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Four Crops That Have Been Great on My Plot This Year

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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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Four Things I’ve Learnt From Slugaggeddon That Make Me Feel Better.

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First there was the Brassica Massacre. Now there’s Slugaggeddon.

My Twitter friend Julianne coined the term Slugaggeddon, to describe the ridiculous amounts of slugs currently munching through plants the length and breadth of the country.

My garden has been no exception. I have lost so many plants, from the normal casualties like caulis and lettuce, to those that normally survive untouched by slime, such as courgettes.

However, Slugaggeddon has taught me a lot also. Here are 4 things I’ve learnt that make me feel better.

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Summer Solstice Veg Patch Update

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There’s an opening line in one of the original River Cottage episodes, where the camera pans across the garden and house, and HFW says ‘It’s high summer at River Cottage’.

When I watch this episode back, it always sends a little whoosh of excitement through my body. It is such a magical time of year, when everything is blooming and harvests are aplenty.

With this in mind, and being the longest day of the year, I thought I’d blog about what’s happening in my own garden right now, because I’m currently experiencing more excitement there – finally, after Winter and Spring of empty beds, they’re beginning to look like a proper veg patch again.

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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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