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The end of the Harvest Season

Person Author: Sojali Farm Calender October 21, 2015 Posted Tags: , , , , Comment No Comments
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As we near the end of Harvest season, what do we do with our plots, containers and gardens? Plots: Now is the time for adding mulch, ground cover seeds or weed sheets. Some people even just turn their soil and leave their plots alone to let nature do its thing, although if you are not a daily visitor, then after the bad weather, it can very quickly turn into the day of the triffids on the plot! Containers: All that spent soil needs emptied into the composter(s) and the pots cleaned thoroughly with jeyes and water, and stored ready for the Spring time! Gardens: By now, your last lawn cut should of been done or about to be done depending on your geographical location. The bulbs have been sown for the spring time and everything has been harvested (fruit trees) and pruned. Kitchen:

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How I grew over half a tonne of Veg on my allotment in 2013.. (Super-Blog part 2)

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So to continue... Spring Onions... As I said in the part 1 we love our onions.  As well as the normal onions I also have a small bed of multiplying onions - like a spring onion but a bit smaller. I originally planted a few bunches of two or three onions and they soon turned into huge bunches of tall tasty onions which are ideal in stews and soups. They have a totally different taste to normal onions. I dig up a portion of a bunch when required by driving a spade through the bunch and replacing some soil to fill the void!! When the whole bunch has been used I replant a small bunch of 2-5 and in not time they will be ready for eating as well. This way one only needs a square meter or so in the garden for theses.  They over-winter without any problem and jump back into growing mode i

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How I grew over half a tonne of Veg on my allotment in 2013.. (Super-Blog part 1)

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Wow - I was quite astounded when I added the quantities of veg that I grew on my allotment last season.. I grew 588 kg. on 165 sq. mt.   My Harvest 2013 After seeing the price of runner beans in town I decided to do a harvest record just to see how much I have grown and priced at supermarket prices.. Some estimates are on the lower side!! Strawberries 40kg = 88punnet @ £2.50 = £225 Broadbeans 6kg @ £1.80 per kg = £11 Peas 6kg @ £2 = £12 Potatoes 90kg @ £1 = £90 Gemsquash 130 @ 50p = £65 Runner beans 31kg @ 6.67 = £207 Courgettes 20kg @ £1.60 = £32 Squashes loads +/- 12 @ £1 = £12 Hubbard squash 4 large @ £4 = £16 Acorn squash 21 @ £1 + £21 Pumpkin 1 @ 2kg @ £2 = £2 Beetroot +/- 25 kg @ £3.3 = £83 Garlic 80 large bulbs @ 50p = £40 Onions 450 @ 2

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Spring is FINALLY here!

Person Author: Helene Coleman Calender April 19, 2013 Posted Tags: , , , , , , Comment No Comments
Peas ready for planting out.

As the evenings are getting longer, we’ve been lucky enough to spend a couple of evenings after work down on the plot. And what’s made it even better is that the sun has been shining! This means we can get on with all the jobs that have been put on hold from last month because of the freezing weather! So this week we planted out our ‘Douce Provence’ peas into our raised beds. They’d come on well at home in the cardboard toilet roll holders we planted them in and we just planted them out in these. Steve put some branches/twigs into the bed for the peas to climb up, as he thinks he saw it on Gardeners World or something! I’m not convinced, I think they just need caning, but we’ll see! We planted the peas alongside our other broad beans, so now we have all the legumes in

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More Rain and the Edible Garden Show!

Chitting our potatoes.

We were planning to spend some time down on the plot on Sunday but it didn’t happen because of the pouring rain! We like to think of ourselves as hardy gardeners but there really wasn’t anything we could have done gardening-wise! I really hope the weather improves soon; it has to, doesn’t it?! It’s been raining all morning here but it finally looks like it might it might stop and brighten up. It’s just a shame it’s a workday for me, otherwise, I’d be heading straight down to the allotment with the first promise of sunshine! Sunday wasn’t a complete write-off in the end though, as we just decided to spend the afternoon in our local village pub reading the Sunday papers by the fire with a couple of pints of cider ; ) At home, we’re busy chitting our potatoes in

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New Cold Frame!

Person Author: Helene Coleman Calender February 5, 2013 Posted Tags: , , , , , , Comment 1 Comment
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As the sun was shining on Saturday we decided to make the most of it and spend a couple of hours down on the plot. Having spent so little time there in the past month because of the snow and rain, it was good to check on how our veggies were faring and catch up with some of our fellow allotmenters. Most things are doing well and have survived the snow, which was good to see, although we have lost most of our purple sprouting broccoli to some sort of pest. I can’t fathom out what it could be, the early sprouts of broccoli have been all but devoured and lots of the leaves in the centre of the plant have been stripped to the stem. It looks like the sort of damage that slugs could have done, but isn’t it too cold for them this time of year?! But our broad beans, swiss chard (‘B

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Saving Seeds – Peas and Beans

Person Author: Helen Fowler Calender August 1, 2012 Posted Tags: , , Comment 1 Comment
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The saving of seeds from crops you have grown, can have a number of benefits. It allows you to have an amount of seeds that would be costly to buy, also if you select carefully, over time you can develop your own strain. Many older gardener kept seeds from each years crops, selecting from the best plants. By selecting the plants that produced seeds that had good germination, strong growth and produced good healthy crops, a local strain could be developed that grew well in their locality on their allotment or garden. Many heritage varieties were saved from extinction because of saved seeds found stored in garden or allotment sheds. Some of the easiest seeds for the amatuer gardener to save are legume family, this includes peas, mangetout, broad, runner, climbing and dwarf beans. It is best

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Broad bean and pea risotto

Person Author: Lajos Szabo Calender June 26, 2012 Posted Tags: , , Comment 1 Comment
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Aquadulce claudia broad beans are doing well and provided a good harvest again. Peas are also growing strong and managed to pick a few pods, just enough for a meal, lovely small and sweet. You will also need some fresh onion and garlic from the garden, well or the shops but I just could not wait and pulled an onion which is fine, the garlic is not quite ready yet but you can eat it at any stage it's your choice. Risotto 500 g broad beans 200 g peas 1 onion 4 gloves of garlic 500 g of risotto rice salt, pepper 1 litre of vegetable stock fresh parsley parmesan cheese glass of white wine butter and bit of olive oil Chop the onions and garlic and fry in a large pan in the butter and olive oil, I know it could sound strange but I found that it gives th

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Edible pods

Person Author: Lajos Szabo Calender May 18, 2012 Posted Tags: , Comment No Comments
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If you like peas and want to have a bit more of edible harvests from your plants why not try to grow some edible pods? Mange tout peas are one of my favourite to grow, as gives much more edible crop than garden peas. Oregon sugar pod is very productive and grows up to 3.5 feet tall; and you can harvest the pods for 2 weeks or even longer. Mangetout is a French word and it means ‘eat all’. The pea pods remain soft and tender even when they ripe, unlike ordinary garden peas which are lined with a tough membrane which dries out as the pods mature. Mangetout peas can be treated like French beans in the kitchen, they are very popular in sir fries, but if you try them raw you will finish them before they reach the kitchen because they are really sweet. For an early crop you can g

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