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The Edible Garden Show

Started this discussion. Last reply by Fred Hogg Mar 18, 2013. 1 Reply

Went to the Edible Garden Show in Stoneleigh on Saturday and had a good morning there... Some great ideas and even got to see Jame Wong and his offerings!!!The show was mostly undercover, which on a…Continue

Broad Beans n Chrysants!

Started this discussion. Last reply by Gareth Howell Mar 22, 2013. 9 Replies

When is it safe to plant out broad beans??  I have started some off in the cold greenhouse but am scared to put them outside yet as I freeze when I go out there at the moment let alone the plants!!…Continue

Piccolo Tomatoes - seed collecting

Started this discussion. Last reply by elaine rickett Mar 20, 2012. 13 Replies

Has anyone grown this variety??   After my mum raving about this tomato she got from Tesco as the best and sweetest she had ever tasted I had to try them... And, to be fair, I had to agree with her…Continue

Three Sisters Planting

Started this discussion. Last reply by Gareth Howell Mar 25, 2014. 13 Replies

The Iroquois native Americans developed the complimentary planting technique of planting Beans, Squash and Corn - the Three Sisters together. I have been thinking about cherry-picking from this…Continue


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Plot 13 - New Slow-Season

Posted on April 15, 2012 at 22:42 3 Comments

Its slow-going on Plot 13...

After a few stops and starts I have managed to get my first crop - a large bunch of daffodils (King Alfred) to give my mum for Easter!! Have finally met the president of the allotment committee and also some more of the neighbours - a friendly bunch.

Ive been busy clearing other peoples rubbish from my plot - people seem to think coz the plot isnt cleared they can dump their rubbish on mine :-( So still lots of rubbish to sort!!   Think my…


Plot 13 - The Return

Posted on September 4, 2011 at 14:21 2 Comments

After some time away trying to find a job and important things like that I made the decision to not rush to get crops in for this growing season but to prepare the allotment for winter and do some proper planning for the next year.


Disappointingly I decided to concentrate on the potted-crops on my roof, the urban jungle, but have not had much luck with that this year.  I just dont think it got as much sun as it did last year... I have lots of green but not much to harvest…


Plot 13 - Machete Attack!

Posted on June 4, 2011 at 11:10 11 Comments

After the rains at the begining of last week I have finally managed to get into Plot 13 and see what there is as I hacked away at the new plot with my new best friend - a sharp big reaping "axe"!!! It looks like a long handled machete!! Unsurprisingly we managed to get through the 4ft stinging nettles, small trees, brambles and bushes with ease!!…


Plot 13

Posted on May 28, 2011 at 13:39 10 Comments

After disaterous couple of weeks which resulted in this week me being made redundant and breaking my iPhone I finally managed to secure myself a sizeable allotment on Friday!!! Hoorah!!

I received some useful and helpful advise from the allotments secretary I chose a location close to the water source, near the entrance and also to the car park. All agreed and just about to sign when was informed it was plot 13!!!


Having tought about the luck I have had of late I…


Comment Wall (3 comments)

At 22:56 on April 5, 2011, Jan Willetts said…
My Dad grows peas and beans in pots as well as potatoes, he's 86 and still enjoys gardening! Good luck with yours.
At 8:03pm on May 30, 2011, Jan Willetts gave Steven Monks a gift
Congratulations on getting the lottie! It will give you lots of exercise by the look of it!
At 22:00 on June 4, 2011, Jan Willetts said…
Great to have you as a friend and look forward to your lottie adventures!

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