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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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February Newsletter

February is often cited as being people’s least favourite month. It’s cold, it’s dark, dank and damp. A month when many wish they could burrow under the duvet and hibernate.

Yet the daylight hours are lengthening and there are signs of spring. Here in Devon the verges are littered with cheery primroses and those stalwarts of winter, the hellebores continue to flower.

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October newsletter

October Newsletter

Autumn has arrived, with all its mellow fruitfulness. A time for autumn digging and moving tender plants under cover before the first frosts arrive.

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How Tomato Ailsa Craig Was Named

Waiting my turn at the dentist recently I was surprised when they called the name of the next patient. “Ailsa Craig” was not however my expected shiny red tomato but a very smartly dressed woman. I wonder how many other waiting patients thought the same as me? Or were they perhaps thinking Scottish islands and onions?

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Four raised beds filled with vegetables and herbs in Summer 2013

June Vegetable Garden

With the 21st June being the longest day this is a month of wonderfully long daylight hours, warmth and sunshine. Ideal conditions for plants to grow strongly. The flower garden will now be at its most colourful but it’s the June vegetable garden on which we will concentrate here.

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