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High Summer: The Good, The Bad and the Ugly. Part 2: Bad


In my last post, I talked about my whopper squashes being the ‘good’ in the good, bad and ugly of high summer. However, this big, incredibly productive 2018 vintage has also become the bad…

‘Bad?’ I hear you cry! ‘How can massive squashes be bad?’

Well, let me explain.

When your main bed is 12ft by 6ft, and the two squashes that you plant out in two of the corners grow so large that they take over three quarters of that bed, you’ve got a few problems.

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High Summer: The Good, The Bad and the Ugly. Part 1: Good


So this year, my butternut squashes are outrageous.

Like, I’ve-never-seen-anything-quite-like-it-before levels of outrageousness.

I planted 2 squash plants on the edge of a raised bed in Spring, with the idea that I would be able to train the runners to grow out and along the path, rather than sprawl over the rest of the bed. As you’ll see from the photo, this hasn’t been the case, and my two squash plants have basically turned triffid, but a nice one.

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What’s in the Greenhouse? The Small and Mighty Year.


Talking of greenhouses, spring is a time when they really come into their own, especially when temperatures are still struggling. They’re normally full to the brim with lovely, healthy seedlings, waiting to be planted out onto the plot.

Except this year, mine’s isn’t.

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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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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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