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June is here but where is Summer?

June 8th

A typical mixed summer. One day too hot and the next cold and wet. The veg garden is beginning to show signs of summer. Beetroot, is growing despite the ducks cropping the leaves, parsnips..what parsnips. Carrots just showing. Broad beans and field beans growing well,plenty of flowers.

French beans were looking good but have now turned yellow and could all die.the brassicas, cauliflower,broccoli, and particularly the curly kale are doing well. Swiss chard has been cut once… Continue

Added by Duncan Seth-Smith on June 18, 2015 at 17:21 — 1 Comment

Almost south facing back garden

I am not moaning I know I am very lucky to have a south facing garden but..... all my cut and come again lettuce have bolted, as has the rocket, little gem and coriander. I wonder will lettuce grow in the shade as there is a strip alongside the shed. Will give it a go and plant up some more later.

In other news my cucumbers have put on a bit of height, I am harvesting courgettes, sugar snaps and my runner beans have flowers on. The Scarlet Emporor are in front of St George but…


Added by Pat Corbyn on June 16, 2015 at 14:00 — 4 Comments

Sweet Peas

This site has always been about growing quality vegetables however, this post has a change as I am branching out into Exhibition Sweat Peas.

The Sweat Peas came about when I was at the Southern Vegetable Championships and the Sweat Pea Show was next to the Veg Show. I was fascinated at the size, fantastic scent and quality of the flowers and when I inquired how the grower achieved this, I was told that it is exactly the same as how I grow my normal peas, except they go for the flower…


Added by Blicky on June 13, 2015 at 20:41 — 2 Comments


My efforts with garlic over the last three years have been desperate, but we have had two rather hottish years,

2013/2014, so perghaps i am not to blame.   This year, I dag out one bed to discover to my pleasure that there were a couple of hundred small garlic seedlings, which i had not dug out from last year, so I replanted them formally in a different bed.

They have done all right since February but now the wind has damaged many of them in such a way that I think the whole…


Added by Gareth Howell on June 5, 2015 at 17:39 — 1 Comment


Last year I made a deep trench and filled it with comfrey leaves-then I piled the soil back over it.  After about 2 weeks I planted my runner beans and climbing French beans over the comfrey leaf 'pit' and I have never had such a splendid crop.  Going to extend this to my strawberry patch next year when I move the bed.  I make lots of smelly comfrey liquid feed-I just love this plant

Added by Sue Gollop on June 1, 2015 at 22:34 — 3 Comments

Garden Blog

Busy ole day, tomato plants bought a fortnight ago today, 2 gardeners delight, 2 alicante, been potted up in builders buckets, canned and side shoots taken off, growing well noticed a yellow flower forming this morning on one delight, also sowed purple sprouting broccoli, some Brussels, and some primo cabbage, finishing off with some kale, couldn't sow them any earlier has i shall only be able to plant out after i dig my early potatoes, carrots coming well but still waiting for parsnips to…


Added by Gary Pearson on May 17, 2015 at 22:17 — 1 Comment



I am new to this site and also relatively new to gardening. I live in Gloucestershire and have a courtyard garden i.e. decking and gravel and I grow in self watering troughs, pots and trugs. This suits me as I have limited mobility because of rheumatoid arthritus, there are only two of us in the household so I don't have to grow a huge amount of anything. I started last year with the usual suspects and found that I adore home grown tomatoes,…


Added by Pat Corbyn on May 15, 2015 at 12:50 — 2 Comments



So.........We have just bought a house with a large garden ( woop) which at the moment seems to be full of daffodils, which now wont flower until next spring- i find them completely useless as most of the year they are just green leaves- weeds......great for the wildlife but makes you look like a…


Added by on May 10, 2015 at 16:46 — 12 Comments

An update from the Forest despite this VEG UNfriendly weather

May 9th 2015 19:30

Its crazy how as a childless( so far) 29 year old, one gets quite attached to things which with think need our care, be that a bunny rabbit, a beloved old and decrepit teddy bear, or in my case my veg! I had to leave my poor babies unattended last weekend, and hoped that they would be OK. I should have prepared more in retrospect and built them their own…


Added by on May 9, 2015 at 19:42 — 9 Comments

Late April update on May 1st

This is where I am in this part of Lincolnshire. my asparagus is ready for the first harvest, my strawberries are just starting to flower, outside lettuce and radish started to put on growth and then the cold weather arrived, I have marigolds, beetroot and Swiss chard about ready to transplant, they are already hardened off.

Ornamental poppies are at second leaf stage, bizzy Lizzie and delphiniums have not germinated.

My courgettes are progressing quite well but the squash has not… Continue

Added by Duncan Seth-Smith on May 1, 2015 at 21:01 — 1 Comment

1st blog ever!

So my first blog. So many things to say since I have been sowing and caring for my little babies since February! Thank goodness I now have uk veg to vent my excitement instead of boring my work colleagues more than work itself!!!

So far I no particular order of success/death rate... Tomatoes, of many types, Corgettes, runner beans, broad beans, french beans, mange tout, sweet peas, sprouts, poppies, echinops, rosemary, butternut squash. Beetroot and leeks showed… Continue

Added by on April 29, 2015 at 18:49 — 4 Comments

An Update from Lincolnshire

This year I have a couple of new systems to record my success and failures. This will now become my main blog because my original blog site is closing.

This year I started my Toms Perle, Tigerella and Marmande, Peppers and Chilli in the house but they are now in the unheated greenhouse and have been potted up into their final pots, well Buckets, 99p from Wickes or £1 from B&Q.and three hanging baskets for the Perle Toms.

My cabbage,broccoli,cauliflower and curly kale were…


Added by Duncan Seth-Smith on April 17, 2015 at 20:30 — 2 Comments

Boulders,Bricks and Beetroot.

 I rather envy people who can talk about  raised beds. The one thing I have been doing over the last 4 years is to lower the level of garden soil to be able to do anything level at all. I planted spuds about 2 weeks ago and dag them up today. Quite pleasing the way the smaller ones had chitted already.

I dag 'em out because I realized when the sun came out that I have got to dig out 20cu m of very mixed sandstone boulders, sandstone and other things beside.  Getting the…


Added by Gareth Howell on April 11, 2015 at 18:57 — 2 Comments

What does a good session on the allotment plot do for you physically and mentally

Well I have been suffering from really painful sciatica since December of last year due to a lower spine problem probably age related at 73. Point to note I do not suffer from back pain sciatica affects the buttocks and legs..

Well yesterday I had my first really good relaxing long session on the allotment plot digging two long trenches planting two rows of seed potatoes and earthing up,with general tidying time spent about two and a half hours. Result the first time I have been pain…


Added by david ford on April 2, 2015 at 10:30 — 9 Comments

What are you harvesting at the moment?

I am always fascinated to see how differently we all garden.  My neighbour on the allotment likes to clear away everything at this time of year, apart from fruit bushes, and dig the whole allotment over and start off with a blank canvas.  I am still picking curly kale, chard, spinach, leeks, black kale, sprouts, cabbage and caulis. I never seem to have an empty plot. 

Added by Sue Gollop on March 30, 2015 at 22:43 — 5 Comments

Transplanting the Planties

One foot in front of the other…that’s how gardening seems to work. As this is my first real go at planting vegetables and flowers, I haven’t until now realized the importance of gradual growing procedures. Just a couple weeks ago Nick and I got ambitious, probably had one…


Added by Simone Jacqueline on March 30, 2015 at 17:28 — 1 Comment

Some progress of our own

Interested onlookers
It's a pleasure to report some significant progress on the allotment that happened while we…

Added by Lee James on March 24, 2015 at 21:52 — No Comments

The Creativity of Potatoes

My Potatoes have inspired me this past week. 

As I set them out to “chit”, or to sprout their little arms and legs in the cool, dry, semi-spring-like air, I felt a surge of creative energy in my veins. If I can use an old milk-carton, scraps of twine and plastic netting, and a…


Added by Simone Jacqueline on March 17, 2015 at 16:38 — 2 Comments

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

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