Real Men Sow

Why I Think February Is a Great Time to Sow Out of Date Seeds


Ah, February. That time of year when, suddenly, Spring is just about on the horizon.

This morning when I got up for work, it was noticeably lighter. There were birds singing. My rhubarb is starting to poke through (honestly. I don’t think I’m imagining these things…).

Of course, such is the gardener’s desperation for the growing season, we’re thinking about early sowing. I’ve blogged recently about tricks to bring sowing times forward, as well as the earliest veg seeds you can sow. Like everyone else, I’m eager to get going again.

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Why I’m Growing Mangetout Instead of Peas


When I first started growing my own veg, peas were one of the first seeds on the shopping list. Every allotment holder and GYOer grows peas, right? They’re a plot staple. Where would we be without the good old garden pea?

This was consistently the case for my first few years on the allotment, but recently my pea growing mojo has waned. Suddenly, I’m thinking about not bothering with them at all.

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5 Neat Tricks to Bring the Veg Growing Season Forward


So. I’m getting impatient. I want to sow seeds.

It’s January, I hear you cry. Yes, it is. But I’m sure those nights are drawing out…

I think this frustration was behind my previous post, which listed 5 of the earliest veg seeds you can sow. I was thinking this over as I willed the weather to warm up, telling myself I’ll be sowing within weeks.

And well, I might be. I’m lucky enough to have a greenhouse, but there are also a few neat tricks that me and mum used on our first allotment, when we had no such luxuries.

Here are five of my favourites that brought the sowing season forward.

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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

  • 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
  • Allotment Cakes for the Weekend #6 – Carl Legge’s Rhubarb and Polenta 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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