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Three Reasons I’m Using Raised Beds for Growing Vegetables


Back in 2013, I decided to experiment with raised beds in my garden. I’ve never tried growing veg in this way before, but I’ve always admired a nicely presented raised bed.

So, after deciding to start a patch from scratch in the back garden, I seemed to have a perfect opportunity.

Two years on and I’m a raised bed convert. I love mine to bits and can’t imagine not having them – here are three reasons why.

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From Weeding to Watering – 5 Important Allotment Jobs for Summer


Is there ever a quiet time on an allotment?

Just when you think things are calming down after a hectic Spring of sowing, everything starts growing at a pace and your attention is required daily once more.

Despite all the groundwork being laid earlier in the season, Summer is still a really busy time on the allotment.

Here are 5 important allotment jobs to focus on during the Summer months.

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The Joy of Quick, Easy and Fresh Summer Meals

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Oh I do love dinner at this time of the year.

Summer often becomes a pasta-fest in my house. Or me, there is nothing better that enjoying a light, simple and fresh meal that can be put together in next to no time, using veg harvested straight from the plot.

Tonight, I used a courgette and some herbs to make a Real Men Sow Summer staple, Mary McCartney’s courgette and lemon spaghetti. The meal only took me half an hour from plot to plate, but sat outside taking the usual ribbing about my poor spaghetti eating skills from my wife, I couldn’t have been happier.

The beauty of these types of recipes is that they’re so simple. A little olive oil, garlic cloves, a spoonful of chopped herbs, lemon zest and sometimes a few pine nuts, and you’ve got a delicious meal in next to no time.

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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 #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
  • Allotment Cakes for the Weekend #7 Waitrose Rhubarb, Macadamia and White Chocolate 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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