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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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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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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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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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In Defence of Elsanta

I’ve been getting flak from a couple of people for choosing to grow Elsanta strawberries. It is, they say, a tasteless, watery variety of strawberry that’s only so popular because of its shelf-life. I feel the need to defend myself:

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Planting Strawberries

The strawberry bed

When we’re working the plot on a hot summer’s day, we’re going to need some refreshment. And better than having to lug snacks down to the plot would be being able to pick our own while we’re there. And what … Continue reading

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From hacking down and digging out to putting in. At last!


Today was the day that our plot finally began to look like it’s being cultivated. A few cloves of garlic and a couple of rhubarb crowns aside, everything we’ve done so far has pretty much been hacking things down and … Continue reading

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