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Juggling seed crops in your rotation

Ben Raskin: If you’ve been inspired to try some seed saving this year, but hadn’t planned it into your rotation then it's worth giving it a little bit of thought now before it's too late to change everything. For some crops it doesn’t make any difference. Beans and tomatoes for instance you can treat as you normally would and just keep some of the crop for seed.

19 May 2014 | 1 Comments | Recommended by 1

First harvest

Tim Young: Sunday was a red-letter day for us and our allotment – our first harvest. With the gleeful help of the kids we filled an ice-cream tub full of broad bean pods, and a bowlful of lettuce leaves for lunch.

21 June 2011 | 0 Comments | Recommended by 35

Digging in the dark

Tim Young: No, not a metaphor for my life (or if it is then that’s a story for another time), but unfortunately a fair description of my recent ‘leisure’ time. With daylight now extending past nine, I’ve spent several evenings in the last week ‘popping’ up to the allotment after the kids are in bed to try and catch up and get some more beds ready for the seedlings that should already be planted.

27 May 2011 | 2 Comments | Recommended by 5

Care and the community

Tim Young: I spent yesterday on Top Barn farm near Worcester, attending a fantastic day about care farming. Care farming is a relatively new term for a practice that has been around for a while – using the farm environment as a therapeutic setting for people with a variety of educational, behavioural or mental health needs. By providing regular, structured activities on the farm that allow people the opportunity to participate in meaningful work in a natural environment, the idea is that the land can be used for therapy and training and build the confidence of those taking part.

05 May 2011 | 1 Comments | Recommended by 15

The green light

Tim Young: I’d heard before we took on the allotment that it could be good for the soul; apparently all that digging and fresh air can do wonders for one's inner karmic zen (or whatever). I’m not sure how my inner karma is doing so far, but on Sunday, as I peeled back one of the black winter covers, I was certainly in need of some zen. I was expecting a strip of beautifully clear earth; I was confronted by my very own seed bed of dandelions.

15 March 2011 | 4 Comments | Recommended by 2


Tim Young: Well, it didn’t rain at the weekend, and we finally made it down to the allotment on Sunday morning, with both boys in tow, and a boot load of bark chip mulch. The aim of the day was to peel back the plastic covers, and lay out a series of beds and pathways.

10 March 2011 | 1 Comments | Recommended by 4

Rain, rain, go-away. . .

Tim Young: This is supposed to be a blog about our allotment, but at the moment the only thing the two things seem to have in common is that I’ve been ignoring both for a while. And given the constraints on my free-time of wage slavery, I thought at least I could give this virtual plot some TLC. The earth of the real plot, I’m afraid, remains neglected.

03 March 2011 | 0 Comments | Recommended by 1

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