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A Patch From Scratch Update – Three Back Garden Raised Beds


Back in June, I updated on progress to clear and grow on me and mum’s new allotment plot. At the time, I meant to follow up with a post about how my kitchen garden was shaping up now I’ve gone to raised beds, but I got distracted by a blueberry and lemon curd cake.

(Which I suppose is a fair thing to be distracted by…)

Anyway, I figure now is a good time to talk about the kitchen garden, and how its developed from The Patch from Scratch.

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6 Vegetable Seeds to Sow in July


I don’t know about you, but I always find this time of year a tad anti-climatic. Of course, I love all the produce that has started to come off the allotment, but I still find myself coming over all wistful in the greenhouse.

The reason? There are next to no pots on my sowing bench. Spring is so exciting, as you fill up every available space with sowings, ready to plant out later. July is bereft of all this. I yearn for the time spent with seed packets in hand, sowing anything I can get my hands on.

In the past, I have addressed this by searching thoroughly through my seed box looking for things to sow, and experimenting with ongoing sowings of crops such as peas and French beans.

Here are my top seeds to sow in July in case, like me, you’re suffering a seed sowing comedown.

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Growing Runner Beans on the Allotment

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Got a spare corner on the allotment? July sowing of runner beans could see you harvesting until the first frosts!

During June and July the soil is sufficiently warm for direct sowing of the trusty old runner. The traditional way of growing this plot favourite is up a wigwam, made up of 6 or 7 canes. I love growing veg up structures as I think it adds real interest to an allotment, and with their striking red or white flowers, runner beans make for a very attractive plant.

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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

  • 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
  • Allotment Cakes for the Weekend #7 Waitrose Rhubarb, Macadamia and White Chocolate Cake
  • Allotment Cakes for the Weekend #6 – Carl Legge’s Rhubarb and Polenta Cake

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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