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Tales from allotment 65 – on bird scaring and books

by Nicki Slater, The Imagination Workshop *** It’s been an amazing month and I am astounded by how things have changed after a sunny spell. Everything looks so much happier for some warm sun, rain and my organic liquid feeding: all leaves are now a healthy green and everything is flowering. We have started harvesting in earnest and are eating courgettes, beetroots (both roots and leaves), potatoes, broad be ...

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Tales from allotment 65: on pea weevils and topsoil…

Well I’m not sure where to start this month. Things are looking bleak on our patch and I’m feeling very despondent. I read somewhere recently that allotmenting is a marathon and not a sprint, if that is true then I have reached the wobbly legged stage when you think all is lost. All the green bean, courgette and pumpkin plants that I was so pleased with in my spare room are looking extremely sorry for thems ...

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Tales from Allotment 65 – on gooseberries and slugs

Nearly one month in and it is amazing how much we have achieved. Our friend Craig has built a fantastic new net cage over the new gooseberry bush which is now bearing tiny wee green gooseberries. We’ve planted a globe artichoke in there too but it will be 2012 before we see any artichoke action. I am taking great delight in making things from found stuff.   I salvaged some lovely old bricks ...

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Tales from allotment 65: on digging and riddling

by Nicki Slater, Imagination Workshop Set off earlier this month for my first day of allotmenting proper, VERY excited and with hoe in hand. Imagine my heartbreak when I arrived to see ALL fruit bushes, apples trees, nets and rhubarb completely gone. The previous tenants had showed up and removed the lot.  I know it was theirs and they could take it if they wanted but I must admit a small tear formed i ...

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