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Trying to Make Some Sense of It All: Lewis, Rory and Carrots.


I’m not very good at song lyrics. I don’t tend to hear them properly. I think I know a line, but in fact I’m normally singing it incorrectly. What’s more, I sing it over and over for the rest of the day. ‘One line Jono’, my wife calls me.

I had one of those incorrect lines going around my head as I pulled my squash plants up recently.

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Allotment Cakes for the Weekend #15 – Blackberry and Apple Flapjack


With school still out for the summer, Lewis and I took ourselves foraging for blackberries on our bikes. This is Lewis’ first six weeks off as a school kiddie, and on a lazy Monday afternoon, this felt like a lovely school holiday kind of thing to do. I’m definitely going to make this a staple of summer school holidays to come.

We did go foraging for blackberries last year after Lewis declared he wanted to make a blackberry and chocolate cake, but given massive amounts of chocolate in the recipe I used, I wanted to steer him towards something at least a little bit more wholesome this time around.

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9 More Beginner’s Tips for Greenhouse Growing


At the weekend, I published the final part of my High Summer Good / Bad / Ugly blog post trilogy, talking about the embarrassing mess in my greenhouse.

I referenced my most read blog post in Real Men Sow history – 8 Beginner’s Tips for Greenhouse Growing – and how flying in the face of that advice had contributed to the greenhouse’s sorry state.

So this got me thinking. I wrote the original post after a couple of years of owning a greenhouse, using the tips and knowledge I’d picked up along the way. Here I was reflecting again, with lots more learnt. Perhaps it was time for an update…

Here are 9 More Beginner’s Tips for Greenhouse Growing, and a further checklist for yours truly to follow in future growing seasons!

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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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Allotment Cakes for the Weekend

  • Allotment Cakes for the Weekend #15 – Blackberry and Apple Flapjack
  • 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?

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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