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February on the Allotment Garden

February on the Allotment Garden

By Richard Chivers

February can be a tricky month for an allotment gardener.

It’s a month that teases us a little. In meteorological terms it’s the final full month of winter (although it does take up a chunk of March too) but for us growers it can still feel a long way to go until the frosts have passed and we can really get the allotment garden moving.

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Sweet Potatoes Available Now

I remember a time when we here at Dobies didn’t sell sweet potatoes but we then started to receive requests from customers and so, after some research, we listened and added them to our range. Back then we supplied sweet potatoes as slips and although this worked fine for some customers others reported less satisfactory results. So, after more research, we started to supply them as super plugs and the results have been very much better.

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Hello all from a sunny growth spurting Devon!

perpetual spinach

perpetual spinach

The potatoes are poking their little heads out so I have healed these up . The beans are growing up the poles over night ! The peas are doing really well too , I used the early onwards and I must say they are looking great. We have just got our first crop of broad beans and yellow alto beet roots are ready this week to go over to the restaurant.

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Potato project encourages "grow your own"

theatre in the Food Hall at Malvern

The theatre in the Food Hall at the Malvern Three Counties Show packed with school children and their teachers

Hundreds of primary school children converged on the showground at Malvern early on Friday, full of energy and enthusiasm – for potatoes. “Grow your own potatoes” has been the message being promulgated to schools by The Potato Council ever since 2005. The Council has been touring the UK with their ‘potato bus’ for the last seven years, encouraging teachers to participate whilst explaining how the project teaches primary-aged children about this valuable vegetable. With almost one million primary school children benefiting from  such a worthwhile classroom and outdoor experience, it’s not surprising that this is a popular activity. Pupils learn how potatoes grow and how they fit into a healthy balanced diet; and all linked to the school curriculum.

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June Miscellany: pest control, begonias and vegetables

village scarecrow competition

Our village held a fun ‘look alike’ scarecrow competition for the village fete – I dare not show the photo of me holding my ‘creation’; you might not know which was the scarecrow!

Scarecrows, begonias and an update on our allotment and new potager all feature in this first June posting. As the days lengthen towards mid-summer, there still does not seem to be time enough for us to accomplish all we seek to do out-of-doors.

Scarecrows always make me smile, but they serve a useful purpose in the garden – so long as you keep moving them around! Once a customary sight in farm fields (where clothing past human wearing could be recycled), traditional scarecrows as bird-deterrents are now less common. Farmers – and gardeners – employ all manner of objects to protect their crops: foil discs and strips; plastic fertiliser and compost bags hung from poles; bottles on sticks; humming lines; fake birds of prey; spinning mini-windmills; flags, kites and balloons; guns and other exploding devices; cat-shaped standalones with flashing eyes; fleece, netting, cages … one’s garden or allotment could begin to take on the appearance of a shanty town!

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