September is a bittersweet month in the allotment. After the languid heat of summer and early harvest, the bluster of autumn bonfires will not be far behind.  Hopefully you will still be enjoying cucumbers, onions, courgettes, lettuce, leeks and spinach. Potatoes and tomatoes should both be plentiful. Toward the end of the month,the last of the…

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July is when the hard work put in over the previous months literally bears fruit (and vegetables). It is with both these in mind that we turn our attention to the tomato. Is it a fruit? Is it a vegetable? The tomato is not alone in its mystery-aubergines, bell peppers, cucumbers, courgettes and pumpkin are…

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In June, harvest salad greens, beetroot, onions, cauliflower, peas, turnips, carrots, fennel, garlic and broad beans. Midsummer’s night traditionally marks the end of asparagus season. Sow French and runner beans, peas, spinach and chard. Pumpkins, courgettes, marrows and other squashes may be sown now,still. But make haste. Water your potatoes. Feed your tomatoes. Enjoy the warmer…

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Take time to sharpen your hoe as an ounce of prevention now with weeds will spare you a pound of cure a little further into summer.  While pellets are always effective, a gravel barrier or eggshell border may well deter the snail and slug on their slow but sure path to your produce. At the…

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While the weather is cool, dig in a 5 or 6 centimetre layer of mulch in your beds and around your perennials, trees and shrubs. Use organic matter such as well rotted manure to prepare the earth for the busy growing season. You might also work in a general purpose fertiliser such as pelleted chicken manure or…

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