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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 beans, lettuce,

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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

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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

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