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I’ve been writing Real Men Sow since September 2010. In that time, I’ve been fortunate to receive mostly very nice comments about the blog. My favourite ever was ‘…you write like I wish I could, it’s fantastic’. That made me smile, as you can imagine.

My most viewed page is the Real Men Sow Veg Savings Spreadsheet 2011. The original spreadsheet post caused my first readership ‘spike’.

My second most popular page to date is 8 Ways to Get Free Seeds, published back in January 2011. The follow up to this post, 2013′s 7 Ways to Get Cheap Seeds is also proving popular.

The most visited day on the blog so far was when I posted Let’s Hear it for Rhubarb, which was picked up by popular American website Gardener’s Supply Company. I got plenty of traffic that day from their Facebook page.

Mum’s Super Squash Planting Method gave me another busy day. I’ve had great success with squashes, and I reckon its this method that’s the key.

Personally, my favourite two posts have been Giving Up the Allotment and Singing the Praises of Jan Time. Mums are important, we should all be nice to them.

I also enjoyed compiling Ten Tips for Allotment Beginners, based on my first few years as an allotmenteerist. I’ve learnt so much, and it was good to relive some of that.

Long may it continue. Thanks for stopping by, and let me know what you think of the blog.

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

  • Allotment Cakes for the Weekend #14 – Courgette, Lime and Coconut Cake
  • 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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