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August 2012 Blog Posts (68)

The National Garden Show

A great day out at the Bath and West Show Ground

There was the National Giant Veg Championships, Open Veg Show, NVS District Veg Show and the National Dahlia Championships

Plenty to see and a great day out

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Added by Blicky on August 31, 2012 at 19:00 — 1 Comment

the year of exotic fruit

Although it has been a real struggle to get worthwhile crops of many things this year my frantic sowing of just about any seed I could get my hands on has had some interesting results.  I've never grown squash before but here's a nicely swelling uchiki kuri growing in a sheltered spot outside.…

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Added by Colin Robinson on August 31, 2012 at 18:14 — No Comments

Only 8 days to go!!!

Its only 8 days till my last two Shows.  Forres on Saturday the 8th September and Dufftown which is a two day show also on 8th & 9th September. Its going to be a bit of a struggle but hope to have enough for a collection at both, plus potato collection at both and some Celery, Shallots and Peas. Also will lift my Long Beet and Parsnips but dont hold out much hope for them.  But will wait and see.  I'm taking the Friday off to get stuff ready and will work away at my potatoes during the…

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Added by John Martin on August 31, 2012 at 13:22 — 3 Comments

Feeling that our plot has been like a bit if a noose around my neck this year, which is really sad because we had such a fabulous harvest last year! Last year being our first year as allotmenteers. T…

Feeling that our plot has been like a bit if a noose around my neck this year, which is really sad because we had such a fabulous harvest last year! Last year being our first year as allotmenteers. This year has been such a washout and my motivation has dwindled. Its not helped that every time i take my daughter, 18 months, she gets fed up after about 20 minutes! I was so disheartened when I went down a month or so back and the grass/weeds were almost thigh high! Still I really want to keep it… Continue

Added by Michelle Parker on August 30, 2012 at 11:18 — 8 Comments

A Full Day (and a bit)'s Toil, Plus Double-Newt Action

You've got to love bank holidays, that extra day makes all the difference. Saturday was, allotment-wise, a write-off as it rained pretty much all day. It was that fine rain that gets you really wet too. We thumbed our collective nose at the elements and headed to Tynemouth and Whitley Bay for a…

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Added by Lee James on August 27, 2012 at 17:19 — No Comments

The Sun Has Got His Hat On !

At last some sun and the tomatoes are starting to ripen!…

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Added by Mr Sparkles on August 26, 2012 at 18:24 — 2 Comments

Today's Lesson

Thought it was time i did something with the shallots ! Watched a youtube video and decided to plait them into ropes making them easier to store, ( and look good).  …

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Added by Mr Sparkles on August 26, 2012 at 17:14 — No Comments

Lhanbryde & District Show results



Well we have all heard of people being lucky, today I think it happened to me (to an extent) Having decided that I could not commit to going to the NVS Scottish branch show at Kelso on sunday I threw my self into Lhanbryde show.  !8 entries with 14 firsts 2 seconds and 2 thirds it was a successful day. I also got the Spey fruit cup for onion sets , Best Exhibit in fruit & veg and Best Exhibit in show for my stump carrots.  This was way beyond…

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Added by John Martin on August 26, 2012 at 15:36 — No Comments

Sunday Harvest

Output from the courgette plants seems to be declining rapidly - from three plants only one decent courgette. The patty pan squashes are still doing ok - I have had about a dozen this week.  A handful of runner beans every day - just enough to eat but not much in the way of surplus.  The big bonus today was…

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Added by elaine rickett on August 26, 2012 at 11:37 — No Comments

Todays Tomato Harvest

The Alicante have started ripening at last, the Tumbling Toms are so ripe they are dropping off the bush, a few Gardeners Delight -…

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Added by elaine rickett on August 25, 2012 at 11:46 — 1 Comment

Preserving Summers Bounty

don't know about you, but I have already started preserving the excess from crops that are doing well, in readiness for winter.  There are many different ways of doing this - drying, leathering, smoking, freezing, bottling, juicing, jamming, pickling, salting - to name just a few continued

Added by elaine rickett on August 25, 2012 at 8:54 — 4 Comments

Cut Your Losses

Blight!!!!!

Added by Damo on August 25, 2012 at 7:43 — No Comments

Lhanbryde & District Show

Well after much debate (mainly with myself) & Mrs M.  We have decided that we cant make the NVS branch show at Kelso this Sunday.  So instead I will attempt to stage something in the region of 18 entries at Lhanbryde.  I have already got the Potato dishes and board sorted and my carrots, onions and shallots up. Caulies and beetroot plus celery to sort. Will post some pics tomorrow before the show if I can.  Still having real problems with vermin in the plot and had to lift the kitchen…

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Added by John Martin on August 24, 2012 at 16:18 — 1 Comment

Unripe Tomatoes

 

I wonder if they will ever ripen?…

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Added by Mr Sparkles on August 24, 2012 at 9:23 — No Comments

Yesterday's Harvest

This was yesterday's harvest, not bad! spinach, 6 varieties of lettuce, broad beans, runner beans, Wilja potatoes, courgettes and swiss chard.  wonder what tommorow will…

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Added by Mr Sparkles on August 24, 2012 at 9:08 — 2 Comments

My Allotment Challenges



This is my third year of having a plot at the Laxey allotment and during that time I've continued to update my bed layouts and to try different types of crops. Even so, I feel that I sometimes make decisions that turn out to be less than ideal for my growing situation. If it weren't for these well-intended mistakes then I…

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Added by Lovely Greens on August 22, 2012 at 17:56 — No Comments

New Herb for Me: Vietnamese Coriander

The last couple of times I've been to my local garden centre, which I only discovered last year, they didn't seem to have a large variety of plants, but this might have been due to the summer season ending.



A couple of weekends ago I headed down there to find a great variety of flower plants, vegetables, trees including fruit and a large section full of herbs, some of which I never thought I'd see there, including the Vietnamese Coriander plant which I picked up for £1.49.…

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Added by TheLittleBalcony on August 22, 2012 at 10:30 — No Comments

My first home grown blueberries!

I was given two lovely blueberry bushes for my birthday back in the spring. I wasn't expecting too much from them this year, after all the wet weather - but we've just started picking our own, home-grown blueberries! I just hope the bushes survive the winter...…

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Added by Alderandash on August 22, 2012 at 0:09 — 5 Comments

Harvest (in the nick of) Time

When, in the depths of winter, we're plodging around in freezing mud like idiots in order to try and get a patch on the allotment sorted, it'll help to have a record of a day like today. …

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Added by Lee James on August 21, 2012 at 23:09 — No Comments

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