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February 2015 Blog Posts (12)

Many hands, in the light, work.

In a weekend of limited allotment-time, we managed a couple of quick trips up to the plot. Hearing that there was a skip on site, Kasia and I dashed up there on Friday after work to rid our patch of some of the larger bits of detritus…

Added by Lee James on February 25, 2015 at 23:08 — 2 Comments

compost....can you have too much?

Tipped out one of the compost daleks today to get some wonderful crumbly good as anything you can buy. The texture is amazing but the material at the bottom of the bin has been 'cooking' for about 18 months so it should be. This stuff forms the basis of my potting mixes and I made…


Added by Colin Robinson on February 15, 2015 at 22:50 — 8 Comments

Annual Spring Clean

 It's that time when I don my oldest (Next stop the bin ) clothes, and descend on the greenhouse with buckets of Jeyes Fluid. A couple of hours sloshing and scrubbing sees me gasping for fresh air and smelling like a newly cleaned public convenience!

Never mind, everything is clean and scrubbed, so it's off to the shower, having dumped most outer garments either in the aforesaid bin, or the washing machine.

So today it was the turn of the sulphur candle. Set the tin on a brick…


Added by Trevor Alun Davies on February 15, 2015 at 20:10 — 2 Comments

back ache

now i am not a salesman i am retired 66 year old who likes his veg patch and not overly fit so last year i bought a backsaver spade and now i enjoy digging the veg ground this tool actualy helps me enjoy digging if you want to see it in action google =  backsaver spade . but bear in mind it is for turning the soil you can not dig holes etc anyone with lots of digging should be interested in this tool i know it was not cheap but what price do you put on making the job easy to my mind spades…


Added by steve heath on February 9, 2015 at 6:38 — 6 Comments


I sometimes wonder about people's loss of knowledge of the seasons.

We have now had about 50 days of winter time. another 40 to go until first day of spring,

On March 21st, if I am not mistaken, we have 12 hours daylight, 12 hours darkness.

Mid spring time is May2nd.

First day of summer 21st June,

Mid summer August 2nd.

First day of Autumn 21st September.

Some office workers/car users wonder whether we have seasons any more due…


Added by Gareth Howell on February 8, 2015 at 13:00 — No Comments

The Hungry Gap

"The Hungry Gap" is the period between the finish of the Winter veggies and the start of the new season's ones - a time when in the past lots of people went hungry.

I have written about my Hungry Gap garden here:


I'd love to hear from other UKVG members about what they do to avoid this lean period. Do you have veggies that…


Added by Mark Willis on February 7, 2015 at 19:51 — 2 Comments

Protecting potato plants

I'm sure many UKVG members are chitting their seed potato tubers right now. I certainly am. Due to lack of space I grow my spuds in containers, so they are relatively easy to protect from frost, wind and rain.

I have written here about my strategy for protecting my young plants...



Added by Mark Willis on February 7, 2015 at 19:46 — No Comments

Back In The Game!

What have have we done? Signed up for a new allotment, that's what! Or, rather, we've signed up for what will, at some point in the future, be an allotment. Right now it's a bramble-strewn former pigeon loft dumping ground. But, in its…

Added by Lee James on February 7, 2015 at 18:49 — 6 Comments

Lincolnshire is nearly ready for spring

This weekend will be the start of the new season for me. Tomatoes, Peppers and Chillies will be sown in plugs in our utility room. I was hoping to sow broad beans and Egyptian beans but we still have frozen ground so I will try next weekend.

I have used the time to build a bird nest box and I hope to get another made this weekend as long as our Grandson wants to help.

We still have a field of leeks nearby, I wonder if they will harvest them or just plough them in? I saw a man walk… Continue

Added by Duncan Seth-Smith on February 6, 2015 at 18:22 — 3 Comments

It's Only Just Begun.............

The new season has begun!  Well I'm off and running with parsnips sown and a few other jobs stacking up for the next couple of weeks.  The new season has begun!

Added by Damo on February 1, 2015 at 17:20 — 2 Comments

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