Author: Steve Richards

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Allotment Diary–Friday 24 June 2016

I pulled a batch of onions today that freed me to do some serious planting, they’re not quite fully developed but they look good enough and another month in the ground might deliver another 50p of value, but a month of new crops will probably deliver £10 of crops and...

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Allotment Diary–Thursday 23 June 2016

I’m really frustrated at the moment because I have so much to plant and nowhere to put anything else.  I look across to the side of my plot though where I’m growing peas and beans and I see so little productivity there compared to my other beds, once they’ve cropped...

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Allotment Diary–Tuesday 21 June 2016

Not much going on at the allotment today, painted another half pallet and put up two pallets, so the fence is almost done.  Jon is finishing off the last of the pallets this afternoon. Cropped and pulled up a row of chard, I still have three mature rows and more...

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Allotment Diary–Monday 20 June 2016

Finished painting another pallet today, started a second one and Jon continued painting in the afternoon, so the fence should progress quite a bit tomorrow. Cleared a row of straggly oriental salad, which grew fantastically earlier in the year, but isn’t do so well now that the weather is warmer,...

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Allotment Diary–Sunday 19 June 2016

Only on the allotment for half an hour today, made the most of it and turned my last compost bin.  Now they’ve all been turned they have all warmed up nicely, although they are all declining well below their 50 degree peak. Picked a huge selection of veg for Thom’s...

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Allotment Diary–Friday 17 June 2016

Today was all about planting up the rows that I’d cleared with the big crop yesterday, although I still took two bags of salad, one of kale, one of spring greens. I put in a long row of peas up against the new climbing frame at the plot entrance: this...

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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...