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A Good Year for Rhubarb!


‘Do you want any rhubarb?’

I was dropping Lewis off at nursery last week, and inside the door lay a big basket of surplus rhubarb, fresh from one of the nursery staff’s plot.

I don’t know about you, but I’ve never seen so much rhubarb up for grabs before, and people are offering rhubarb out left, right and centre.

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7 Tips to Make Weeding Easier on the Allotment

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Oh weeds.

The sun is out, and the weeds are back. Winter had lulled me in to a false sense of security and I’d forgotten about them, lurking under the soil ready and waiting to make allotment life as tricky as possible.

Unfortunately, we’ll never beat the weeds. These things are indestructible. They’re fit to survive a nuclear Winter, and as long as the sun is coming up, the weeds will be the bain of an allotment holder’s life.

So, what do we do? Well, the simple answer is pick them out. One horrible little weed at a time.

Here are 7 tips to make weeding that little bit easier.

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9 Common Household Objects to Reuse on the Allotment


This week, the nice people at nearby Recycle for Essex plugged my blog on their Facebook page. Being far too kind, they said some very generous things, but moreover got me thinking about recycling on the allotment.

Allotments are brilliant places for witnessing incredibly resourceful ways of reusing stuff that would otherwise be heading for landfill. I’ve seen tyres with potatoes growing out of them, bathtubs collecting rainwater and pallets made into all manner of things.

The Internet is also full of ideas on how to reuse unwanted items, and a quick Google will reveal some beautiful examples from really creative people.

But what about those of us who fail miserably when it comes to both imagination and practicality (yes, I’m talking about me…)? What can we do to reuse, reduce, recycle on our allotment plots, and save a few quid in the process?

Here are 9 common household objects that find themselves being reused very simply on my plot.

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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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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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