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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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February Fun Time.

Person Author: Helen Fowler Calender February 4, 2013 Posted Tags: , Comment No Comments
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I dont know where January went to, but February is here already! This for me is the real start of the gardening year ' February Fun Time' is when I start to sow in earnest. I get so excited with the promise of the new growing season, that even the bad memories of 2012 are fading fast. I like to get a start on the year by sowing indoors and in modules. Broad bean Aquadulce Claudia have been sown in modules and new for me this year, the pink seeded 'Karmazan'. I have sown early peas Douce Provence in modules too and my early potatoes are chitting nicely. I have Kelsae onion and Mammoth leek seedlings coming on nicely, with lettuce and herbs seedling coming through. The house windowsills are fast filling up with chilli and early tomato plants, oh! I do love this time of year.  Check out

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Happy New Year and some Keralan Veg!

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Happy New Year! Here’s to hoping that 2013 is a perfect year for growing! We’ve just got back from an amazing holiday in Kerala in southern India. India is such a vibrant and colourful country that it’s been hard to settle back to life in the UK again in grey, cold and wet January! But enough of that, we were on a bit of a mission whilst on holiday to see what vegetables are grown and eaten in Kerala compared to here in the UK. Most Keralans are vegetarian so they eat a huge range of fruit and vegetables, often in curries of one form or another. Fruit and veg are so readily available in India; every shop on every street from a small village to a big city sells them, its certainly different to the supermarkets here in the UK! So whilst out and about, we spotted lots of

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Turkeys and New Seeds…..

Person Author: Helene Coleman Calender December 9, 2012 Posted Tags: , , Comment No Comments
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We’ve been so busy over the past two weeks, we’ve barely had time to get down to our allotment, but today we braved the cold but sunny weather to check out how our plants have been doing. Everything seems to be faring well, the only exception being the Mizuna which had finally started to wilt and die off following the recent cold weather, so we pulled it up and fed it to the pigs. Mizuna was one of our success stories of this autumn’s planting, so we’ll definitely grow that again next year. Steve didn’t really fancy putting in the other raised bed today (he claimed it was too cold!) so we just had a cup of tea in the warm allotment Club House by the woodburning stove, admired our plot and then had a quick look at the turkeys. They’ve got a couple more weeks to fatten up

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Growing broad beans – Overwintering

Person Author: Lajos Szabo Calender May 31, 2010 Posted Tags: , , Comment No Comments
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Broad beans are ready to harvest from late May through May and June from an autumn sowing. These great long pods are from the Broad Bean Aquadulce Claudia, which is a very hardy variety, the standard for overwintering. One great thing is about growing broad beans is that they are ready to harvest in late May, when there is hardly any other veg available to pick, from an October sowing, and it is really satisfying to sow the seeds outside in the autumn. An other main reason is for the autumn sowing is to avoid the damage caused by black flies. These insects love to feed on the top of the broad beans and on the joints of the flowers, but with overwintering the plants you can easily avoid this, as the plants will flower and the pods will be ready sooner than the black flies can do any da

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Highly Scented Heirloom Sweet Pea Mixture: Parfumiere Mix

Person Author: Lajos Szabo Calender April 3, 2010 Posted Tags: , , Comment No Comments
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Our sweet peas are proving to be very popular. Especially the heirloom mix varieties like our best ever selling  highly scented heirloom mixture of sweet pea. This mixture of peas are specially selected for their perfumed blooms. You can enjoy them in your allotment, garden or even on your patio area. Yes indeed, it is possible to grow them near your house and the strong stems make a great cutting flower too. Most gardeners sow the sweet peas in March, unless you are a really serious sweet pea lover and sown them in the autumn, but the spring being so late it is not late to sow them at all this month. After a couple of weeks the seedlings should look like these above and by the beginning of May, you will be able to transplant the sweet pea seedlings outside to their final position. So

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Gardening News – Retailers offer carrot plug plants at £1.09 each

Person Author: Lajos Szabo Calender March 7, 2010 Posted Tags: , , Comment No Comments

This week's breaking news in the gardening world is that some retailers sell carrot plug plants at really high price. The highest price was 1.09, but after the famous Which? approached the company, it has stopped selling the plugs. Wow, well done Which?. Other retailers offer the carrots from 44p a piece, and it is still a poor value for money. OK, so some gardeners do want to grow veggies from plug plants, and it is understandable that you can buy tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers as plugs, in the end you will have more then 1 fruit from one plant. One carrot plant will produce only one carrot though and, well for 44p or 109p it is not exactly a grow your own and save money project, is it?! And it is really easy and popular to grow carrots from seed, and most of the seed retailers offer gre

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Cos Lettuce sowing and growing

Person Author: Lajos Szabo Calender February 20, 2010 Posted Tags: , Comment No Comments

Cos lettuce is more popular year after year in the kitchen garden around the country. The crisp texture and sweet flavour make well worth a try to grow this type of leaf veg. Early crops can be sown under glass from mid January until end of February. Sow the lettuce seeds into half an inch deep drills. Prick out the seedling when large enough to handle and grow them on in small pots, and when all risk of frost has passed they can go outside to their final position. If you don't have the space inside, then you can sow them a little later in an unheated greenhouse or directly outside from mid March to June. Thin out as the seedlings emerge and you can eat these thinnings too, leave 6-10in between the plants. Little gem requires smaller space as it is a really compact type cos lettuce with

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Lathyrus latifolius Everlasting Sweet Pea

Person Author: Lajos Szabo Calender February 18, 2010 Posted Tags: , , Comment No Comments

L. latifolius is the well know perennial sweet pea. Native to Central an Southern Europe and can be found in Japan and in North America where it is an introduced flower. Once it was widely grown in many English garden. Despite its lack of scent it is getting more and more popular again among keen gardeners. The mixture of seeds available are produce white, pink and purple flowers, wich makes a stunning display and give a year after year enjoyment. The plant is a climber, so best to grow on trellis, on a south facing wall, or you can try to grow them in hanging basket for a cascading effect. Easily grown in any type of soil, but thrives in a well drained rich and warm soil. Prefers a sunny location, perhaps near to your patio where you can enjoy the beautiful flowers all summer long.

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