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By Angie, Aug 1 2015 01:05PM

Well, all the family ventured up to the plot and harvested - for three hours! Here are some of our harvests of berries from this season.

Blackcurrants picked in July
Blackcurrants picked in July
Strawberries picked back in June
Strawberries picked back in June

By Angie, Jun 1 2015 12:13PM

Not for me to drink! For my plants.

The two biggest weed problems on our plot are bindweed and couch grass. Neither are weeds you want to put straight onto your compost heap, so I like to drown them first for a few weeks in a dustbin which I top up with water to create a nutritional, nitrogen rich liquid feed.

Having had a mammoth weeding session two weeks ago, I filled my dustbin (finishing with a top dressing of nettles and comfrey leaves to completely fill to the top) and topped up with water, locking down the lid so the whole mix can stew for a few weeks in the dark.

Once the weeds no longer resemble their former selves, I drain them into buckets using an offcut of galvanised netting, tipping the gloopy drowned weeds into the compost heap.

I then add a couple of cups full of the smelly liquid into each watering can when watering the plants.

I usually leave this job until the end of the day when most of my fellow plotholders have left the site as it really smells awful!

By Angie, May 1 2015 12:05PM

Well, firstly apologies for no posts for a LONG time. Life and work took over my free time and I barely managed to keep the allotment going due to illness.

I am well on the mend now and we have started planting for this season already.

We have got in the ground:

Potatoes - Charlotte, Red Duke of York, Anya

Mange Tout - my usual selection of multi-colours - Golden (yellow), Shiraz (purple) and Oregon Sugar Pod (green)

Red Baron and Setton onions

The Asparagus I planted a couple of years ago is starting to produce a decent crop at last.

We resited and replanted the strawberry bed last year and this has been mulched ready for new crops.

I started the tomatoes and, as usual, have grown far too many! True to form, I am concentrating on growing a diverse variety - Tigerella striped, Four different types of black tomato, three different trailing cherry tomatoes, a large beefstead, plum tomatoes and yellow.

In addition, I have a selection of aubergine, chilli, summer and winter squashes, salads, french beans, runner beans and other crops also growing slowly in the conservatory at home which will be transferred to the allotment when they get a bit stronger.

What are you planting this year??