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26/12/2009 at 23:10
I think i am going to follow in your footsteps and grow my own christams dinner for 2010. Just got my new allotment, cant wait to get on it! :) Merry Christmas
28/12/2009 at 15:46
I went down to our allotment today to get greens and swedes, and the brassicas are a visual delight. The ground is frozen and the frost last night has turned each plant into a lace covered wonder. I have purple sprouting, sprouts (not very impressive), curly kale and pentland brig, like doilies, savoy cabbage and a purply green cabbage looking like frozen concentric silver circles, russian red kale and cavelo nero with ice patterns on their leathery leaves. What a beautiful sight. In the other bed the remains of the ruby chard glowed like a fire to try and keep me warm. Would recommend growing winter greens as much for the wonderful colours/textures/shapes in the winter weather as the great taste.
04/01/2010 at 15:38
I can't wait to get started again this year. I missed out on growing my own Christmas dinner (2009) because the pesky pigeons go to my brassicas before I could net them (lesson learnt). This year I will make sure I am visiting my plot on Christmas Eve rather than the supermarket
28/01/2010 at 19:40
We acquired an allotment plot very late last year. It was 4' high in grass and weeds & hadn't been cultivated for several years.My husband did most of the back-breaking work but, together, we managed to create some growing space (even using tyres in which to grow carrots) so that we harvested swede, carrots, lettuce, pak choi, herbs and a few potatoes over the winter. We now have lettuce and early peas under cloches which survived the snow, and are still cropping carrots from our tyres.Our compost bin is looking good, and to help us create more composting material I created small postcards which I put through the letterbox of all our near neighbours, asking them for all their, appropriate, organic waste and they've really come up trumps!! We are getting a large box full every 3/4 days.Maybe an idea for others to try? Can't wait to get growing this year. Best wishes to all fellow allotmenteers!
28/11/2011 at 18:40
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