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Allotment Inspiration

6. January 2011

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Allotment Inspiration

Setting-up and maintaining a plot can seem daunting, particularly for the inexperienced vegetable grower. If you are thinking about this idea then check out a new book called The Allotment Source Book by Caroline Foley which is a complete reference for everything to do with managing an allotment, from soil and plot organisation to propagation […]

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RHS highlights garden renaissance

5. August 2010

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Increasing numbers of people are joining their local garden and allotment clubs, says the Royal Horticultural Society in the lead up to its annual Dig Together Day on 4th and 5th September.http://www.rhs.org.uk/digtogetherday The gardening ‘renaissance’ was revealed by a recent survey of 100 of the Society’s affiliated gardening clubs – 73% of clubs saw their […]

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Allotment Adventures

19. April 2010

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Allotment Adventures

I have been digging over my allotment, inspired by Alys Fowler’s second Edible Garden programme. Have also invested in her excellent book of the same name which is a great read with helpful info and stylish photos. http://www.amazon.co.uk/Edible-Garden-How-Have-Your/dp/1846079748 Alice’s experiences with tomato blight were the main theme this week. She does seem to have been […]

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RHS and BBC promote Grow your Own

6. April 2010

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RHS and BBC promote Grow your Own

Grow Your Own appears to be the recipe for engaging gardeners at the moment. Both the RHS and the BBC have excellent on-line resources with tips, guides and ideas for growing anything and everything edible this year. I personally like the BBC Dig In site which is easy to use and clearly explains how to grow different types of crop. http://www.bbc.co.uk/gardening/digin/vegetables/ […]

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How to set up a vegetable allotment

5. April 2010

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How to set up a vegetable allotment

Great excitement – today I was given a patch of soil at The Village allotments by my local buddy, Councillor Steve Wallis who just happens to be the portfolio holder for the Environment at Eastbourne Borough Council. It is nearly a year since I first discovered the Village with its totally unique set up of […]

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Veg patch planning

25. January 2010

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Veg patch planning

One of the best things about growing your own veg is planning exactly what to grow and where to locate the various crops. There is such a huge choice of different crops now that is obviously quite a challenge to find room for everything. Check out this on-line system if you are at the crucial […]

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Climate change allotments bloom

18. January 2010

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Following on from my last blog , it does appear that the government are finallywaking up to the power of individuals growing their own food in their own gardens, roof-tops or any available space: http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2010/jan/04/grow-your-own-unused-land-2030 The BBC has also got behind the value of growing your own produce to combat carbon emmissions .Check out its […]

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Overseas veg take root on the South Coast

11. September 2009

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Overseas veg take root on the South Coast

I popped round to see what has been happening in The Village allotments in the Meads, Eastbourne and bumped into a very interesting guy called Jo. I was actually admiring his impressive sweet corn – or maize as he calls it – and he explained that he had grown them from seed sent to him […]

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National Allotments Week inspires veg plot party

9. August 2009

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National Allotments Week inspires veg plot party

This week is being celebrated on allotments all over the UK as it is National Allotments Week. Run by the National Society of Allotment and Leisure Growers since 2005, this aims to promote the awareness and availablitity of allotments locally and nationally to demonstrate to local authorities the strength of support and interest for the […]

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Big Lunch promotes human warming

20. July 2009

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Yesterday was the day when the Eden Project suggested that we all get together to share a meal, using  produce that we have grown ourselves or, that has been locally sourced. The idea came from one of my favourite Eden gurus – Tim Smit who wanted to promote “human warming.” He summed it up when […]

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