Author Archives: Tim

Allotment Charges Hyperinflation

Like many councils around the country, Sheffield City Council is making substantial cuts. Whether you blame Tories, bankers, or previous councils (or some combination of the above), the council’s finances are in pretty dire shape, and all sorts of services … Continue reading

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A little PSB, better than nothing


Our first attempt at growing purple sprouting broccoli got me thinking it was easy. Despite hemming them in with romanesco plants planted far too close on either side, they grew to about 5ft tall, and produced a steady supply of … Continue reading

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Is it a polytunnel? Is it a cloche? No, it’s a tent…

Polytent (outside)

For the last year or so, in different places around our site, large plastic edifices have been appearing one-by-one. A month or so later, the owner appears with an almost-apologetic-but-ever-so-slightly-smug smile, carrying an unseasonal salad crop or a truss of … Continue reading

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Parsnip Surprise


We haven’t had much success with root vegetables. We’ve tried direct sowing. We’ve tried starting seeds off in toilet tube inners and then planting out. We just can’t seem to get them growing reliably.

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Vegetable Traffic Jam


Recently, as sometimes happens, life has been getting in the way of allotmenting. Today I made it down to the plot for only the second time in a couple of months.

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Spuds We Like (and others we’re not so sure about)


We grew a few different varieties of potato on the plot this year. Despite the wet weather, overall they did okay, although some were affected and we did have to harvest them a little early as they were starting to … Continue reading

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Summer Fayre

Produce Box Entry

Today was our Allotment Association’s Summer Fayre, a chance for plot-holders to get together over a barbeque and a keg of beer and compare the fruits of their labours.

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Strawberries Everywhere


It’s been a strange year so far, with cold, wet weather making it difficult to get anything going on the allotment. The slugs seem to be particularly active. One thing that doesn’t seem to have noticed, though, is the strawberries. … Continue reading

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Slug Wars

Slug Damage

After a slow start to the year, things are finally growing on the plot. The question is, who are they growing for?

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A Broccoli Bouquet (not for Mothers’ Day)

A Broccoli Bouquet

I was brought up to ignore Mothers’ Day. I’m not sure of the precise reasoning, but I think that my feminist mother probably felt that society cynically chooses to spend one day patronising mothers so that it can spend the … Continue reading

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