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Yes! I Nailed Sweetcorn and It Tasted Incredible!


Finally. I grew sweetcorn. My allotment life is complete.

Sweetcorn has always proven tricky for me, and all the other Burnham allotment holders. It’s not necessarily because we’re all useless growers (although the state of my cabbages would suggest there is certainly one…), it is more a problem with the good old Burnham badgers, and their insatiable taste for the sweet yellow cobs.

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6 Veg Seeds to Sow in August

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August, hey?

Just where has the year gone?

If, like me, this year has left you floundering under the problems of slugaggeddon, rubbish Spring weather and slow ripening tomatoes, you might actually be quite happy to take your mind off Summer time crops.

The good news is that there are still plenty of seeds that can be sown in August – here are 6 of my favourites.

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Four Crops That Have Been Great on My Plot This Year


When the slugs have eaten all that you plant in their path and summer has taken until mid July to get started, it’s useful to be reminded that things aren’t all bad.

Harvesting some lovely beets at the weekend (pictured), I thought about this. Real Men Sow is a cheery blog! It’s important that I blog and tweet about the bad times, but I need to make some more space for good times too.

So, without further ado, here are four crops that have been great on my plot this year.

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About Real Men Sow

meIn 2007, I took on a redundant allotment plot with my gardening-mad mum Jan. As all good mums do, she went along with it, but I don’t think she held out much hope.

However, three years on, and she now lets me do stuff without watching over my shoulder, so I must be doing something right. [ read more ]

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Allotment Cakes for the Weekend

  • Allotment Cakes for the Weekend #14 – Courgette, Lime and Coconut Cake
  • Allotment Cakes for the Weekend #13 – Jamie Oliver’s Squash Muffins
  • An Allotment Cake for the Weekend #12 – Lemon Curd & Blueberry Loaf Cake
  • An Allotment Cake For the Weekend #11 – Apple and Cinnamon Flapjacks
  • An Allotment Cake For the Weekend #10 – Fresh Ginger and Apple Cake
  • Good Food Magazine Marrow and Pecan Cake
  • A Rhubarbey Roundup, and Whatever Happened to Allotment Cakes for the Weekend?
  • (Not) An Allotment Cake for the Weekend #7 Rhubarb Crumble Ice Cream

Saving £500 a year!

During 2011, I kept a diary of how much money I save from growing my own fruit and vegetables. After totalling all my outgoings, I saved approximately £500 over the year. I made a spreadsheet to calculate these savings - it’s nothing too complicated, as I’m no Excel guru, but hopefully someone else will find it as useful (and strangely fun) as me. For more info, visit my Money Saving Experiment page by clicking here.


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