

Spring has arrived, time to sow our seeds. We have a number of different seeds being planted today. These include tomatoes, chillis and gherkins. They are all being started off indoors in different containers...

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Planting and Harvest time cheat sheet

Two cheat sheets on when to harvest and plant, Mar 4, 2020
Cheat sheet for planting fruits and vegetables

Here are two sheets that you can print out that show what months to harvest and what months to plant. We have done one for vegetables and one for fruit. Remember to be careful in the earlier months such as January, February, March, and April. Depending on your country you may have to plant indoors and move the plants outdoors once the final frost has come for some plants...

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Joe Drozd

Hi my name is Joe and welcome to our veg growing blog showing a number of hints on growing on the allotment, updates on our allotment, and discussions on vegetable growing. We love growing our own food and decided to take on an allotment vegetable garden.

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