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and left it alone. Now the university want to make a geophysical survey of the site to establish the orientation and existence of any walls and buildings. This involves gridding the allotment into squares and then walking over it with a resistance monitor
will take place this week. I'll be planting main crop potato varieties and onion sets. The lighter evenings make such a difference — I'll be able to pop down after work.My main crop bed is already prepared. I dug it over and raked in blood, fish and bone. I
prolific weeds in my beds. It's actually quite a charming plant, with little blue flowers and a creeping habit. But it gets everywhere. It has a nasty habit of hiding under plants, where it sets its roots down close to the stem. This makes it difficult
are looking super, but that, if the dry spell lasts, she'll need to give them a good watering to make them swell to perfection.
makes watering easier for those with hosepipes. Others try to be less wasteful with water, preferring to use watering cans. I tend to fall into the latter camp, although I do have a hose tucked away in the shed in case I get into a panic in spring when
by way of exchange, which will come in handy for making a nice ratatouille.
entire strawberry crop without one berry making it as far as the kitchen. Now she's grazing her way through the salads, which is probably quite a good idea as she's grown cut-and-come-again varieties.So what type are you? A Harvester or a Grazer?
always makes me feel better - I know if Ron's crops are bad it must be a seasonal thing and not a cock-up on my part! Oh well, as Ron says, there's always next year!
means getting them to produce nice little sprouts - just like they do when you've kept them in the cupboard for too long! Chitting potatoes is essential for producing good crops of early varieties and can also make a difference to maincrop harvests
I have a confession to make. After raving about the arrival of the purple sprouting broccoli and extolling the virtues of winter veg in my blog last week I realised that I had forgotten to mention red cabbages. Not only are red cabbages easy to grow