Author Archives: Tim

Broccoli Sprouting Purply!

Broccoli Sprouting Purply!

It’s almost a year since we sowed the seed, but our purple sprouting broccoli has finally become broccoli sprouting purply!

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Are Sheffield City Council’s planned allotment rent increases illegal?

Sheffield City Council is planning to more than double allotment rents in 2013. Rent (which excludes water charges) will go from £13/year to £30/year for small plots, from £18.30/year to £42.50/year for medium plots, and from £23.70/year to £65/year for … Continue reading

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And they’re off…


The first seeds of 2012 are just starting to germinate. These are Early Onward peas, sown in compost-filled toilet roll inners.

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Strawberry Rotation

Strawberry plants sending out runners

The biggest success of last year was probably the strawberries. I have very little experience of growing strawberries, but here’s what I’ve managed to glean from various books, and how we’re planning on growing them:

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Raising Our Game


Since we took on the plot a year ago, I’ve been wanting to get some raised beds installed. After a year, I’ve finally got started.

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Year 1 Review


It’s now been a year since we took over our allotment, so this seems to be a good time to take stock.

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Chard thinnings: a feast!

Chard thinnings

After Saturday’s single-strawberry harvest, we were still a little peckish, so we thought we’d go back today and see what else we could pick.

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A crop! The first of the strawberries…

The first strawberry

Having been away on holiday for a week, my first instinct on getting home was to get down to the allotment to check that everything was in order. The chard’s looking fantastic, the tomatoes and runner beans less so, and … Continue reading

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Edible Hedging Plant Identification

Mystery Hedging Plant #2

Earlier this year, our allotment association had some edible hedging plants to distribute, paid for by a grant. The idea was that they could be used to fill in gaps in hedges, but as the council gave us a plot … Continue reading

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The Wasp Dilemma: Solved

What remains of the wasps' nest...

A fortnight ago, I found a wasps’ nest clinging to the underside of one of the pallets that I wanted to use to make some compost bins. I moved it to the top corner of the plot, nicely out of … Continue reading

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