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Compost loo's

Started this discussion. Last reply by Jan Willetts Jul 10, 2011. 2 Replies

Doing on-going research into a compost loo which is acceptable to all on our unsecured, Town Council owned site. What experiences do you have of compost loo's on allotment sites, have you had to…Continue

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Started this discussion. Last reply by Caro Oct 7, 2010. 16 Replies

Has anyone tried putting seaweed direct onto their soil, not the liquid stuff but washed-up-on-the- beach bits? Is it ok to remove it from beaches? Do you have to wash the salt off? Is it better to…Continue

Weed plea

Started this discussion. Last reply by Mo Apr 17, 2011. 10 Replies

There's a lot of weeds in the garden/on the allotment that traditionally would be dug out, such as Ragwort (dangerous for horses) Hogweed (invasive, sap irritant) but if possible leave some and watch…Continue


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Simple pleasures

Posted on July 11, 2011 at 20:58 1 Comment

With the Lottie project (schools group) today we made herby pitta's, made by mixing cream cheese, lots of herbs, chopped mange tout and edible flowers (Borage, nasturtium, calendula, chives) together and piling into a warm pitta with a bit of little gem lettuce - they scoffed the lot! Its great seeing the ones who wouldn't even eat carrot at the beginning being adventurous and having a go.

Bit later had a grazing lunch of raspberries, peas, blackberries, carrot, mixed salad and picked…


Taking a chance

Posted on May 16, 2011 at 22:07 8 Comments

We've planted out not only Peas but Beans as well. I can hear sharp intakes of breath but I think we will be ok as this years crop rotation pea/Bean beds are sheltered by a large bank of Raspberries. Find its not so much late frosts where we are as odd winds which burn leaves, so hoping the shelter belt will work.

Am waiting with the Dwarf french beans though, as have some unusual heritage varieties coming up - one called Dragons tongue - really don't want to lose them! Also…


Bread oven and new plans

Posted on March 17, 2011 at 18:57 2 Comments

The allotment now has a wonderful clay bread oven which we will be finishing this Sunday with a final layer of clay and mosaic-ing with old china plates. Hoping to make pizza's in it!

After that we're doing a Team Green afternoon, all hands on deck to get part of the plot prepared for landscaping work which will start early April to make a new accessible area with Nida gravel paths and raised beds of all different heights, plus a potting shed made from local chestnut. Its exciting and…


Seedy Saturday

Posted on February 6, 2011 at 13:02 2 Comments


Yesterday the annual seed swop put on by the District Council and Common Cause Co-operative was held in Lewes, E. Sussex. In previous years we've had crispy, balmy, sunny days for the event so it was fairly inevitable that our luck couldn't last - putting marquees up in the high winds was as challenging as you'd expect and there was a slight sense of preparing for a party that nobody would come too - by 9 a.m the wind was still whipping round flapping canvas alarmingly. By 10 a.m…


Comment Wall (17 comments)

At 9:36 on September 7, 2010, Northern Ireland Garden by Kelli said…
Your photos are amazing - very artistic. I really like the look of your plot too.
At 19:52 on September 8, 2010, vegman said…
Thanks for your comments. Your pics are pretty damn good too! What sort of camera do you use? I put mine through Adobe Lightroom just to give them an odd tweak here and there, just to heighten the colours really. Had a disaster in the kitchen with my Plum Jam, jam everywhere!
At 7:09 on September 13, 2010, vegman said…
Try using a free download like Picnik or Picasa. Very easy to use and allows you to add your name or 'watermark' to your pics.
The jam incident was best left unrecorded. My wife would have had a complete dicky if l got the camera out instead of the mop and bucket!
At 11:01 on September 20, 2010, John Yeoman said…
Yes, Sarah, I am that man indeed: a gardening secret that time (almost forgot) :)
At 19:19 on September 20, 2010, John Yeoman said…
Glad you liked the book, Sarah. Writing Gardening Secrets That Time Forgot inspired me to get my doctorate in aspects of Jacobethan horticulture. So it wasn't all fiction!
At 17:59 on October 4, 2010, John Yeoman said…
Very true,Sarah. I confess I've never been as aware as I should about the problems of disease transmitted by sourced-in food waste. (Although I do remember my local farms being taped up during the last outbreak.) Perhaps a compromise idea would be to collect vegetable and fruit waste only eg from local farm shops and markets. They are usually delighted to get rid of it. And (let it be whispered) some of it may still be safely edible :)
At 9:14 on October 7, 2010, Northern Ireland Garden by Kelli said…
Hi Sarah, thanks for your comments on my photos, always appreciated. I fed the leeks in the pots throughout Aug-Sept. I haven't fed the chard at all. I'm quite bad about feeding plants!
At 17:47 on October 10, 2010, Jan Willetts said…
Thanks Sarah, glad to have you as a friend-I'm really enjoying being able to 'talk" gardening whenever I want!
At 5:56pm on October 10, 2010, Jan Willetts gave Sarah Rideout a gift
At 15:35 on December 31, 2010, Jan Willetts said…
Happy new Year to you too sarah. Haven't been out the house much due to bad weather, thought about it this morning and decided I would be cosier by the fire with my Xmas books instead! Snow has finally gone, some broad beans survived, everything else looking a bit mushy. Planning for a new plot/garden share with a neighbour-it looks perfect in my head, but need to get something down on paper. looking forward to doing this and sending off  a seed order, what are your plans? Must go and look at the peat discussion!

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