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I think ladybirds will not be enough to control the aphids on my broad beans. Time to try spraying with soapy water.
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I felt lucky to see this robin on yesterday's morning walk to the allotment. A handsome bird.

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New video: allotment tour, June 2020

Watch on YouTube: https://youtu.be/dDZkAi0MB9I

A tour around my allotment as it stands on the 1st June 2020, introducing what is growing inside the polytunnel, fruit cage, and the no-dig beds. Lots of crops are nearly ready for harvest, but I think the wildlife has noticed too. Hopefully the nets will keep the birds, squirrels, and everything else off the fruit!

It includes tomatoes, cucumbers, raspberries, boysenberries, loganberries, tayberries, gooseberries, blackcurrants and redcurrants, winter squash, potatoes, beetroot, rhubarb, garlic, shallots, parsnips, chard, New Zealand spinach, broad beans, and blueberries.

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Picture of a heron taken on a walk. It did not allow me to get too close. Herons seem to be quite common on the stretch of the river Thames where I walk.

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One of my few remaining parsnip seedlings in the summer sunshine. The rest were enjoyed by slugs.

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Garden peas are in flower, so hopefully the pods will set soon, and something nice to look at too.

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Green gages are swelling nicely. They are one of the earliest fruiting of the plum family. Hopefully it will not be too long now!

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New video: https://youtu.be/9t95mCNtCvQ

Turning strawberries into coulis can help use up a bumper strawberry harvest, and is a good excuse to eat ice cream... #allotment #allotmentuk #allotmentlove #allotmentgarden #allotmentlife #growyourownfood #growyourown #gardening #gardeningtips #gardeningideas #communitygarden #communitygardens #allotmentbook#allotment #allotmentuk #allotmentlove #allotmentgarden #allotmentlife #growyourownfood #growyourown #gardening #gardeningtips #gardeningideas #communitygarden #communitygardens #allotmentbook #strawberryrecipes
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First tomatoes are forming. This is a cherry tomato called Sungold.

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Tomato cutting experiment. Usually, I discard the side shoots when pruning, but this year I have repotted five cuttings in one large pot filled with fresh compost. The early signs are looking good that they are rooting.

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Oxeye daisies in the garden this morning.

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I saw these flowers on the allotment this morning. I don't know what they are. I'll try and find out when I am home.

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Garlic has been growing well in the sunny weather. On my plot, I grow through biodegradable film to help retain moisture, as the soil is sandy.

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New video: https://youtu.be/F1IZ5iA_ziY

How to create a polytunnel watering drip irrigation system using solar power, in a situation where there is no mains water or electricity.

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Bee on tayberry flower this morning.

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