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I have been gardening for over 50 years. I have been organic gardening for over 30 years.
I am a teacher semi retired.

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An amateur gardener's view of allotment gardening. Mostly organic vegetable growing but also.. some serious flower growing. I am interested in new ideas in gardening such as use of aspirin, terra.. preta, mychorrhizal fungi etc.

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  • Total compaction. Repairing the concrete slab path.
    on Dec 12, 2016
    The path between Sue's and my allotment was not laid very well and I promised both myself and Sue that I would take it up and do it again.  As I was digging a deep trench across the new potato bed to bury some logs and hedge trimmings, I dug out...
  • on Dec 4, 2016
    I have moved all the rhubarb clumps.Evolution is rock solid.
  • You can't sterilise soil by digging.
    on Dec 4, 2016
    Soil cannot be sterilised by digging.  If this was the case we could remove the danger of such things as onion white rot, club root and parasitic nematodes by simply turning over the soil.  Even after several years of digging and trenching...
  • August is a harvesting month. August photographs.
    on Aug 27, 2016
    Not only have I been harvesting, I have also been seed collecting and sowing green manure and cover crops where I have cleared the ground.  I warn you now that the vegetables and fruit have been growing very luxuriant in the last few weeks and m...
  • Late June allotment with photographs.
    on Jun 27, 2016
    Several of my friends from the RHS courses visited the allotment and said they were impressed.  The best comment was from Janet who said that the allotment was aesthetically pleasing.   So more not just 'straig...
  • Late June allotment with photographs.
    on Jun 27, 2016
    The allotment has been visited by several sets of people recently.  One Australian was keen to see British vegetable gardens. His comment after touring the allotment was that now he did not need to see any more.  A very kind comme...
  • May allotment photographs.
    on May 28, 2016
    As April and the beginning of May were so cold, it has been quite difficult keeping everything growing.  When the plants stop growing they are more susceptible to damage from slugs and snails because they do not grow out of the damage.  The...
  • April Allotment Photographs.
    on Apr 24, 2016
    This is by far the most busy part of the year.  Seeds are sown, transplanted and grown on.  Finally they are planted out in the growing beds.  The only disappointing part of this year's plants is the devastation wrought by flea be...
  • The variety of jobs that need doing at the end of March.
    on Mar 29, 2016
    The composts are always an ongoing job and I have been given a variety of different materials to put into the compost bins.  Many allotmenteers will have been taking down runner beans and I have been going round asking if I can have the old plan...
  • Planting out the sweet pea seedlings.
    on Mar 23, 2016
    I have planted the sweet pea seedlings next to their cane supports but I have a lot of seedlings left over.  I might put some more canes along the rows and add some more plants and these can be replacements if any of the main seedlings die. ...
  • Start of the main seed sowing season.
    on Mar 21, 2016
    So I've sown more seed although it is still quite early and cold.  Peppers, cucumbers, melon and aubergine all need to be sown quite early otherwise you do not get a ripened crop.  They need a long warm summer or a heated greenhouse to...
  • Allotment jobs during the middle of March.
    on Mar 16, 2016
    I went to the edible garden show in Stoneleigh Park Warwickshire on Saturday and met Big G of the Chat Shed Forum and Sean from the Horticultural Channel.  Both lovely people who had time to say hello.  The show was very good but most of th...
  • Trenching the pea bed.
    on Mar 6, 2016
    I am not going to do any more trenches, however today I dug a couple to bury some of the woody material I have bought from home.  I had not dug over the new pea bed so it gave me the opportunity to get rid of the prunings easily b...
  • Early March Compost
    on Mar 4, 2016
    The new composts that have been on the go for about two or three weeks now have not started to decompose very much yet.  They have changed colour to some extent although there are some things that are still green.  The woody components are...
  • Humus does it exist?
    on Feb 26, 2016
    There are several questions I have asked myself about the nature of humus. Many gardeners consider the term humus synonymous with that of organic matter, however most soil scientists would suggest that there is a definite difference between the two t...
  • General Feburary Allotment Tasks.
    on Feb 25, 2016
    I worked quite hard on the allotment today.  I decided to put one of the large pieces of outdoor ply wood on the path and cover it with shredded woody material from the pile in the other car park.  The other car park is quite far away from...
  • Glyphosate?
    on Feb 16, 2016
    I am a very serious organic gardener and will not use any man-made chemicals in my garden.  I am also a scientist and have to accept the data and evidence reported by colleagues.   You cannot allow yourself to be swayed by philosophies...
  • February allotment photographs.
    on Feb 15, 2016
    February is the month where the allotment is at its bleakest.  All the plants have died down and there is little growing. Everything looks very grey.Bay trees alongside the greenhouse.  With the cold weather, I thought that the bay might be...
  • Starting to dig in the green manure.
    on Feb 11, 2016
    As I have a relatively large allotment, I thought that digging all the green manure in would take some time.  If I started in March, as I had planned, then I might be pushed for time before I had to start planting in some of the growing areas.&n...
  • Not much to do. So how did I spend all day down the allotment?
    on Feb 4, 2016
     I went down to the allotment thinking that there was little to do.  However, I went home about five in the afternoon when it was getting dark.  Where had all that time gone?I have been given quite a bit of processed wood to charcoal.&...