July at Powerstown

Isn't the site looking good! Here's some examples of different ways to grow - traditional drills vs raised beds. What's your preference? Soft fruit does well here at Powerstown, here are examples from the site including raspberries, strawberries and various currents: A lot of people put sheds up in Powerstown, take a look at these: … Continue reading July at Powerstown

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.

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Sowing

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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Vegetable Seeds for Easy to Grow Gardens

For beginner gardeners and for those who want a simple life there are some low maintenance herbs & vegetable seeds for a productive vegetable plot. All vegetables require a certain amount of care & protection and if you are well prepared & equipped then the work load becomes much easier. The low maintenance vegetable seeds … Continue reading Vegetable Seeds for Easy to Grow Gardens

The Allotment – Onion and Shallot Planting

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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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