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Frozen

The UK has been gripped by an arctic blast for several days with temperatures plummeting well below freezing. I'm reading reports of temperatures dipping as low as -15C last night in Scotland. Yikes! Thankfully it's not as cold as that in my region of SE England but it's still bitterly cold. A light dusting of… Continue reading Frozen

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Leeks On Fleek

Seeing photos of strapping leeks on other allotment blogs and Instagram left me with a serious case of leek envy. For years I've found growing leeks for the table impossible, unless eating mushy pulp with maggots is a thing? I like to think I'm tolerant of the hidden surprises within organic vegetables but that's taking… Continue reading Leeks On Fleek

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Chilly Weather

November has been mostly mild and soggy which means the ground is now truly saturated, the dusty soil of summer long gone. The barmy autumn temperatures are also gone with a frosty start to the week, it certainly feels cold enough for snow and I can feel the shift creeping into my bones, my trusty… Continue reading Chilly Weather

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Summer Harvests and Planting

It has been a tricky growing year, extremely high temperatures and no significant rain for many months means watering has been a real chore. But it's starting to pay off now with lots of harvests. I've grown some decent carrots, these are Autumn King which are incredibly tasty too. I also have a purple variety… Continue reading Summer Harvests and Planting

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Scorching Hot on the Plot

Gosh it's hot. Sticky heatwave weather arrived the end of last week sending temperatures rocketing back up to 30C and beyond. The temperature could climb even higher over the coming days. Ugh. The watering cans are getting plenty of action on the allotment, it's enough to keep crops ticking over but the parched soil is… Continue reading Scorching Hot on the Plot