The first crop is the sweetist…

There it was, hiding shyly in its bed, surrounded by a green blanket of leaves, baring juicy flesh so perfect and enticing. It whispering to me softly ‘eat me, eat meeeee!’
So i grabbed it, and gobbled it down before it could tease me any longer. Pure sweet bliss in my mouth, eyes wide i turned to my girlfriend and shouted ‘Cor, these strawbs are ‘bostin!’

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The Strawberry in question…

TO BATTLE!!

I pop up the allotment most days after work, just to check its okay you know? I’ve grown very fond of my plot. I check on my sweet peas all cosy in the can planters, i check the raspberries are growing up strong against their canes and smile proudly, i nod to my onions and garlic standing tall and straight, and i tut at my floppy rhubarb and then feel bad because I don’t want it to feel like its let me down.

But not this time.  (more…)

Brassica Netting – against Cabbage White Butterfly

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Brassica plants were getting large, so I needed to do something about netting them against Cabbage White Butterfly.

I bought some Debris Netting off eBay [although it came from Tarpaflex]. I selected 3M width as my raised beds are 4′ wide – so that means a clear height of “(3 metres – 4 feet) / 2 in inches” which Google tells me is 35 inches.

I had a roll of 1/2″ Blue MDPE underground water pipe (the Black above ground pipe would be better, as it has UV resistance), so I cut that into 3 Metre lengths, less about 6″ to be able to anchor it down, and stuck some canes in (I cut some 4 foot canes in half, about 2 foot pushed into the ground, and 2 foot sticking out to put the pipe onto. One “hoop” every 6 feet, or so.

The job only took…

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