We’ve Grown a Greenhouse !

Over the last few weeks we’ve been experiencing a growth spurt on the allotment – aside from tray upon tray of burgeoning seedlings, we’ve also been growing some less edible, more practical, features on the plot. First to appear was our kindly donated and much awaited greenhouse, which was slow to take root, but which…

Rusty Alliums

Our Leeks and French Garlic have begun to look rusty.  It doesn’t take more than a Rookie to diagnose the fungal disease ‘Rust’ – rusty by name, rusty by nature … Doing a bit of research, I’ve discovered Rust is a common fungal disease which turns up unannounced from mid summer to late autumn, and…

The Fruits of Our Labour

  As well as Strawberries, the other fruits on our allotment are beginning to swell, with the Gooseberries, Raspberries and Apples not far behind.  Our Gooseberries are well netted to keep the birds off, and now the Raspberries are starting to fruit (despite supposedly being an Autumn variety), they will need netting too.  We’ve had…

Dung Dilemma

This week on the plot we’ve been experiencing a rookie dilemma. Every now and then, a large pile of fresh horse manure is deposited at the gates of the allotments, for communal use in our plots. Not particularly au fait with the how’s and where’s of horse poo, we took a look around the other…