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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Harvesting Beans, Pixies & Gardener’s Measures

Feeling a bit daft, must be a reaction to the recent good weather! Anyway, not a totally serious post.

Pixie, Bunnies and Birds

Our little cat Pixie is poorly which revealed the rabbit problem to me. Improved environment causing bird problems!

Heatwave, Tomatoes, Sowing & Harvesting

Getting as much done as possible in the heatwave. Sowing, harvesting and cultivating before it gets too hot.

Things Going Well on the Plots

Generally things are looking pretty good on the plots despite being a bit behind this year. I blame the weather.

Slugs on Lettuce

Do The New Slug Pellets Work?

Do the new ferrous phosphate organic slug pellets work as well as the old metaldehyde slug pellets? Answering the question.

Calabrese, Corn, Pest Problems

The weather's a bit like the curate's egg - good in parts! Getting on with things when the weather permits, some of the highlights.

Chemicals – Good and Bad

Some thoughts on the benefits and pitfalls of using chemicals in the garden plot. Plus a bit of advice on using them

Summer Solstice

Summer Solstice. A little explanation and a few thoughts and observations on the longest day of the year.

Squash Crown Prince

Planting Pumpkins & Squash

We're planting out the pumpkins and squashes that I've grown in pots in the sheltered environment of the greenhouse.

Polytunnel, Dripline, Fertiliser

The dripline watering system is running well now I've got it worked out,. Polytunnel is being very productive. Mixing my own fertiliser.

Self-Watering Wicking Pot Experiment

Experimenting with making an ultra low-cost wicking pot system for tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers etc.

growing questions answers

Whitefly, & Weedkiller Woes

Answering a question about whitefly and a problem from using weed and feed on the lawn grass.

Strawberries Galore!

Now the weather has turned and we're getting on with things outside. Harvesting has started! Kilos of lovely strawberries.

Mantis Tiller Serviced

I've had my Mantis Tiller serviced, which was expensive but worth it.  They're a great machine, lightweight and versatile but a few problems.

Sweet Peppers, Bad Weather Arrives

I've lost my touch with peppers so I've bought some rather fine plants from the garden centre. Oh the shame!

Sweetcorn, Tomatoes, Potatoes

Sweetcorn getting planted, tomatoes in the greenhouse and polytunnel borders and very soon new potatoes for the table.

Sweetcorn, Tomatoes & Beans

Despite the poor weather and my bad back, getting some tasks sorted.

Dripline Watering, planting, back trouble

Installing dripline watering systems into the polytunnel. Planting out tomatoes undercover despite the cool weather. Back problems.

Prof. W J Beal in classroom

How long can seeds in the ground remain viable

An experiment started in 1879 is showing how long weed seeds can remain viable for in the ground. The results are surprising.

Slugs on Lettuce

Natural Slug & Snail Controls Tested

Slugs and snails, words to bring fear to any gardener's heart! It's been a good year in the endless slug war so far but warm wet weather is ideal for the slimy devils. What to do?

July 2021

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