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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Greenhouse Vents, Raised Beds to Bed

Lots going on outdoors and in the greenhouse. Finally got the autovents fitted and the carrot bed thinned.

Purple Peppers

Rotten Weather but a Lot Going On

An update on the plot plus some thoughts on the lockdown easing. Mystery purple peppers, all the second early potatoes harvested.

Rowan Berries

The Hedgerow Harvest

Looking at a 1942 leaflet issued by the Ministry of Food called How to Make Use of the Hedgerow Harvest. The recipes look really good!

Strange Weather in Strange Times

Strange weather patterns but we're getting there in the garden and the store cupboards are filling fast.

Elephant Garlic

Super Harvest! Potatoes, Broad Beans, Garlic, Onions

Sunday was a sunny Goldilocks day, not too hot and not too cold. So a long day outside sorting the raised beds and harvesting. Rather pleased with the results.

Pear Surprise!

Lots of crops in, masses of currants and a lovely pear surprise that made my day.

Reinvigorating Your Soil

Is your soil is in poor condition – depleted nutrients and lack of humus? What to do to improve things and reinvigorate the soil.

Growing Leeks

Fighting the weather and slugs but at least the leeks are coming along nicely!

Hispi Cabbages

Winning and Losing

Winning on some things, losing on others. It was ever thus for the gardener. Nice cabbages!

Coping with Pandemic Effects on Food Supply

One of the effects of this pandemic that is sweeping the world is to disrupt our food production and distribution systems


Taking Stock of the Plots

Following the Dig for Victory guidance for June 1945, I'm taking stock of the plots.

Brassica Cage

New Brassica Cage

Building a new protective brassica cage for the walled vegetable garden.

Potatoes Sweetcorn Patch

Sun, Sweetcorn & Beans

Burned in the sun, planted out sweetcorn and starting the French and Runner Beans

A snapshot of my greenhouses

Sometimes there's that much going on the easiest thing to do is grab what's happening on a particular day.

Fresh Strawberries

Dry, Spuds, Beans, Currants & Strawberries

We need some rain.. but things are moving along and crops coming. Reorganising the walled vegetable plot

Colleen Potatoes Polytunnel;

Polytunnel, Greenhouse & a Small Disaster

Not everything going smoothly or to plan but things are coming together!

Squash Bed

Preparing the Squash Bed

Last year I enjoyed great success with squash and pumpkins in the field plot so this year I'm further improving the soil and creating a new bed for squash.

Leek Plants

Sweetcorn, Climbing Beans, Leeks

The weather has been amazing, warm and dry, so getting on with things outside when work allows. The saga of the leeks, headbanging time!

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