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How to get things to grow #1: How we sow

The allotment chat on this blog functions pretty much as a diary of what we've grown, rather than how we've grown it. However, we've been doing this for a bunch of years now, and have over that time…


Added by Lee James on March 12, 2017 at 18:01 — No Comments

Festive allotment check-up

Don't get me wrong, Christmas is brilliant, obviously. Going home and drinking tonnes of booze and forcing a week's worth of calories down the chute in twenty four hours and then meeting other people that you don't see all that often for more drinks and food and then seeing some of the outlying relatives…


Added by Lee James on December 29, 2016 at 16:45 — No Comments

Late season scorecard

We've been neglecting the plot again. Not full-on Fritzl-level neglect you understand, but certainly enough to alert the authorities, assuming that there were any authorities that paid attention to neglected…

Added by Lee James on September 25, 2016 at 20:19 — No Comments

Drying out the alliums

The recent blast of inferno-like conditions has hit us at a rather handy moment, as we've hoiked up all that remained of our autumn-planted allium crops and got them in the shed drying out. From past experience, autumn-planted onions don't store anything like as well as their spring-planted counterparts…


Added by Lee James on July 23, 2016 at 21:57 — No Comments

End of season allotment scorecard

This was the scene at the allotment on Sunday, when our attendance managed to neatly and happily bisect a couple of squally rain showers. For shame: I haven't written anything veg-related on here since July, and in truth our attendance of the plot in real life over the last couple of months has been scarcely any more regular. The…


Added by Lee James on November 25, 2015 at 18:58 — 4 Comments

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

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

Back In The Game!

What have have we done? Signed up for a new allotment, that's what! Or, rather, we've signed up for what will, at some point in the future, be an allotment. Right now it's a bramble-strewn former pigeon loft dumping ground. But, in its…

Added by Lee James on February 7, 2015 at 18:49 — 6 Comments

Loosing Our Plot?

Well today was a bit of a stinker and no mistake, the type of Sabbath which might drive Alan Partridge to exclaim "Sunday, bloody Sunday!" Not only did the mackems dole yet out another dose of misery to those of a black and white…

Added by Lee James on December 21, 2014 at 22:33 — 1 Comment

Downsizing and Tidying Up

A couple of weekends away, like the ones we've had recently, are all it takes for things to get unruly in allotment land. We spent a few hours down there today harvesting bits and bobs and having a well-needed tidy. There is an extra…

Added by Lee James on October 5, 2014 at 20:57 — No Comments

The last harvest?

September has provided some us some serious gluts as well a couple of useful lessons, all set to a soundtrack of ominous, if not outright grim, undertones. More on that last bit later, but first here's some of what we've hauled in and…

Added by Lee James on September 15, 2014 at 22:42 — No Comments

Bank Holiday Beanfest

A couple of hours were wrested from a busy bank holiday on Sunday morning and spent among the crops and weeds. After a storming July, August has been decidedly nippy, with wild talk of frosts in those sheltered rural areas that seem so…

Added by Lee James on August 26, 2014 at 20:19 — No Comments

The Gits Strike Again

There was a story on the news tonight about how homo sapiens are now thought to have spent a good few thousand years alongside our neanderthal cousins before the latter bit the dust, trading, exchanging and even mating with them. Well,…

Added by Lee James on August 20, 2014 at 22:17 — No Comments

Allium Overdrive

We must be either mad dogs or Englishmen, because it was sweltering in the midday sun on Saturday. Having been frolicking up in Northumberland (of which more in due course) during the first of two weeks off work, the weeds required…

Added by Lee James on July 16, 2014 at 19:15 — No Comments

Plot 65: A Tour

Yesterday was spent pottering and picking. Weeds were trimmed and everything that needed it watered - we've had a really dry spell lately - before the fun bit of liberating food from the ground …

Added by Lee James on June 29, 2014 at 14:11 — No Comments

Fruition Ignition!

And so finally the harvest begins. It feels like this point has taken longer to get to than in previous years, but looking here and …

Added by Lee James on June 21, 2014 at 23:53 — 1 Comment

A Tale of Two Potato Patches

Spuds in flower
No allotmenteering for us this weekend gone as we were away in Scarborough (of which more in due…

Added by Lee James on June 16, 2014 at 15:27 — No Comments

Just couldn't be doing with it...

I hope I don't give the impression here that trying to get stuff to grow on an allotment is a care-free jape, in…

Added by Lee James on May 28, 2014 at 22:54 — 2 Comments

A Garden for Free

When we bought our…

Added by Lee James on April 23, 2014 at 18:22 — No Comments

Mad, Bad and Dangerous Upon Which To Grow.

Don't let anyone ever tell you that allotments aren't wild and dangerous places to be. Within just a minute or two of…

Added by Lee James on April 7, 2014 at 23:21 — No Comments

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