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June 2011 Blog Posts (60)

First produce from the Polytunnel!

Just over a couple of weeks since it was completed, I'm getting produce from the tunnel. Maybe I should keep a count fo what I get from it?


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Added by Rob Duffin on June 29, 2011 at 23:22 — 1 Comment

Shock News - Plot flourishes while I'm away!


I should go away more often, it's the best harvest I've had off the plot for a while.

Added by Damo on June 28, 2011 at 18:10 — 2 Comments

Beetroot babies

Poking around the beetroot bed yesterday evening, I judged a few of the roots big enough to gently tease out and cook ...

Added by Caro on June 28, 2011 at 8:56 — 1 Comment

Broccoli Bonanza


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Added by elaine rickett on June 28, 2011 at 8:32 — No Comments

Secret blackcurrant bush

Hiding away in the 'shrubbery' I found a self-seeded blackcurrant bush - it was absolutely laden with huge blackcurrants.  My official bush at the allotment is always a bit hit and miss with its cropping so I was delighted by my find.  I intend making blackcurrant cordial with the 2lb. of fruit that I picked.

Added by elaine rickett on June 27, 2011 at 18:38 — 2 Comments

keeping it cool...

Hi Guys I've been struggling with my mini greenhouse this weekend... continue at

Added by Matt Richmond on June 27, 2011 at 9:59 — 1 Comment


Some gardeners talk about their gardens being a kind of organized chaos. Seemingly haphazard plantings give an impression of natural growth just springing up of its own accord but there is far more thought goes into these things than one might imagine.

Added by Colin Robinson on June 25, 2011 at 22:10 — 1 Comment

Sweetcorn disaster

Hi all, Can anyone help me?

I have been a keen gardener and veg plot holder for some 20 plus years and until this year have had extremely good results with sweetcorn. After planting three varieties in different types of compost in my greenhouse I gave up and purchased some from a garden center. Is there a full proof way anyone knows of?

Would love to hear as always learning the error of my ways!


Added by Peter Clayton on June 24, 2011 at 18:02 — 6 Comments

Legumes - disappointing croppers.


Now I get why people plant great forests of peas! They dont go very far do they?

I needed 10 times as many.

Fresh in the pod they are like sucking on liquid fructose. They never get to the kitchen!



The same goes for the broad beans. The falafel bonanza I was…


Added by Melinda Que_Linda on June 24, 2011 at 10:11 — 5 Comments

Colour- Anemones and California poppies.

 Front garden containers



Added by Melinda Que_Linda on June 24, 2011 at 9:48 — 3 Comments

Happiness is mine ...

Yesterday my new secateurs arrived!  At last, a pair of Felco no 12s are mine, ha ha hah! These are the ones with the swivelling handle, made for small hands. I'm fighting the urge to go mad pruning and snipping in the garden.  So far, I've restricted myself to snipping off brown leaves from my houseplants ... that and picking them up for a quick squeeze every time I pass them.  Daft, I know, but having had perfectly good secateurs from Wilkinson Sword (or such like) up until now, these…


Added by Caro on June 24, 2011 at 8:55 — 7 Comments

Bigger and better

Why is it that when you give your spare seedlings to friends, out of the kindness of your heart, they grow better for them than they do for you.  Visiting a friends garden yesterday she pointed out the sunflower plants I had given her.  They were twice the size of mine.  Similarly, another friend gave me a load of spare petunia seedlings.  I didn't thin them, just bunged them in a container all together in a clump.  Guess what?  They look marvellous.  When… Continue

Added by elaine rickett on June 24, 2011 at 8:24 — 3 Comments

Cauliflower 'Ere

Cauliflowers have always been a problem veg for us....not this year!


There's a Cauliflower 'Ere

Added by Mo on June 24, 2011 at 8:20 — 3 Comments

Attack of the killer caterpillars!

Any idea what's doing this to the Fuschia leaves - some sort of sawfly or caterpillar or waspy thingy?

Added by elaine rickett on June 23, 2011 at 22:37 — 5 Comments

Nearly July more like November

I went out this evening to do the usual round of container watering and after a few minutes rushed back inside to put on a pair of socks and a coat.  It was really chilly.  Surely, at this time of year we should be enjoying idling outside on these long evenings instead of rushing about to keep warm. 

Added by elaine rickett on June 23, 2011 at 22:30 — No Comments

Easy Redcurrant Jelly

I thought that if any of you had managed to salvage some redcurrants from the blackbirds this easy redcurrant jelly might be useful for you. Especially because you can make a small amount of it.

They are so pretty as they are but I am never sure what to do with them other than stick them on top of things:



Then I found this in my ‘Sensational Preserves’ Book. It's a ‘no cook’ recipe.…


Added by Clairetweet on June 22, 2011 at 17:38 — 4 Comments

fruity progress

After the gale force winds we had in May I was unsure about how much of a fruit crop I would be harvesting this year. The tree fruits suffered badly from wind burn of the leaves and there was a severe thinning of the little fruitlets. But all is not lost. You’ll see from the pics that I should be having a fruity summer and autumn!!

Added by Colin Robinson on June 21, 2011 at 21:30 — 5 Comments

Open Gardens - I Survived

Well the gods certainly smiled on Pittenweem for Open Gardens.  I spent most of Saturday afternoon in my waterproofs on my hands and knees pulling weeds out of the gravel paths (the joys of organic gardening) and clearing up yet more fallen leaves in the pouring rain, all the while asking myself ‘why?’  But on Sunday we woke to blue skies and sunshine.  

Thanks for all your encouragement; I'm glad I decided to go ahead despite my previous misgivings.

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Added by Pen Turnbull on June 21, 2011 at 1:22 — 2 Comments

Pumpkin Surprise!

I have had an accidental success on the plot this weekend,  which you can read about here. If only everything could produce such good results for so little effort.

Added by Plot Notes Phil on June 19, 2011 at 23:41 — 2 Comments

Blackbirds-1 : Me-0

     The other day my big old redcurrant bush that ive inherited on my plot was dripping in currants. I went away looking for recipes for redcurrant jelly. I was looking forward to it as ive never used redcurrants for cooking before. However the next day....

Added by Crazii_C on June 19, 2011 at 11:02 — 1 Comment

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