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Introducing A Patch From Scratch – A New Feature on Real Men Sow

What exactly does it take to create a patch from scratch?

I’m about to find out as I try and turn part of my garden into a productive growing area.

From clearing away the mess and preparing the soil, to making sure there’s room for a bench and deciding the best crops to grow in a small space, A Patch From Scratch aims to provide a simple, straight forward adventure in kitchen gardening.

Keeping Things Simple
Growing your own can appear daunting sometimes, and I’m hoping to show that it needn’t be that way. If a simple soul like me can clear a space in their garden and grow some delicious veg, anyone can.

As I go along, I’ll share my progress (good and bad!), tips and upcoming tasks , so if you’re planning to start your very own patch, I’d love it if you joined me for the ride.

Still a Cheery Allotment Blog
I’ll still be blogging about my allotment too, so for now Real Men Sow remains a cheery allotment blog, but for the next year or so, it’ll be the home of A Patch From Scratch too.


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  1. JamieJuly 16, 2012 at 1:02 pmReply


    We move house in a couple of weeks and our new garden has room enough for me to make a ‘patch from scratch’. The garden has been neglected for the past 6 months or so so it should be quite good fun!

    It’ll certainly make a change from growing in purpose built raised beds and pots anyway!

    Looking forward to your posts!

  2. HelenJuly 16, 2012 at 5:58 pmReply

    Having created an allotment patch from a virgin field last year you have my support. My approach was to divide into beds and to deal with one at a time – made it more manageable and you felt like you had achieved something

  3. Jono

    JonoJuly 16, 2012 at 6:33 pmReplyAuthor

    Thanks for your comments Helen and Jamie.

    I quite like the graft of clearing everything up Jamie. Do you have a twitter feed, be interested to hear how you get on too.

    Helen, think that’s my plan too. Manageable chunks, little and often. You’ve got my respect starting from a field, moving that amount of turf must have been back breaking!

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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, over a decade later, 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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