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There are days nominated to celebrate apples, festivals for tomatoes and chillies, and whole weeks to inform us about bird nesting boxes, trees, allotments and composting ... and this week it's the turn of the conifer.The Association of British
I've been putting off serious work down on the plot due to the cold (I don't believe in suffering for my vegetables), but since these last few days have been warmer, I've been unstoppable. Apart from the corollary of a messy house, it's been a very satisfying week.Today I sorted...
garden won’t fit that comfortably on your average allotment. It is possible if your local committee is broad minded and doesn’t mind you planting trees. You need about 140 sqm of free space. Also forest gardening is not in any way instant and is probably
be self-sufficient in the average garden, thousands of people have signed up for their own allotment that will allow them to grow far more.So, what are the Golden Rules of growing your own? Of course you should only grow what you and your family want
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. We didn't seem to suffer from it at all on my last plot, but the new site I'm on has suffere...
and a pond. Every year a colony of buff-tailed bumblebees nests beneath the neighbours' shed and feeds on my mum's flowers, I'm sure the butterflies do the same. My dad has a nest of common carder bumblebees in his ramshackle allotment compost heap, just
if you have a family to feed.I don't have the luxury of a large allotment, so I'm keen to grow as much as I can in my garden. It's probably larger than average, but then gardening is my passion, and my job!Fruit trees and cane fruits grow around the edges
the plant nearly died, so I took it to my allotment, hoping the fresh air and a good dose of sunshine would sort it out. It did, but then the greenhouse it was overwintering in was stolen, leaving it exposed to some hard, Manchester frosts. At least they put
afternoon of things: one near me is the village of Sulgrave in Northamptonshire. For the modest entry fee of £4.00 (children free) you get to visit seven gardens including the Herb Society Garden and the village allotments. There is also a garden that I have
the weather forecast to see what's in store for later in the week, but with Wimbledon in full swing surely we can expect rain!But if rain doesn't arrive it really is done to the gardener to make up for the shortfall. A friend of mine took on an allotment