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Seven Vegetable Sowing Tips for Beginners

Seven Vegetable Sowing Tips for Beginners

2014 will be my 7th season on the allotment. I reckon I must have sown hundreds, if not thousands of seeds since I took my plot on. Of..

February 27, 2014 with 2 Comments
Ten More Tips for Grow Your Own Beginners

Ten More Tips for Grow Your Own Beginners

These are follow on tips from an original Ten Tips for Grow Your Own Beginners, from January 2011. I’ve been getting a few nice..

April 30, 2013 with 0 Comments
Ten Tips for Grow Your Own Beginners

Ten Tips for Grow Your Own Beginners

As a kind of beginner-turned-improver at allotmenteering, people often ask me what to grow first, where to start, what can they do in a..

April 29, 2013 with 7 Comments

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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, 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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