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Four Ways that Squashes are Better Than Adidas Sambas


A few weeks ago, I spent a very therapeutic afternoon tidying up my shed. Whilst clearing out a shelf, I came across a pleasant surprise – a beautiful Turk’s Turban squash, from last year’s crop. The fruit was still intact, and looked just as stunning as it did when I harvested last September.

I kept the squash in the shed, and it is now officially a year old, which just goes to show what amazing keepers these great vegetables make.

What’s more, they have outlasted a pair of shoes I bought last year. Yep, my Adidas Samba trainers are shot. Despite their ‘…textured toe bumper with a stitched heel’, and the ‘…moulded outsole for use on every day surfaces’, the trainers have been outlasted by a vegetable.

That got me thinking. In what ways are Turk’s Turban squashes better than a pair of shoes…

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Six Unlikely Fruit That Makes Great Jam

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A few years ago, I dreamt of running my own jam making business. I didn’t plan to take over the jam world, just a dabble in the local farmers markets and some extra pocket money.

I bought (a lot of) jars and designed logos and labels. Jono’s Man Jam was born.

Being a typically faddish man, this new venture didn’t get very far, but it did last long enough for me to make a large number of different jams. Finding fruit that made good jam from hedgerows, gardens and local parks was something that very much floated by boat, and I was reminded of this during a Twitter convo earlier in the week.

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Whatever Happened to the Sunday Supplement, and Getting My Blogging Mojo Back


A few weeks ago, I talked about time and blogging, and how I’d struggle to keep up. I wanted to keep Real Men Sow useful as Rory joined Lewis and my life got busier.

A weekly slimmed-down Sunday version of Real Men Sow was the plan – with all the usual growing tips and anecdotes, but more of a weekly digest of what’s happened on the plot, jobs for the next week, links to previous posts where I’ve covered relevant stuff and anything else that’s tickled my fancy that week.

The Sunday update lasted just three weeks. [ number one ] | [ number two ] | [ number three ]

However, something has happened that has made me really happy: I think I’ve got my blogging mojo back.

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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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  • 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

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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