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

Propagators with Grow Lights

What is even better than a Vitopod?

A bit of a trick question - there are 2 answers! Looking at the improvements in the Ultimate Vitopod.

Organised Polytunnel

Playing & Polytunnel

Regenerative farming, organising the polytunnel and writing magazine articles

Walled Vegetable Plot

Progress on the Plot

Some beautiful weather has given me the chance to get a lot done outside. It's easy to forget it's early spring and not midsummer.

change of mind

Changing My Ways

As we get older we get stuck in our ways and on that basis I must be getting younger! The fact is I've had to change quite a few of my ways recently.

Spring in the Garden

Get out in the Garden: Spring jobs to be doing around the garden

The sun is shining, the birds are chirping and the trees are beginning to bloom which can only mean it’s time to resurrect your garden.

Texel Sheep

Keeping Ahead in Good Weather

A few days of good weather and we're getting ahead with the jobs. The Texels are back so we know spring is definitely here.

Propagator Thermostat

Cheap Thermostat Control for Propagators

A cheap Chinese thermostat controller for my propagators - but does it do the job? Sowing a new leek developed by champion grower and moving the peppers on

Spring Daffodils

Spring Equinox

From now, spring or vernal equinox, until the autumn equinox the days will be longer than the nights in the Northern Hemisphere.

Sheet Composting

Progress on the Plot

The weather has been on and off but we've made a fair bit of progress on the plot. Things are moving faster now and we're looking forward to a good season.

Digging New Plot

Re-thinking No-Dig Systems

Some thoughts on no-dig versus digging as rain halts double digging of the new veg plot. Sowing broad beans and bunching spring onions.

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Geopod with Lights On

Geopod Propagator with Grow Lights & Storm Doris Cleanup

Looking at my new Geopod propagator, how much does it cost to run horticultural lights and is it worth it. Plus the aftermath of Storm Doris

Storm Doris

Storm Doris Hits

We've survived storm Doris with very little damage but it was a close run thing with the greenhouse which I thought I was going to lose at one point.

Mystery Potatoes

Mystery Amazing Potatoes

A seed potato fell under the bench. A year later it was planted out into pots and amazingly not only did it grow but also produced some tubers!

Walled Garden

Work Continues, Japanese Hoe, Long Handled Trowel

I'm trying a Japanese hand hoe and a British long handled planting trowel out, planting garlic and work continues on the new walled vegetable plot.

Seedlings in Geopod

Orchard Planting Finished, Germination, Storm

Finished planting up the orchard with 2 damsons, seeds germinating really well in the propagators and a massive storm blows and blows

Geopod Alight at Night in Shed

Sowing Starts in Earnest

Stormy weather, mending damaged propagators and sowing seeds ready for the new season. Making use of the growlights on the Geopod.

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Geopod Propagator Full

Sowing & Planting Starts

It may be early in the season but not too early with the polytunnel and propagators equipped with grow lights to start sowing and planting

Inside Polytunnel

Path Finished, Polytunnel Ready to Plant

Some good weather has let us get cracking - the polytunnel is ready to plant and the path to it is finished. Getting ready for the poultry

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