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Growing carrots is easier than some people think, and growing them in containers is not impossible. In fact you can now buy carrot seeds that are specific to container growing because they are short and stumpy but wider than your average ‘ground grown’ carrots. The most important thing to remember with any root vegetable is that they hate being moved, because of this you should never start any rooties in one place, and then move to another when they get bigger. Where you sow, is where you will grow. Soil. Carrots like a sandy soil so that they can move easily in their ‘home’ while they are growing. They, like other rooties, are also thirsty all the time. The best way to check if your little ones need watering is to dip your finger into the soil (away from the veggies) to abou

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8th March to 11th April 2015 on Plot 44

Person Author: Paul1sh Calender April 11, 2015 Posted No Tags Comment No Comments
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Firstly my apologies for not updating my progress sooner . My last update went up to Saturday March 7th and I have actually managed to spend some time on the plot since then despite a two week holiday to France and Belgium where I found seed prices to be dearer than in Blighty and time out looking for an apartment in London for my eldest whilst she's on work placement . So with all that out of the way and some horrible (and nice) weather to continue it is surprising I've managed to do much. In my last update I mentioned that we could only burn green waste if we had a wood burning stove installed in our sheds well I am pleased to say that that the stove I purchased way back in the spring of 2012 is finally installed in my shed - better late than never I guess! Back in March I dug bean

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22nd February to 7th March 2015 on Plot 44

Person Author: Paul1sh Calender March 12, 2015 Posted No Tags Comment No Comments
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This last fortnight has been spent tidying the beds at the allotment and drawing up a major 'to do' list as I have had a few improvements that have been sidelined for over a year now . Removing weeds has been a priority as well as warming up beds under sheets of plastic ready for early potatoes to go next week. This time of year allows me to check on how well last year's weeds have rotted down . Because we are unable to burn our garden waste (apart from if we have a log burning stove installed in the shed which I must confess that is a task that I still have outstanding .) and I don't have a green wheelie bin in which the local council collects garden rubbish in , everything generated on the allotment that is not going to be consumed goes back in to improving the soil . I put all my weeds

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Busy Weekend Tree Hugging

Person Author: Mark Calender March 8, 2015 Posted No Tags Comment No Comments
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Well Saturday was a beautiful sunny day with amazing blue sky. The wind was a little troublesome but i love to make the most of any sunshine we get. Braving the situation of a ladder, i am petrified of ladders, not so much the height just the actual ladders, they wobble around so much and i never feel as though my feet are firmly planted to some thing at least stable. Like the floor. Anyway one rather large silver birch tree now logged up for fire wood.               Yes i am the one cleverly disguised as a koala bear clinging on to the tree, ladder and anything else that was not swaying around in the wind.               Now all logged up ready for next winters f

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14th to 21st February 2015 on Plot 44

Person Author: Paul1sh Calender February 26, 2015 Posted No Tags Comment No Comments
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This last week has been spent seed sowing as well as doing plenty of research from past masters and their methods (often contradicting each other.) with the hope of being more productive . Not so much "on the plot" but that has a lot to do with the stormy weather and rain that we have had here last week. On February 13th I placed a 60 cell seed tray in the propagator and filled each cell with different seeds and began my sowing in the smallest of spaces . I am monitoring how well they perform as this is the second year of me using a heated propagator and I feel I have must to learn and that's it's being greatly underused. Anyway here's what I sowed : Row 1 : Dill , Thyme , Chives , Onion (White Lisbon) , Celtuce , Swede (All The Best ) Row 2 : Cauliflower (All The Year Round

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1st -14th February 2015 on Plot 44

Person Author: Paul1sh Calender February 15, 2015 Posted No Tags Comment No Comments
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My apologies to the delay in my update (yet again!) . I have had several distractions mainly since following the strong winds a couple of weeks back I have had to carry out repairs to my garden fence and am currently in the process of obtaining quotes for repairs to be roof . So amongst all that and everything else that life throws at us we all forwards towards the spring and the summer . The hope is that the more we put in to our gardens and allotments now then the more we shall be rewarded when the summer arrives . Firstly I will catch up with what I have wrote about previously . Of the seeds that I had placed in the heated propagator on the 18th January by 13th February only the Habanero pepper and the mixed Aubergines appear to have germinated .The Aubergines were looking ver

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18th January to 31st January 2015 on Plot 44

Person Author: Paul1sh Calender February 1, 2015 Posted No Tags Comment No Comments
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Firstly my apologies that my weekly update has taken two weeks but this has more to do with life and the weather getting in the way . I'd managed to fall ill which my wife said was caused by digging up at the allotment in the wind and rain which naturally I disagreed I said I must have definitely picked up the chest infection at work . After all everybody knows that once you get several plot holders together work stops and you end up having a social gathering in the shelter of somebody's shed .  So I guess we've established I've been a bit lazy so far this year and on the days when I've been able to go outdoors the snow or hailstones have been falling. January is a very frustrating month in the gardening calender and yet I always feel I should be doing something and that what I have done

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Making heart shaped carrots

Person Author: Maaike Calender January 23, 2015 Posted No Tags Comment No Comments
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Because Valentine’s day is almost upon us, I thought I’d share you some ideas to make the evening meal extra special. It doesn’t require a huge effort, but the impact  is guaranteed…. Of course you can use these also on mother’s day or father’s day an engagement, or wedding etc.   You’ll need: A large carrot  (winter type) A peeler Knifes And a cuttingboard.     Method: Cut top and bottom of the carrot and peel the carrot. Cut the carrot in lenghts of 4-5cm so it’s easier to handle. Stend the carrot up and cut a V into it. That’s the dip in the heart. Keep the V at the top and cut  the sides opposite (also a V). This will give you a heart shape of some sort. Doesn’t have to be perfect! Cu

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11th – 17th January 2015 On Plot 44

Person Author: Paul1sh Calender January 17, 2015 Posted No Tags Comment No Comments
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This week has been very much about sorting out my Jerusalem Artichokes . I originally began growing them back in February 2013 when I purchased 2 different varieties ( Fuseau and Gerard)  from a farmer's market and then received another variety from a fellow plot holder. I duly planted them and in May the plants began to grow and grow . By August they were all close to 8 feet high with yellow mini sunflowers at the top . I waited and looked forwards to my very first harvest . Sadly it seems that the wireworms liked to munch on the tubers and with that being the second year that the ground had been cultivated since the 1970's there were plenty of wireworms in the ground .  So my first harvest wasn't too pleasing with the surviving edible tubers being fairly small and knobbly making i

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Grow Cabinet Light Box

Person Author: Mark Calender January 14, 2015 Posted Tags: , , , , Comment 1 Comment
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My how i made my light box grow cabinet for £40. Originally i wanted to use an old chest of draws and convert it to a light box. However i do not have a garage or shed suitable so i had to think about having one in the house. This was not a problem but i didn't really fancy a scrappy lump of wood with wires sticking out in my office. So i did some thinking and came up with my build. Hope you like it as much as i do. I started off with a canvass wardrobe, A simple light weight structure that allowed a large space for my plants and also gave me the additional shelves for storage. It did not take long to set up and for a mere £17 including delivery i really think it was a bargain. After all a tin of white gloss paint was going to cost around £15 just to make the first idea of a w

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