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Visit 3: Strimming & Weeding | Diary of an Allotment Gardener

It was a beautiful day today, warm with a light wind. This morning I had to speak with the site secretary regarding erecting a shed and polytunnel. On this site you need prior written permission before building work starts. So

Sow Spring Cabbage this Bank Holiday

Spring Hero F1 can be sown now and produced a solid globe heart ready for harvesting from March onwards.

Visit 2: Weeding | Diary of an Allotment Gardener

A realistic look at owning an allotment plot and how to turn it from overgrown patch of weeds ready to growing your own food. Only managed 30 minutes this evening so did some weeding at the top end of the

Visit 1: Introduction | Diary of an Allotment Gardener

NEW SERIES: A realistic look at owning an allotment plot and how to turn it from overgrown patch of weeds ready to growing your own food. My first day of working on the new allotment plot. For the next few

Book Review: The Cut Flower Patch by Louise Curley

Best read in a cosy chair in the depths of winter, “The Cut Flower Patch” by Louise Curley is a feast for the eye. Given my own tentative plans to start a cut flower patch next year, I was pleased

Book Review: The Herbalist’s Bible

During the 17th century herbalist and apothecary John Parkinson was herbalist to King Charles I. His most influential book, the Theatrum Botanicum, was published in 1640 and covered 1,788 pages. In The Herbalist’s Bible authors Matthew Seal and Julie Bruton-Seal

National Allotments Week 2014

Written by the National Society of Allotment & Leisure Gardeners. Whilst the allotment community holds its breath, awaiting the decision of the judge at the Judicial Review called by Farm Terrace Allotments to preserve their site in Watford, allotment sites

Viewing new plot and taking ownership

Welcome to my allotment garden diary. On this thread you will be able to follow me as I take an old allotment site from a weed infested patch of earth to productive piece of land. The aim in doing this

Grow your own wedding

Editor of Grow Your Own magazine, Lucy Halsall – now Lucy Chamberlain – sourced her own blooms for her wedding day. Let’s face it – weddings are rather expensive things. Someone quoted me £20k as the average figure recently, and

Ask Sean: How do I know when my melon is ready to harvest?

Vivian from Texas asked “How do I know when my melon is ready to harvest?”, Sean explains.