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May 2013 Blog Posts (30)

Pumpkin Hundred Weight

I don’t normally go in for the growing food that you can’t eat but on this occasion I will make an exception, I am growing a variety called hundred weight. I have done a bit of research on this variety and got a bit worried at the size they can get! But hopefully it won’t be too big. I started by digging a large hole about 2ft wide and 2ft deep my soil in this part of the allotment where I plan to grow it isn’t that great so needs a lot of help to get it going, I filled the whole…


Added by Stacy Drury on May 31, 2013 at 20:12 — No Comments

playing catch-up

Not me, the plants. It's amazing what a few days of decent weather can do to things. After what seems like months of sulking everything is romping away now.

This is part of the potato plot.…


Added by Colin Robinson on May 30, 2013 at 23:31 — 3 Comments

Can You Have Too Many Tomatoes?

I think I have.  After I lost the first lot of seedlings to frost in the greenhouse - I re-sowed, and I re-sowed BIG TIME.  Far more than I need, far more than I have ever sown before.  I normally plant about six for the greenhouse and three for outdoors - that is plenty for us, enough to eat fresh, cook with and freeze.  But for some reason I got a bit carried away and  have grown more double that, they have all taken and are growing well - and I can't bear to get rid of the surplus - so,…


Added by elaine rickett on May 30, 2013 at 13:33 — 2 Comments

Low Impact Living Initiative (LILI)

 Without wishing in any way to draw the interest from Ukveg growers website blogs, the enterprise of LILI has caught my imagniation for some years with regard to the desire for many to return to a rural and working self employed way of life, without being in the thrall of large farming enterprises themselves.

The work LILI and others are doing is different but similar to Stephen's website work so you might be interested to read these two Web pages and follow their…


Added by Gareth Howell on May 29, 2013 at 14:49 — 4 Comments

Summer what summer?

Exactly 1 month to midsummers day and the temperature in Eastbourne today is 7c can anybody beat that? apart from the broad beans all my other plants on the plot are bewildered.

Added by david ford on May 24, 2013 at 16:00 — 7 Comments

Nettle Soup

Nettles seem to be loving this cold wet weather, we have loads of them on our plot. Time to make some Nettle Soup!…


Added by Laila Noort on May 23, 2013 at 11:41 — 8 Comments

Transplanting Tomatoes . The Salad Bar and Veggie Progress

A bit of sunshine, a bit of rain and a lot of grey skies this week.  Sunday was glorious and I managed to catch up on a lot of gardening jobs.  There is so much to do at this time of year that it is hard to  know where to start.  A lot of things are ready to be planted out - I have already planted some brassicas - cabbage, broccoli - and yesterday the runner beans went out at the plot, covered with fleece and liberally sprinkled with slug pellets, just in case.…


Added by elaine rickett on May 23, 2013 at 8:32 — 3 Comments

I'll be with you in... blossom time, although it's a bit late this year. This might be a good thing as there's plenty of blossom and plenty of insects about so things are looking good for an excellent harvest.

This is my James Grieve which is absolutely covered in flowers.…


Added by Colin Robinson on May 21, 2013 at 23:30 — No Comments

Honesty I Do

Added by Robert on May 18, 2013 at 15:30 — No Comments


Today in the south west we have got the first good fruit pollination day since 2011.

It is 60*f, and warmer would be better still.

No prime bee swarms this year; it is just  a little too late. good swarms perhaps.

I have not noticed a good prime swarm year for many years, but I am not involved any more.

Added by Gareth Howell on May 16, 2013 at 10:14 — No Comments

Wet and then dry as life springs forth

Wet and then dry as life springs forth…


Added by Lee James on May 14, 2013 at 23:05 — No Comments

first potatoes

We had the first of the new potatoes today - nearly a fortnight later than the last two years but not surprising given the cold spring.

The variety is Home Guard and they tasted lovely but the yield was poor compared to my favourite Lady Christl. I suppose I…


Added by Colin Robinson on May 12, 2013 at 20:04 — 4 Comments

Malvern Spring Show

I had a great time there on Thursday. I've done a round up of blog posts I've found over the weekend giving you a flavour of what there was this year.

Here's a view of the auricula theatre display in the Flower Marquee to tempt you over...…


Added by VP on May 12, 2013 at 16:59 — No Comments

The Right to Grow your Own

A bit of a rant on the new law the EU enforced that prohibits the use of non-certified seeds.…


Added by Laila Noort on May 9, 2013 at 8:57 — 5 Comments

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