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The End of the Road for Curly Kale on My Veg Patch?

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And so, those pesky cabbage white butterflies have decimated my cavolo nero, despite a robust protective layer of scaffold net.

How they’ve got in there, I’ll never know, but the plants are stripped and that horribly pungent smell of rotting veg is filling the surrounding air.

I’ve picked off caterpillars from the neighbouring curly kale too, but I’m doubting that this will be enough to save the fellow brassicas.
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A Patch From Scratch Update – Three Back Garden Raised Beds

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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

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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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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

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  • An Allotment Cake For the Weekend #10 – Fresh Ginger and Apple Cake
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  • (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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