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What a month! Love seeing everything growing, we’ve had some dry spells and water regularly but we’ll soon see what effect if any that’s had on the first earlies that won’t be long to dig up. We’ve had an abundance of fruit; the raspberries have surprised us having so many so early - we normally are harvesting those late August! Mr AO has spent more time this year digging, tidying the edges and so on to make the plot look much better because he had an injury that stopped him playing squash for a while and so he found his new fitness regime here! The beans are slow growing and some have failed but we’ve been hit with some black-fly that seems to be a widespread problem. You can clear them with warm soapy water to stay chemical-free…Everything else seems to be doing well. First time growing radishes and they can be picked soon. We must lift the autumn sown onions too. The garlic is drying out and the peas are thriving. Generally things seem a bit behind compared to other years but it’s all catching up! Sprouts recovered the move and we’re going to sow some more carrots. For some reason we only ever get a small amount. Parsnips however always seem to do brilliantly! They’ve germinated well! We have sweetcorn and leeks too, lost a couple but we have plenty. Well, July looks promising, we love spending time in the sunshine at the plot, it’s now at a point where we can keep on top of the weeds easily, pulling up the odd one appearing along the way. Happy growing! 
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Hello, We seem to have a problem which we are hoping someone can help us with. We have just discovered all these things (cocoons?) on the underside of all the leaf's on two of all garden plants. They have all the appearance dry maggots skins. Can anyone advise us as to what they are and how we should be able get rid of them.Bob Lester

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Well we’ve both been hard at it - tending the allotment that is!!Mr AO has been busy digging and tidying up the edges along with copious amounts of watering during the dry spell.between us, we’ve been trying to get everything planted out and this week some of the direct sowing seedlings have emerged; beans, peas, carrots and beetroot. Parsnips will be some time yet…The sprout seedlings have been planted out albeit droopy for transport shock but we’re confident they’ll recover! Sowed some radishes yesterday and gave some ‘crude support’ with canes and string for the peas and dwarf beans. The potato plants are growing nicely and flowers and the beginnings of fruit have emerged in the strawberries and raspberries… Sweetcorn will be planted out this week and the leeks from last year really need to come out now as they’re starting to bolt. We also have leek seedlings to plant out - busy busy! I repotted our tomato plants outside and sadly looks like we’ve lost one of them but they’re thriving and were well overdue their new home! Rain showers today so it’s all getting a good soaking; no doubt we will see the effects of that next time we’re at the plot! 
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So it’s been a while since I posted and Mr AO and myself have been working hard prepping the soil and getting seedlings down as well as some direct sowing into the ground. We’ve been digging, hoeing, raking and watering despite the lack of rain; which has been really hard work! We currently have last season’s leeks still and some autumn sown onions in. Garlic too…We’ve now sown some more onions, spring onions, beetroot, dwarf beans, peas, onions parsnips, carrots and courgettes directly into the soil and await their growth! In trays at home we have sweetcorn, sprouts, leeks, lettuce and some thriving tomato plants all ready to go (some once they’re a bit more established). We’ve also got some spring and summer flower bulbs in pots near our shed and I enjoyed watching a bee enjoying the alliums the other evening If you check out our Tik Tok account you can see it pollinating too! Yesterday I spent some time preparing the brassica cage and got pretty sunburnt. So engrossed that I didn’t really notice at the time so take note and make sure you put on the sun cream if you’re working in the sunshine! Our strawberry plants are flowering, another indication that summer is finally getting here and the fruits of our labour is to come 🤩
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Never done a blog post !!!I’ve got an allotment and am so excited to grow my own this summer I’ve had it before but have been unwell, so  so pleased my fellow allotmenteers kept my plot ok so I didn’t loose it gardening is so good for the soul all the best everyone and have a great season growing good luck for the competition 

@bethandennick
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Wow! I’m so excited! A couple weeks ago I received a letter congratulating me on my new allotment plot!I grabbed my hubby and away we whisked half a mile down the road to see what I have taken on! Initially I was a bit overwhelmed as you can see from the photo of the plot. However, it is lined both sides by some amazing fruit trees! A week later, we are still having bonfires almost daily to get rid of the detritus left behind by the last tennant and the over grown bits and pieces. I think I’ve pulled over 1000 nettles and pulled god knows how many brambles out of the trees so far.exciting discoveries though, a lovely clematis, two roses , honey suckle and sage growing on the fences. We have resident bumblebees hollowing in an abandoned earth mound, of which I’ve pulled out so so so many rubbish feed bags that were buried, they now have a rockery entrance… they’ve gone up market lol.All in all it looks a bit rubbish at the mo, but I’ve got ALOT of work ahead !! Watch this space!

@stacey
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This is our second year with our allotment and we're still learning the basics. I've designed and made plant labels to help us remember where our rows of seeds are, as to be honest a lot of seedlings look the same at the beginning !
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The long awaited Spring is here and usually by now all of our window sills are home to various seed trays. A bit later running with that job this year due to various other home related tasks and the odd set back such as a burst water pipe but I digress!So here we have a tray of sprouts, leeks, lettuce, spring onions and tomatoes - (there was only 4 seeds in the packet (?!)A tip for newbies with pets - use these ones with lids! We’ve learned this the hard way! Unless they can’t access where you’re growing your seedlings, they will become litter trays or a mess all over the floor and you will be growing mixed veggie soup! Also, I found a good use for those little clear bags you get with LFT’s - they make great seed storage or in this case I’ve used them to stop my labels (part of the packet!) getting wet.Most of the seeds we have are April sowing or seeds that we tend to sow straight in the ground but this is a good start. Usually we sow spring onions directly but thought I’d get some going here too as it’s something we use a lot of. I’ll probably start my dwarf beans and peas in pots this time when the time comes whereas usually I plant out April/May.Anyway, the journey has started! 
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So another sunny day and another section dug over, the plot is starting to take shape now and look ‘fresh’. Also weeded around some more of the over wintering onions. I’m getting into the swing of this digging now with less muscles aching! 
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So the seeds I sowed last week are starting to make an appearance already! Here pictured are sprouts and we also have lettuce just poking through! Happy days…

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We wanted to make the plot a bit prettier this year, so during the autumn 2021 I planted some bulbs outside our shed as a start and they’ve started to flower! Yay! 
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Not sure what this bed will be used for as yet but Mr AO and me are working our way around the plot getting the soil prepped for the season. A great excuse to enjoy the sunshine too! 
So, another section done. It’s starting to look a lot fresher and I can feel more muscles!

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Absolutely beautiful day so it would be rude not to get there with the forecast showing sunshine all week and enough gone by to dry things out. 

The soil was actually perfect for digging and weeding! Not too claggy or hard, and a good solid start was made on the annual freshening up of the soil for the season ahead. 

This patch I have dug over had sweetcorn and celeriac last year and so I’ve prepared for the first earlies to go in, in a couple of weeks for a bit of crop rotation.

Compared with other seasons it’s not too bad overall weed-wise - we’ve had worst starts! We don’t tend to it particularly during the winter months - just perhaps head up to pull some Sunday roast veggies…more often than not you certainly can’t get a car up on the site. 

Our plot is a lovely sunny spot, so I did enjoy some rest bite with my lunch and flask…could’ve even nodded off for a few mins had I not been interrupted by Mr AO coming to check on progress! 

Bit achey and out of practice today haha but some seeds have been sown and I plan to get back for round two tomorrow! 

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Its the 24th February and its the time of the year once again to start growing! Over the next few days and weeks, it will be all about getting our seedlings strong enough and established enough to be planted in the great outdoors! 

 

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