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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Coping with the rain

All this rain we're having causes no end of problems for the gardener. Some suggestions to help.

River Flooding Drowning Cars

Awful Weather but Life Continues

Pretty grim weather, grow bag waterer and starting peas and beans under heat in the new greenhouse.

Sowing Peas

Time to start sowing

It's time to start some serious sowing and growing. Here's what I'm sowing now.

Sweetcorn Under Cloches in April

Growing Under Cloches

Prompted by a question from a reader,  a little article about cloches and their benefits for the home grower.

Strawy Manure

Mountains of Muck!

I've acquired a lot of sheep manure for the vegetable plots. This will keep me busy!

Grandson Eating a Carrot

Children & Food

Some thoughts about children and food, my grandson harvesting and cooking.

Vitavia Greenhouse

Greenhouses Survive Storm Brendan

Both greenhouses survived the storm, low maintenance bed under mulch, growing chicken feed.

Removing Sprouts from Seed Potatoes

The practice of removing all but two or three sprouts from a seed potato to produce larger tubers is well documented. The question is, does it work?

Propagators with Grow Lights

How High to Position Growlights

Growlights will certainly help you grow very early crops but where should they be placed for maximum benefit?

Of Mice & Mould & Merry Christmas!

Mice in the food store, rotting mouldy squashes and onions but cheer up, it's Christmas!

Water Butt

Keeping Water Clean & Safe

Envii have developed a biological solution to keeping water sweet in the butt and stopping algae growth whilst protecting plants and promoting growth.


Back Problem & Bonfire Ashes

I've been quiet due to my bad back - but recovering now. How best to use bonfire ashes.

Back goes – Arghhh!

It's been an awful week - my back has near killed me.

Pomato, (TomTato) Growing Tomatoes on Potatoes

I had a reader enquire about how to produce Pomato (Tomtato) plants formed by grafting a tomato plant as scion to a potato pant as rootstock.

Flooded Village

Floods – the answers in the land

Looking at vast areas of the country flooded yet again made me think about what we can do. Some of the answers are in the land.

vegetable beds

Winter planting, winter harvest, testing the greenhouses

My last post about sweet potatoes went on a bit longer than I intended so this is the rest of the catch-up from the plot.

Sweet Potatoes

Sweet Potato Growing Results

My first attempt at growing sweet potatoes hasn't been quite the success I hoped for. Not a complete failure though.

commercial greenhouse

You can grow anything, anywhere, anytime.. But

Had an interesting discussion about seasonal food and my polytunnel the other day.

Young Broad Beans Plants

Repairs Done, Broad Beans Planted, Back Pulled

The greenhouse vent is fixed, emergency repairs to the polytunnel, over-wintering broad beans planted out but I've broken down!

Piri Piri and Tabasco Chillis

Main Greenhouse, Polytunnel

Plans go awry, clearing the greenhouse and tidying up the polytunnel ready for the next season.

February 2020
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