Author: Steve Richards

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Allotment Diary–Thursday 16 June 2016

I’m starting to come out of my flare today, which was lucky as Matt was joining me on the allotment for some “honest day’s work” therapy away from the office.  He’s a massive veg fan and had a great time snacking freshly picked leaves, beans, berries and radish, and took...

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Allotment Diary–Wednesday 15 June 2016

Started to feel a bit better today, so I very slowly turned my third compost bin, into my second empty bin, adding greens and chicken manure and water as I went, it’s already had one hot period of composting back in April, but hopefully this will give it another burst...

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Allotment Diary–Tuesday 14 June 2016

Started my new project today, painting the fence that’s going to mark the entrance to my plot.  The fence is going to be a planter as well.  The Dark Oak colour is pretty opaque, but not quite enough for a single coat to cover all of the red paint, it...

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Allotment Diary–Monday 13 June 2016

I’m not very well today, some kind of throat infection so I’m body sore and my mind is asleep.  I still managed to potter around the allotment for a couple of hours though, mostly wandering randomly around looking for weeds and cropping. I also noticed my first cucumber I also...

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Allotment Diary–Sunday 12 June 2016

I did a lot of weeding today and it struck me how strange it to to enjoy weeding, then I realised that it has all the hallmarks of being in ‘flow’, you need to concentrate, it take a long time, you make progress.  basically it’s a state of relaxed, focused...

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Allotment Diary–Saturday 11 June 2016

I’ve created a new Instagram account to go with this blog, that has lots of allotment photo’s, it’s at https://www.instagram.com/stevesallotmentnews/. Today has been mostly raining, so the focus has been cropping, I pulled a row of radish and planted some new red lettuce seeds that I’m keen to try, I’m...

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Allotment Diary–Friday 10 June 2016

It rained today, which meant that for the first time in months I didn’t have to do ANY watering, as the poly tunnels have been replaced by mesh tunnels and the greenhouse is self watering from below.  This meant that I really felt on top of things for the first...

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Allotment Diary–Wednesday 08 June 2016

I took Elona and her sister Grace to the allotment today and they worked hard on the weeding, giving me the chance to dig over more of the area under the trees.  I’m not sure how practical gardening under the tress will be once the wind fall’s start, but it’s...