Category Archives: Fruit

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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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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Yum Scrum !


After the misfortune of losing our first strawberry to the mice, we took no chances this time and picked and ate it and very nice it was too.

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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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Setting Fruit

More Cherries

While the first of the vegetables are taking their time to get going, the fruit trees and bushes are starting to bear, well… fruit.

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Strawberries and Animal Invasions

Strawberry Flower

If you look extremely carefully you will notice the beginnings of our first flower on one of the strawberry plants which brought great delight to Karen and Carl during today’s watering visit. Hopefully this is the first of many and we can … Continue reading

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The cherry tree flowering

A visit to the allotment primarily to water the plants during this dry spell surprised us all by signs of growth all over the place — raspberries, peas, beetroot, carrot, horseradish and WEEDS! Yes they are starting to come up … Continue reading

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I’m a fan of gooseberries, and like to grow curiosities when I get the chance. So when my father-in-law said that he’d got some Worcesterberries—which are somewhere between gooseberries and blackcurrants—I asked for a couple of cuttings (as any scrounging … Continue reading

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Planting Broad Beans and Early Peas

This corner of the legumes bed now contains peas and beans

The weather’s improving, which means that it’s time to start planting up the plot that we’ve spent so long painstakingly digging over, and over, and over… During the next couple of months, we should be able to sow vegetable seeds … Continue reading

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Hedging and Blueberries


So, the edible hedging arrived as expected today. We helped ourselves to about 40 or so plants of a mixture of varieties. Unfortunately we don’t know what they are so have just mixed them up in the hedge interspersed with … Continue reading

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