A Plotholders Paradise

2017 has been an excellent, enjoyable and "fruitful" year for me at Powerstown. I invested in a 20ft X 10 ft Polytunnel. I left it quite late to make the decision and therefore it was all hands on deck to kit the tunnel out once it was installed. I have two plots at Powerstown. The … Continue reading A Plotholders Paradise


The Whisper of Surprise

Good to be organised about sowing seeds. There is nothing worse than finding packets of seeds and it being too late in the season to sow them.



For me there is always a whisper of surprise when growing from seed…you never really know what will happen!  There is also the simple fact that growing from seed is the cheapest way to grow your own and it is absolutely the most rewarding method of raising your own plants.  There isn’t anything more satisfying than harvesting fruit and vegetables, that you have grown yourself!

This weekend the weather here in Wales has been appalling so I’ve been confined to the house, greenhouse and garden for my gardening fix.  Yesterday, I decided to dig through the seed box looking for ‘sow in March’ on the packets and after finding a small collection, I drew up a basic ‘Seed-Starting Plan’ in my allotment note book.

There is one slight problem…because this is my first year on Plot 5A, I have no idea when my ‘Frost-Free’ date will be!!  (Note to self:…

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Powerstown Allotments Newsletters

Powerstown Allotments Newsletter no 1 spring 2015 Welcome to the first Powerstown Allotments Association Newsletter. We hope to send out a newsletter several times a year. Comments, feedback and contributions welcome.  Interim Management Committee From 2015, Fingal County Council want Allotment Associations established at each allotment scheme in Fingal. Each Allotment holder will have to become a member … Continue reading Powerstown Allotments Newsletters

The Allotment – Onion and Shallot Planting

The Green Man

Well the weather hasn’t been very good the last few weeks down here in sunny Kent, so it’s been a case of get up to the allotment between bouts of snow, hail, sleet,rain and everything else in-between: I think there was even a day of sunshine, although it came with gale force winds.

A wee while ago I ordered some onion sets from the RHS.

Sets are a quicker way than seed to grow onions, although of course, if it’s easier there’s always a disadvantage; which in this case is, they are prone to whats called ‘bolting’, basically; they start the flowering process.

So whys that bad then? Well onions are ‘Biennial’ plants.With biennial plants the seed is sown in the first year, during which the plant forms shoots and roots. At the end of the first year, the plant goes into a dormant phase. In year two, when regrowth…

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World Cabbage Day – 17th February


I had all intentions of writing and uploading a post yesterday in celebration of the world Cabbage day that is held on 17th February, but the closest I’ve got to completing it was in a draft format before the day ran away with me. As I wanted to share this celebratory event with you I thought I would repost my Spotlight on cabbages article that I shared a couple of years ago.


Spot light on ……Cabbages
World cabbage day is celebrated today, 17th February and in the words of another who is also intrigued by this day “it is a day when the pleasure and simplicity of the cabbage is celebrated”. So in celebration of this family favourite vegetable the humble cabbage gets the spotlight treatment.

Before I really took an interest in growing fruit and vegetables, I didn’t really give a lot of thought to when you would plant…

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