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A Watertight Greenhouse, With Thanks to Baby Alastair

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My sister-in-law had a baby a few weeks ago; a healthy baby boy called Alastair who was born pretty much bang on his due date. This was obviously great news for Tiff and her hubby Chris, but also excellent timing for me.

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Real Men Sow is on a Sabbatical But Here Are 775 Veg Growing Tips

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Real Men Sow is on a sabbatical. Feet up, in front of the fire watching tele and drinking hot chocolate type of thing.

After 7 years of blogging, I fancy writing about something a bit different in the time I’ve got spare after work and the marathon event that is forcing my wonderful but demanding boys into bed.

I don’t know what that is yet, but it’s a liberating feeling to get myself a big piece of paper out and start a fresh project. It’s taken me a long time to make this decision. A lot of love and effort has gone into RMS but blog has slowed down to a gentle stop and I think I need to find my love of blogging all over again.

I will be posting progress on my new plot on Instagram, so if you’d like to see how I get on this summer, give me a follow on there.

In the meantime, here’s the greatest hits: a list of every tip based post that’s ever appeared on the blog. There’s an average of 6.57 tips in each of the 118 posts below (which makes a whopping 775 tips!), ranging from decreasing the slug population to making sure you enjoy the biggest, juiciest tomatoes at harvest time.

And of course, you can always buy my book. :)

As always, thanks for reading and see you soon. I’m off to check on my forced rhubarb!

Jono.

How to Make a Runner Bean Trench http://www.realmensow.co.uk/?p=182
8 Ways to Get Free Seeds http://www.realmensow.co.uk/?p=335
6 Great Veg for Shady Spots http://www.realmensow.co.uk/?p=452
10 Tips When Planning the Plot http://www.realmensow.co.uk/?p=408
Jan’s Allotment Jobs for February http://www.realmensow.co.uk/?p=396
How Much Does It Cost To Get Started on an Allotment http://www.realmensow.co.uk/?p=502
My Favourite 5 Rhubarb Recipes http://www.realmensow.co.uk/?p=606
Growing Peas in a Container http://www.realmensow.co.uk/?p=703
My 5 Favourite Broad Bean Recipes http://www.realmensow.co.uk/?p=757
Mum’s Super Squash Planting Method http://www.realmensow.co.uk/?p=735
What to Sow in July http://www.realmensow.co.uk/?p=854
How Much Do I Really Need to Water http://www.realmensow.co.uk/?p=827
4 Reasons to Make Jam and 6 Tips for Making Jam http://www.realmensow.co.uk/?p=959
Preventing Leek Rust http://www.realmensow.co.uk/?p=1108
Growing Big Baking Potatoes http://www.realmensow.co.uk/?p=1422
What to Sow in March http://www.realmensow.co.uk/?p=1454
Growing in Trenches http://www.realmensow.co.uk/?p=1482
Planting a Late French Bean Crop http://www.realmensow.co.uk/?p=1635
The Real Men Sow Guide to Digging http://www.realmensow.co.uk/?p=1716
Seven Tips to Make Digging Easier http://www.realmensow.co.uk/?p=1731
The Benefits of a Manageable Plot http://www.realmensow.co.uk/?p=1698
Potting Up Strawberry Runners http://www.realmensow.co.uk/?p=1760
Tips for the Time Constrained Allotmenteerist http://www.realmensow.co.uk/?p=1909
Creating a Herb Garden http://www.realmensow.co.uk/?p=1948
8 Household Items to Reuse on the Allotment http://www.realmensow.co.uk/?p=1999
7 Ways to Get Cheap Seeds http://www.realmensow.co.uk/?p=2014
Low Maintenance Crops for My Nan http://www.realmensow.co.uk/?p=2094
8 Beginners Tips for Greenhouse Growing http://www.realmensow.co.uk/?p=2838
6 Tips for Growing Beetroot http://www.realmensow.co.uk/?p=3018
The Principles of Intercropping http://www.realmensow.co.uk/?p=3000
How to Plant Out Leeks http://www.realmensow.co.uk/?p=2985
Growing Peas Up a Wigwam http://www.realmensow.co.uk/?p=2965
What to Sow in August http://www.realmensow.co.uk/?p=3144
8 Reasons to Take on an Allotment http://www.realmensow.co.uk/?p=3076
Summer Mistakes to Avoid http://www.realmensow.co.uk/?p=3160
How to Store Apples http://www.realmensow.co.uk/?p=3275
When Are Butternut Squashes Ready to Harvest http://www.realmensow.co.uk/?p=3246
8 Organic Growing Tips that Anyone Can Follow http://www.realmensow.co.uk/?p=3240
Reasons to Use Raised Beds for Veg Growing http://www.realmensow.co.uk/?p=3358
Clearing an Allotment Plot Without Rotovating http://www.realmensow.co.uk/?p=3338
Allotment Jobs for October http://www.realmensow.co.uk/?p=3321
When Are Maincrop Potatoes Ready to Harvest http://www.realmensow.co.uk/?p=3314
Growing Carrots in Containers http://www.realmensow.co.uk/?p=3423
Beginner Tips for Buying Fruit Bushes http://www.realmensow.co.uk/?p=3416
Different Types of Organic Matter to Replenish Your Soil http://www.realmensow.co.uk/?p=3381
A Few Tips for Buying Seeds http://www.realmensow.co.uk/?p=3468
Tips for Protecting Allotment Plants During the Cold http://www.realmensow.co.uk/?p=3459
Reasons to Tidy Up the Allotment Shed http://www.realmensow.co.uk/?p=3454
Tips for Looking After Common Winter Veg http://www.realmensow.co.uk/?p=3447
5 Ways to Catch Up If You’re Behind http://www.realmensow.co.uk/?p=3552
9 Allotment Jobs to Do When the Weather is Rubbish http://www.realmensow.co.uk/?p=3501
7 Sowing Tips for Beginners http://www.realmensow.co.uk/?p=1461
6 Tips for a Successful Broad Bean Crop http://www.realmensow.co.uk/?p=3591
What to Sow in February http://www.realmensow.co.uk/?p=3587
Tips for Successful Parsnip Germination http://www.realmensow.co.uk/?p=3649
10 Tips for Sowing in Pots http://www.realmensow.co.uk/?p=3639
A Brief Guide to Multi-Purpose Compost http://www.realmensow.co.uk/?p=3629
The Advantages and Disadvantages of Clay Soil http://www.realmensow.co.uk/?p=3621
Seeds to Sow in March http://www.realmensow.co.uk/?p=3615
9 Tips for Growing Squashes http://www.realmensow.co.uk/?p=3684
12 Tips for Planting Out http://www.realmensow.co.uk/?p=3674
Seeds to Sow in April http://www.realmensow.co.uk/?p=3665
5 Jobs to Ensure a Good Strawberry Harvest http://www.realmensow.co.uk/?p=3713
5 Steps I’ve Taken to Reduce the Slug Population http://www.realmensow.co.uk/?p=2932
5 Techniques for Successful Salad and Lettuce http://www.realmensow.co.uk/?p=3701
6 Common Allotment Disasters and How to Prevent Them http://www.realmensow.co.uk/?p=3697
Ways to Get Growing Even If Your Allotment is Overgrown http://www.realmensow.co.uk/?p=3748
7 Tips for Effective Watering on the Allotment http://www.realmensow.co.uk/?p=3733
How to Grow Your Own Basil on the Allotment http://www.realmensow.co.uk/?p=3727
6 Key Allotment Jobs for Summer http://www.realmensow.co.uk/?p=3723
Growing Outdoor Cucumbers on the Allotment http://www.realmensow.co.uk/?p=3792
What to Sow in July http://www.realmensow.co.uk/?p=3771
Growing Runner Beans on the Allotment http://www.realmensow.co.uk/?p=3765
5 Tips for Ripening Tomatoes http://www.realmensow.co.uk/?p=3813
5 Tips for Stewing Fruit http://www.realmensow.co.uk/?p=3805
Quick and Easy Ways to Deal With Common Autumn Fruit http://www.realmensow.co.uk/?p=3800
Autumn Care for Rhubarb http://www.realmensow.co.uk/?p=3838
8 Tips for Planting Overwintering Onions http://www.realmensow.co.uk/?p=3834
4 Things I Could Have Done to Prevent Tomato Blight http://www.realmensow.co.uk/?p=3830
7 Tips for Storing Potatoes http://www.realmensow.co.uk/?p=3825
Freezing Summer Allotment Veg for Winter http://www.realmensow.co.uk/?p=3847
Keeping Things Small and Manageable http://www.realmensow.co.uk/?p=3877
8 Allotment Jobs for Early Winter http://www.realmensow.co.uk/?p=3870
Overwintering Broad Beans on the Allotment http://www.realmensow.co.uk/?p=3867
Tips for Making Kitchen Compost http://www.realmensow.co.uk/?p=3856
5 Neat Tricks for Bringing the Growing Season Forward http://www.realmensow.co.uk/?p=3938
5 of the Earliest Veg Seeds You Can Sow on the Allotment http://www.realmensow.co.uk/?p=3933
Protecting Your Allotment Veg From the Wind http://www.realmensow.co.uk/?p=3922
7 Tips for Planning Your Allotment Plot http://www.realmensow.co.uk/?p=3952
5 Tips for Growing Veg in Small Spaces http://www.realmensow.co.uk/?p=4005
7 Tips for Protecting Your Plants From Frost http://www.realmensow.co.uk/?p=4033
7 Tomato Growing Tips http://www.realmensow.co.uk/?p=4014
What is Hardening Off? http://www.realmensow.co.uk/?p=4011
7 Tips for Making Weeding Easier http://www.realmensow.co.uk/?p=4043
Getting Rid of Blackfly http://www.realmensow.co.uk/?p=4076
4 Ways I’ve Kept Growing Veg with Kids http://www.realmensow.co.uk/?p=4131
Allotment Dos and Don’ts in the Rain http://www.realmensow.co.uk/?p=4125
8 Tips for Enjoying the Tastiest Kale http://www.realmensow.co.uk/?p=4231
7 Tips for Getting the Most From Tidying the Plot http://www.realmensow.co.uk/?p=4228
How I Made My Raised Beds http://www.realmensow.co.uk/?p=4224
6 Ways of Making The Most of the Allotment in Winter http://www.realmensow.co.uk/?p=4216
6 Allotment Fruits for Beginners http://www.realmensow.co.uk/?p=4236
7 Tips for Tidying Up the Greenhouse http://www.realmensow.co.uk/?p=4274
Spring: How To Decide the Right Time to Sow http://www.realmensow.co.uk/?p=4296
8 Tips to Help Your Seeds Germinate http://www.realmensow.co.uk/?p=4336
5 Dwarf Veg Varieties to Grow in Small Spaces http://www.realmensow.co.uk/?p=4367
6 Tips to Help Your Seedlings Grow Strong http://www.realmensow.co.uk/?p=4362
6 Things I’ve Learnt From Growing Veg in a Small Space http://www.realmensow.co.uk/?p=4425
4 Veg for Overwintering http://www.realmensow.co.uk/?p=4431
5 Common Mistakes I Make http://www.realmensow.co.uk/?p=4454
6 Tips to Help Refurb an Old Greenhouse http://www.realmensow.co.uk/?p=4508
4 Things to Look Out for When Buying Seedlings http://www.realmensow.co.uk/?p=4504
6 Advantages to Buying Seedlings http://www.realmensow.co.uk/?p=4496
8 More Tips for Effective Watering on the Allotment http://www.realmensow.co.uk/?p=4525
6 Tips for Growing Sweetcorn http://www.realmensow.co.uk/?p=4546
Real Men Sow Guide to Making Your Own Compost http://www.realmensow.co.uk/?p=4569
5 Tips for Extending Your Greenhouse Tomato Compost http://www.realmensow.co.uk/?p=4563
How To Get An Allotment http://www.realmensow.co.uk/?p=4577

Using Hops on the Veg Beds for the First Time

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We finally have veg beds in the garden, and they’re covered in lovely organic matter, ready for 2018. After a year out from clearing, digging and not growing anything particularly meaningful, this feels like a big breakthrough.

As for the organic matter, it may look like weak horse poo spread over the top of the soil, but on closer inspection, this soil improver is something I’ve not used before.

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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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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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