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Potato blight and Bordeaux Mixture

By Lila Das Gupta in Allotments
I'm in a quandary over what to do about potato blight (Phytophthora infestans), a fungal infection that causes foliage to develop dark patches and can result in the rotting of the tubers. Continue reading...
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'Grow Your Own' Week: Growing globe artichokes

By Lila Das Gupta in Allotments
Artichokes do take up a lot of space - about a metre per plant. But if you love their taste, growing your own is the only thing to do... Continue reading...
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Growing cut flowers on the allotment

By Lila Das Gupta in Allotments
We've just been allocated more space on the allotment ... As well as planting many more spuds - which will keep the 'old man' happy - we can also plant the cutting garden my daughter always wanted. Continue reading...
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Wasps and wasps' nests

By Lila Das Gupta in Allotments
I was blissfully unaware of wasps' nests till one summer at the allotment, when I got stung on my bottom ... Continue reading...
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Eastern European vegetable varieties

By Lila Das Gupta in Allotments
I'm not sure how I feel about super-rich Russians buying up British newspapers or football clubs, but there's one invasion I thoroughly approve of. Continue reading...
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Growing raspberries

By Lila Das Gupta in Allotments
In our family we say strawberries are the Beatles of the fruit world, but raspberries, which are more rock 'n roll, are the Rolling Stones. Continue reading...
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Growing shallots

By Lila Das Gupta in Allotments
When I first started growing shallots I did so on the advice of Sam, on our allotment [...] He told me to plant shallots on the shortest day and harvest them on the longest. Continue reading...
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Growing potatoes

By Lila Das Gupta in Allotments
After I took the Christmas decorations to the shed this morning - always a tinge of sadness - I stopped off at the greenhouse to harvest the last of our Christmas potatoes. Continue reading...
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Home-grown Christmas dinner

By Lila Das Gupta in Allotments
One of our Christmas rituals is to leave the wrapping paper behind and take a walk to the allotment on Christmas day to harvest some parsnips. Continue reading...
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Cherry trees

By Lila Das Gupta in Allotments
After buying a plum tree for the allotment, I started to think about other fruit that I have a soft spot for. So I couldn't resist ordering a morello cherry tree. Continue reading...
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