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Is it really worth growing veg over winter?

In this video I explore the big benefits of continuing to harvest over winter.   These are the main points: Always harvesting makes for nice clean beds A fully stocked polytunnel means well hydrated healthy soil in spring Winter food is just beautiful Visiting for an hour or so 2-3...

Allotment Diary (February – week 3)

Allotment Finances We’ve harvested a total of £448 of fruit veg this year We’ve spent a total of £289 this year, mostly one time investments What we’ve harvested and eaten We harvested a total of £83 worth of veg this week, incredibly this is less than last week, but that’s...

Update on my ‘crazy’ allotment growing experiments

For a variety of reasons I’ve ended up with a batch of really well advanced brassica’s, according to the authorities some of these over-winter ok, but other’s like Broccolini and Romanesco are never mentioned as candidates for over-wintering and planting in spring.  Anyway I have some, and some sprouts, that...

Why I Make YouTube Videos

In this video I accept a challenge posed by Mike and Jan of the Bookend Allotment Channel to explain the 5 reasons why I make youtube videos, which are all very positive.  I also take the opportunity to briefly touch on the potential negatives of getting drawn in my the...

Growing Calabrese For The Hungry Gap

Calabrese is one of my favourite brassicas and it’s a particular treat early in the season when last year’s kale is going to seed, the sprouts have gone, the cauliflower’s aren’t ready and all you have is cabbage! This video shows how I’m growing early calabrese, planting in autumn, carefully...

Allotment Diary (February – week 2)

Allotment Finances We’ve harvested a total of £365 of fruit veg this year We’ve spent a total of £275 this year, mostly one time investments What we’ve harvested and eaten We harvested a ‘grand’ total of £88 worth of veg this week, excluding anything from the store. We had 33...

Growing Perennial Kale for the Hungry Gap

I’m growing two types of perennial kale this year and they make an excellent complement to the annuals.  They are especially useful in the hungry gap, when annual kale is exhausted or going to seed the perennials are in their youthful resurgence and growing strong.  That lasts well into the...