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December 2012 Blog Posts (32)

Goodbye 2012 - Hello 2013



Just a few hours early, but

 wishing for perfect veggie growing weather in 2013 - HAPPY NEW YEAR

Added by elaine rickett on December 31, 2012 at 13:46 — 2 Comments

Day Lily

I might  have expected to see first signs of a snowdrop in the garden but shoots of a day lily!

Added by david ford on December 29, 2012 at 12:33 — No Comments

Year of the Slug

2012 was a washout for gardeners but perfect for pests - says an article in the Daily Mail.


"For gardeners, 2012 has been a sorry, soggy affair, with rain wreaking havoc in vegetable patches and flower beds.  However, it's been an annus mirabilis ... for slugs.  The wettest summer in a century created the perfect conditions for the unwanted garden visitors.  One particular winner has been the Spanish super slug - larger than our native variety, and more worryingly, a much…


Added by elaine rickett on December 27, 2012 at 18:57 — 2 Comments

Christmas Dinner - Home grown except for the gravy


It's a good feeling when you can say that almost everything on your plate was produced in your own garden, including parsnips and carrots, potatoes and parsley, thyme - now all I have to figure out is how to grow the gravy.

Added by elaine rickett on December 26, 2012 at 13:11 — 2 Comments

Hanging Tomato Planters


One of the stocking fillers I received this Christmas is a Hanging Tomato Planter which is also suitable for other veg such as peppers, chillies or herbs.  Have any of you ever used one of these - and was it successful?

I don't know whether to bother with it or not - I might just give it a go for experimental purposes.…


Added by elaine rickett on December 26, 2012 at 13:04 — 1 Comment

Happy compost, everyone

Don't forget that Christmas is a great time for us compost makers with loads of stuff that can go in the bin/heap.

From the pre-Christmas house clean I got the contents of several vacuum cleaner bags, then the dog had a good grooming (lots of hair), there's all the veg peelings, cardboard packaging, wrapping paper, etc. If you're a nut lover all the shells can go in although they do take a long time to rot down so I put them in a bag first and bash them up small with a…


Added by Colin Robinson on December 25, 2012 at 16:14 — No Comments

Merry Christmas Everyone


I hope everyone enjoys their Christmas and has a good year in the 2013  veg garden - let's face it - it can't be any worse than this year - can it?

Added by elaine rickett on December 23, 2012 at 16:01 — 2 Comments

Alan Titchmarsh replies to criticism of celebrity gardeners

A good article by him in The Telegraph today over allotments and plot holders, in reply to yesterdays article read it on-line. It offers some good advice

Added by david ford on December 20, 2012 at 9:30 — No Comments

Butternut Squash

I had a nice surprise a few days ago when some of my butternut squash seeds (from a butternut squash I had bought) started sprouting.  They were looking sorry for themselves and were very yellow, but having looked after them they are now bright green and in good health. I don't know what they are but I hope they survive winter. 


Added by Kamila Przekop on December 19, 2012 at 14:26 — No Comments

Celebrity gardeners to blame for neglected allotment plots?

Not sure I wholly agree with the article in the Telegraph today, there are certainly other issues to be considered.

My own site has suffered from a few neglected plots this year, but I put that down partly to the bad weather, lots of weeds, unworkable soil on the plot a lot of the time and as a result poor crop production, there have also been ill health problems with one or two plot holders to consider.

I do agree that a lot of folk do not realise the amount  work needed on a…


Added by david ford on December 19, 2012 at 11:30 — 7 Comments

Festive Pumpkin Chutney

As I'm tapping this out, the windows in our flat are steamed up and the place is full of the smell of spices and sugar; that's right, we've been on the chutney trail again. We've been meaning to make up a batch to give jars of as part of some Christmas …


Added by Lee James on December 16, 2012 at 17:35 — No Comments

Fertiliser recipe

It`s around the time of year when I am looking out the window at the miserable weather not able to do anything useful on the allotment plot when I am thinking about next years plans.

I know members will have their own preferred ways and means but I used this for the last three growing seasons with good results apart from this year when the…


Added by david ford on December 14, 2012 at 11:59 — 4 Comments

withdrawal symptoms...

I’m desperate to be out of the house and doing some gardening. I always get a bit restless at this time of year but I think because it’s been such a bad year for weather I’m really getting withdrawal symptoms now. Trouble is we had weeks of sodden ground because of the rain and now it's set like concrete. I did get a bit of fruit tree pruning done today but the veg plot is looking a bit of a mess and could do with some TLC. Still plenty of stuff to eat out there but most of it is frozen…


Added by Colin Robinson on December 13, 2012 at 20:47 — 3 Comments

How to Live to be a 100

Taken from an article 'Fifty Ways to live to 100' - I have chosen three which are relevant to we gardeners:-



One 80g onion per person is a sneaky way to add to your five portions of fruit and vegetables.  Onions are thought to lower the risk of colorectal cancer, laryngeal cancer and ovarian cancer - they're rich in quercetin, an antioxidant that prevents harmful enzymes from triggering inflammation, and contain sulphur compounds that boost the…


Added by elaine rickett on December 12, 2012 at 12:15 — 6 Comments

End of Year Review

It’s been a very mixed year on the plot. But then it usually is. I’ve learn’t that every year is different, and what is successful one year, won’t necessarily be so the next year, and the same goes for failures. …


Added by Zoe Naylor on December 11, 2012 at 11:21 — 2 Comments

Sunny Sunday stroll to the plot

A gorgeous Sunday today, so despite not really planning to do any great amount of work we headed down the plot to take compost own and check on the fence progress... read…


Added by Lee James on December 9, 2012 at 23:38 — No Comments

Eat the Rainbow - Purples



whole living

Added by elaine rickett on December 9, 2012 at 21:12 — No Comments

Vintage French Poster

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Added by elaine rickett on December 9, 2012 at 21:02 — 2 Comments

Peas still producing!

Went to the plot today, frost and very cold but hey presto ! peas in flower and with pods filling out !! What on earth is going on this year? …


Added by Mr Sparkles on December 9, 2012 at 19:48 — 2 Comments

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