Recipes Section - 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

Costa Beaches under Snow

Courgette Shortage

Courgettes have vanished from our supermarket shelves due to the unusual cold weather in southern Spain and Italy. But is this really such a bad thing?

Chitting Potatoes

Potato Chitting Time

The seed potatoes are here and laid out in seed trays in the potting shed to start chitting. With first earlies at least it gets them off to a flying start

Path Vegetable Garden

New path through the vegetable garden

Laying a new path using concrete slaps through the vegetable plot to the polytunnel. Less of a death trap than the slippy pieces of slate it replaces.

Manure Heap

Muck, Muck, Glorious Muck

A 2 tonne trailer load of rotted down sheep manure arrives - ready for next season's potatoes & brassica crops. A bit about gardening then and now.

Draft polytunnel layout

Planning the Polytunnel Interior & Progress

I've made a good start on getting the polytunnel into action. Roughly planned how it is going to be laid out inside and the main borders have been dug over.

Germinated Seeds

Germination Test Results, New Fence & Trees

Results from my seed germination testing - better than expected! New fencing to protect planting of a row of Rowan trees.

Bedfordshire Champion Onions

Up to Date Onions & National Seed List

The onion Up to Date was said to be that strong that eating it raw gave breath that could blister paint! Killed off by the National Seed List in 1973

Germination Testing Seeds

Seed Sorting, Germination Testing & Ordering

Sorting out the seeds prior to ordering and germination testing to see if the seeds in stock are still viable and worth sowing.

Quadgrow Planter

Double Yield from Tomatoes

A new method of growing tomatoes, the Quadgrow planter, is said to double the yield of fruits per plant. I'll be testing this claim out.

Geopod Propagator

Merry Christmas, New Toys & A Smile

A tale of show growing folk that made me smile and a new propagator with grow lights to get things going really early this year and seasons greetings to all

My Polytunnel

Building a Polytunnel

Building a polytunnel. The construction of my 16 x 24 polytunnel in challenging December Welsh weather. The job took about 12 hours.

Finished Benching

Benching Finished in Potting Shed

Finished building the benching in the potting shed, which is made from a frame and 12mm marine plywood tops. Total cost for made to measure - 40 pounds

Grass Field

Decided on a Polytunnel

The only answer to beat the Welsh weather is to grow under cover, So a polytunnel is on the way and hopefully reduce the challenges to growing her for me.

Lights in Shed

Power to the Potting Shed

Having got the main power cable through to my Swallow potting shed on Sunday, on Tuesday I decided to get things wired up. I went through my bits but as is always the way, I’ve loads of things I don’t
John Harrison with potatoes on allotment

Are Allotment Growers Irrational?

Having an allotment and growing veg is irrational. It’s much easier to work for a wage, and then buy your fruit and veg from a supermarket - Discuss!

Barry Marshall

Competition Entries & Results

We had some fantastic entries for our competition asking why people grow their own and sending some wonderful photos of their plot.

Potting Shed

Tidying Up, Power to the Shed

Tidying up the sheds takes longer than expected, running electricity to the potting shed via an extension cable.

Gardener Knife

Win £50 for Christmas Gifts

competition to win 50.00 off Christmas gifts closes 13th December 2016

Rainbow Over Allotments

Weather Variations in Britain

Some thoughts about the weather variations we have in Britain and the way our climate is changing compared to the past.

Ripening Tomatoes

Getting Better, Slowly

The torn calf muscle starting to heal. Last of the tomatoes indoors to ripen and plans for putting power in the potting shed and greenhouse

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