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Archive for May, 2012

Planting in the next month or so…

Thursday, May 31st, 2012

durham earlies – cabbage
fennel from June
salad leaves – loads of varieties.

See what the local garden centre has or ask on your site what people have spare!


Wednesday, May 30th, 2012

Or possibly the reverse of alchemy – which has the aim of turning material into gold..


Allotments are growing in North Tyneside at a faster rate than anywhere else in the country.

Tuesday, May 29th, 2012

Allotments are growing in North Tyneside at a faster rate than anywhere else in the country.

Over the past decade North Tyneside Council has created 222 new plots, the highest percentage increase of any local authority area in the UK.

The latest addition is 70 newly-created plots developed in North Shields, Howdon and Wallsend, taking the borough’s allotment stock to 1,954.

“The bigger plots are going up in price, but it’s still not too expensive and tenants can pay that through a 12 month direct debit.”

Fertiliser teas

Sunday, May 27th, 2012

Interesting article on fertiliser teas

Allotments on Malta!

Sunday, May 27th, 2012

Allotments on Malta! – These allotments form part of a pilot project kicked off last year by the Rural Affairs Ministry, which is titled Midd Idejk fil-Biedja (try your hand at farming).

Allotment news from around the UK

Friday, May 25th, 2012

The Glapthorn Allotment and Gardeners’ Association (GAGA) received £9,999 of Lottery funding to re-establish allotments with 24 plots already established.

Fruit and veg on the menu for Farne Islands wardens – ALLOTMENT plots that were last used by lighthouse keepers on the Farne Islands over 100 years ago are being put back into production thanks to a team of organic gardeners from the National Trust’s Nunnington Hall in Yorkshire.

Vandals lay waste to allotments – Vandals struck at the allotments in Honeypot Lane, in Darlington, on Wednesday night.

New allotments – For the first time in 30 years, new allotments have been released by Leicester City Council for local people to grow their own fruit and veg. The popularity of allotment gardening has soared in recent years, and demand for plots has far outstripped supply.

Security cameras to target allotment yobs
– Worcester

Free mushroom compost mulch

Friday, May 25th, 2012

Free compost mushroom mulch – HURRAY!
But it’s in America! Ah well!

The mulch comes from a compost made at the farm. It includes straw from the stables at the Del Mar Race Track. Added to the straw is a recipe of items including peat moss, cotton seed meal and grape pumice.

Source: Free Mushroom Mulch Growing San Diego Fans | NBC San Diego

Bug-ingham palace

Wednesday, May 23rd, 2012

This is an AMAZING bug house

Made from pallets, wood and other materials.

Harrod Slot & Lock® Connectors

Tuesday, May 22nd, 2012

Harrod Slot & Lock® Connectors are the answer to all those build your own fruit cage, vegetable cage, climbing vegetable support and practically any garden crop protection framework woes as this exclusive new system firmly screws connectors and aluminium tubing into place. Designed to work with our 16mm Aluminium Tubing.

Harrod Horticultural are delighted to announce that they are the proud winners of the Garden Product of the Year Award at the 2012 RHS Chelsea Flower Show, for the Harrod Slot & Lock® connector range. The innovative range is the result of 3 years of Harrod Horticultural’s research, design and manufacture to finally bring a connector range to the gardening market that doesn’t pop out or spin, ensuring gardening structures stay rigid for years. Made from matt black superior ABS plastic the secret to the innovative Harrod Slot & Lock ® Connector’s success is the stainless steel screws that cleverly lock rigid to the aluminium tubing, preventing unstable frames from collapsing.

The connector range can be used to build a variety of portable crop protection cages and plant support frame configurations and has already been encompassed in the Harrod Horticultural Tomato Success Kit Pea and Bean Frame products. The 2 way unique angled connector, opening with a 30° to 180° degree span now allows even the most unconventional plot shapes to be crop protected. The durable and reusable Harrod Slot & Lock® Connectors are available in 2, 3, 4 and 5 way forms plus a 2 way angled connector, and prices start from £1.10.

Find out more if you are visiting the RHS Chelsea Flower Show, Harrod Horticultural exhibit is at 24 Pavilion Way

Rhubarb from seed

Tuesday, May 22nd, 2012

Rhubarb from seed.
Just a few plants.
Two different types.