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A Patch From Scratch

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

I’m about to find out as I try and turn 40 square feet 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 is my attempt at 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.

Key Posts from the A Patch from Scratch Series
Introducing My New  Growing Area
Thoughts on Starting Out Part 1: Why Am I Growing?
Thoughts on Starting Out Part 2: Influences
Thoughts on Starting Out Part 3: Exploring Your Patch
The Benefits of a Manageable Plot
Making a Solid Start and a Rough Plan for Clearing the Weeds
The Real Men Sow Guide to Digging Part 1
The Real Men Sow Guide to Digging Part 2 – Seven Tips to Make Things Easier
A Patch From Scratch August Update
Preparing a Strawberry Bed and the Plants to Go In It
A Shady Dilemma – Positioning the Fruit Garden
What I’ve Learnt So Far (September)
A Patch From Scratch September Update
Manuring Day
Divide and Plonker – Planting Rhubarb (the right and wrong way)
New Year Jobs
A Patch From Scratch December Update: Planting Fruit Bushes
Creating a Herb Garden
The Plot Plan Part One
The Plot Plan Part Two
My Plot Fears for 2013
Seeds to Sow in the Cold
A Patch From Scratch March Update

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
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  • (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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