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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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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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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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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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Romanesco Success!

Romanesco for eating

The brassicas bed has slowly been bursting into life, and we’ve discovered that red cabbages and purple sprouting broccoli need a lot of space. But despite some overcrowding, it’s looking promising, and we had our first harvest with the Romanesco … Continue reading

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Of Mice, Blackcurrants and Leeks

After the discovery of a red strawberry we were all looking forward to buying the cream. Unfortunately Tim discovered a thief had visited in the night and made of with said red strawberry and a few green ones also ! … 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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Birding on the Plot

As I’m now 26 weeks pregnant, I’ve been taking it easy on the allotment (the others have kindly called it ‘supervising’). This has given me a chance to enjoy just being there in the sunshine, and to pay attention to … Continue reading

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Blackberries and blackcurrants

Perfect planting and growing conditions. New bed filled with manure today, where the Ash trees have made a space for us. The blackcurrants my brother’s wife gave us are planted (given by her brother!); as you said allotment keepers are … Continue reading

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