Allotment Garden Diary

My diary of my attempts, success and failures growing vegetables, fruit, herbs and gardening on an allotment.sized vegetable plot with a garden as well

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Charity Volunteers Barclays

Gardening Hope for the Homeless

Northampton Charity - Hope are using gardening to help people lift themselves out of poverty and homelessness. Robin Burgess of Hope explains their work and aims.

Hispi Transplanted into Pots

Sowing – Changes to Plan

Sowing and planting started now. Some changes to the plan on second thoughts. Plans are a useful frame but don't get tied up by them.

Greenhouse in the Snow

Snow Surprise

Tuesday was supposed to have heavy rain but forecasts mean nothing to the weather gods who decided to dump a load of snow on us.

Clean Tidy Greenhouse

In the Potting Shed, Broad Beans, Setting up the Greenhouse

Spending time in the shed whilst the weather is wild, greenhouse ready for action and starting off broad beans in pots inside the propagator.

Snow Greenhouse

Cleaning the Greenhouse, Snow, Parsnip Sowing

Getting the greenhouse ready for the new season despite the freezing weather. The snow arrives, goes away and then sneaks back in the night. A new article on getting parsnips to germinate.

Planning Calendar

Sowing Plan for February 2018

My seed sowing plan for February 2018. A detailed plan of what to sow, how it is being sown and which week I plan on sowing.

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Cold Frames

Cold Frames Ready

2 coldframes, a bargain buy, constructed and modified to cope with our high winds. Set them up on the old greenhouse base.

polytunnel under snow

Polytunnels With Snow

I'd like to share a video from Richard Perkins who sustainably farms in Sweden where he discusses the benefits of a good polytunnel in a cold, snowy winter

Sorting Seeds

Sorting Seeds & Potting Shed Problem

I've been sorting out my seeds ready for the new season and trying to use very old 'stock' for microgreens. Hit a problem with the potting shed as well.

Cat and Compost Heap

How Much Compost Do You Need?

I show how to calculate the ideal compost requirement for a vegetable plot in both metric and imperial measure. It's more than you might think.

Chitting Potatoes

Planning Potatoes for 2018

I've started chitting my potatoes and produced a detailed planting and harvest plan for the different varieties. Hope the weather complies!

Solar Shed

Getting Back Out

Finally getting over the Christmas cold and getting some jobs done outside whilst the weather allows. Shed maintenance and working on WW2

Solstice Greetings!

Just a little burble as we get ready for our holiday break!

Sunshine After Rain

Too Wet to Work, Let there be Light!

The last part of November was pretty wet to say the least. December isn't being much better but I've finally got decent light in the shed

Woodchip Pile

Wonderful Woodchips & Pallets & Leeks

Another load of woodchips and how I use them. Burning pallets, fishing out nails. Leeks - progress report and mulching. A comfrey conundrum.

Leeks in Raised Bed

Gardening in the Gales

It's not that there is a lack of job, it's a lack of time when the weather isn't horrible. Sadly I can't garden in the gales, easily.

Potatoes Dead in Polytunnel

Disaster in the Polytunnel

You have to be an optimist to garden or farm. We pop seeds in the ground and hope they'll germinate. Sometimes we win but not always and today I lost.

Siberian Peashrub

Siberian Pea Tree (Siberian Peashrub) – Caragana arborescens

I've just bought some Siberian Pea Tree (Siberian Peashrub) - Caragana arborescens seeds to grow as a productive, nitrogen-fixing windbreak hedge.

Mushroom Growing

Growing Mushrooms

I've found a brilliant book on mushroom growing that tells you all you need to know. From home growing to actually building a small scale mushroom business.

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