I took on my new allotment garden in January 2018 but it wasn't until the September of that year that I had the time to dedicated to the project. Located on the Kent/London border.

Diary entries

January, 2019

December, 2018

November, 2018

  • 27 November

    Diary: Raspberries Complete and early Christmas gift

    Checking the weather forecast last night it said that this morning would be sunny followed by rain in the afternoon. For once, they were correct. Picking up my early Christmas present sent from Tamara in Austria, an oscillating hoe (pictured above), I headed for the bus. I arrived so early …

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  • 26 November

    Planting Hot Chocolate

    The plan was to finish planting the raspberries in the fruit garden but I ended up planting a rose. Back at the start of Summer I spotted a beautiful rose on a friends allotment. Stunning colours that looked straight out of a Victorian novel. It was called Hot Chocolate and …

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  • 25 November

    Time to ponder

    The grey weather continued and again I found an empty site when I arrived. Making the most of my time I set about cleaning one of the sheds. It’s surprising how quickly they can become full and need a broom swept around them. Having a think about the prospect of …

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  • 18 November

    First Raspberries Planted

    The weather forecast has been predicating a cold snap and it certainly arrived this morning. It was very windy on site and that made filming a video quite difficult. I filmed another monthly tour of the plot which you can watch here… https://diaryofaukgardener.com/v-november-tour-nov-y1/ After a few mugs of tea to …

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  • 18 November

    v: November Tour (Nov Y1)

    Quite a lot has changed since the last plot tour.

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  • 18 November

    Monthly Garden Tour for November – Year 1

    The allotment garden is really starting to take shape now.

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  • 16 November

    More Raspberries Arrive

    Another set of raspberries arrived in the post today from Marshalls. The varieties are… 2 x Raspberry Cascade Delight – An early floricane variety (see explanation below) originally from USA, cropping from June/July for about four weeks. Cascade Delight’s long fruit-bearing laterals make it an ideal variety for growing at …

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  • 10 November

    Cold and miserable

    What a day! Nothing but coldness, dark clouds and showers. It’s now 4:30pm and dark. Took another look at the location where I was planning on having the Vegepod and decided to move it. That means the start of the raised beds will be moved by 6ft. I may take …

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  • 10 November

    Setting up the Kettle

    With the temperature dropping by mid-afternoon it was time to set up the kettle station in the shed. I made a shelf from scrap wood, enough to hold the portable stove, box of tea bags, milk, sugar and a cup. Time for a cuppa tea Now the portable cooker is …

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  • 10 November

    Vegepod Visit the Allotment

    Vegepod visited the allotment today. I first met the Australian couple at a recent RHS London show, but originally saw them on a video by MuddyBootz Nigel when he visited the Shrewsbury Flower Show back in August (see video below). I liked their product and thought it would come in …

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  • 9 November

    Harry Dodson Cloches and New Fence Begins

    Time to make a start on the fence next to the railway. Plot to Plates YouTube Channel https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCxxrbaesHCsx1y5x4mb3xjQ

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  • 4 November

    Overwintering Dahlias and Bonfires

    Busy week preparing the dahlias for overwintering and enjoying the allotment site celebrations for Guy Fawkes night with traditional bonfires and fireworks. Strawberry Collection https://www.marshalls-seeds.co.uk/strawberry-plants-all-year-collection-pid7393.html Mugs are available from https://teespring.com/stores/diary-of-a-uk-gardenercom

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October, 2018

  • 28 October

    Planting Spring Bulbs

    As the evening light fades earlier and earlier, nothing warms the heart more than thinking of spring and the first splash of colour. Now is the time to be planting spring bulbs such as daffodils, tulips, hyacinths, grape hyacinths and crocus. Even if you’ve only got a patio or a …

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  • 28 October

    Monthly Garden Tour for October – Year 1

    Mugs from https://teespring.com/stores/diary-of-a-uk-gardenercom Time for a monthly tour of the allotment to see what has changed over the past month since the previous tour in September https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1LO11J-grx0

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  • 25 October

    Plastic Progress, New Bench, Grapes and Rose Cuttings

    This week I’ve built a new bench outside the shed plus found time to tidy up and lay down the foundations for next Spring. Get ready for Christmas with some gifts https://teespring.com/stores/diary-of-a-uk-gardenercom

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  • 25 October

    v: Bench, Grapes & Rose Cuttings

    Bed 3 is strimmed and covered in plastic for the winter. I make a bench outside the main shed. The grape is planted and the rose cuttings I planted a few weeks ago are doing great.

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  • 19 October

    Foxy Progress

    New signs are erected on the shed, the fence and gate are secured while the foundations for the raised beds start to be dug and levelled. There is also a shout-out to a new channel which I think is worthy of a mention. Subscribe to Tony’s channel at https://www.youtube.com/user/StarShipSofa (Tell …

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  • 18 October

    v: Foxy Progress

    New signs are erected on the shed, the fence and gate are secured while the foundations for the raised beds start to be dug and levelled.

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  • 11 October

    Peppers, Posts and Plans

    The nights are starting to draw in so getting time to spend on the allotment during the week is difficult. This week I pick some peppers, bury some posts and outline my plans for the next 6 months. [penci_related_posts title=”You Might Be Interested In” number=”4″ style=”list” align=”none” displayby=”cat” orderby=”random”]

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  • 8 October

    Robin

    After digging a patch of ground this Robin hung around for a while.

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  • 8 October

    Female Sparrow

    Female Sparrow on the allotment.

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  • 4 October

    Thinking ahead to Spring

    Time to start thinking about Spring bulbs! Find out what I get up to outside the garden by subscribing to my 2nd channel https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCRRj…

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September, 2018

August, 2018

July, 2018

June, 2018

  • 30 June

    Looking back over June

    The weather during May was nice, sunny and bright with daytime temperatures reaching 23*c but June stepped it up and reached temperatures of 28*c. Not nice weather to be gardening. I visited the plot in the evenings hoping for cooler weather but that didn’t work. So I sat back and …

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May, 2018

  • 28 May

    The Flying Shed

    We moved my original little shed down to Sergio’s allotment. The plan was to take it apart and transfer the parts to his plot but seeing as it was such a nice day, there were a few people on their plots who offered to lend a hand so we just …

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  • 20 May

    New Shed

    It was an early start as Tamara and I sat on the bus heading to my allotment. It’s been a beautiful day of sunshine. Sadly I forgot to put any cream on so I’m writing this while looking very much like a tomato which hasn’t been picked after a few …

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  • 19 May

    Building Foundations

    There is a Royal Wedding today so the allotment site is empty apart from myself, the birds and a fox sleeping under an old gooseberry bush on my plot. In the past I’ve always stay indoors on hot days, not being able to cope with the heat but this year …

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April, 2018

March, 2018

February, 2018

January, 2018

  • 22 January

    How much does it cost to run an allotment?

    The answer is akin to ‘how long is a piece of string?’. You can spend nothing on an allotment or spend hundreds, it’s up to you and that’s the beauty of it. Taking on my new allotment I’m going to keep a running cost of what I spend on tools, …

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  • 8 January

    Monthly Garden Tour for January – Year 1

    First plot tour of the year on the new allotment.

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  • 7 January

    Signing Contract and Surprise

    I arrived bright and early despite the dull overcast weather. Jim met me at the gate and took me to ‘my’ new allotment. Jim headed back to the clubhouse to put the kettle on while I spend some time inspecting the plot. A few minutes later and Jim reappeared, like …

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December, 2017

  • 29 December

    Good News

    The Chairman just telephoned to let me know that the plot I visited earlier in the month is available and has my name on it. We are to meet in early January to sign the contract and pay the rent. What a nice way to end the year.

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  • 20 December

    Would I be interested?

    I arrived and was taken to a plot that was probably going to be available at the start of the new year. It was actually the plot I was shown last Summer but in the cold light of Winter it didn’t look that bad. If this plot did become available …

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  • 15 December

    Telephone Call

    Received a telephone call from the site Chairman informing me that a plot has become available. Not Plot 34 which I’ve been visiting a few times in the past but a new plot. A date is arranged for me to visit the site in a few weeks to see it.

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November, 2017

  • 5 November

    Bonfire Night

    Jim invited me to visit his allotment site for their annual Bonfire Night event. It was obviously dark by the time I arrived, around 7pm. There was a good crowd of people and the bonfire was well away. Fireworks shot into the sky and there was an abundance of food …

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October, 2017

  • 30 October

    Visiting Jim

    Visited Jim on his allotment today. It looks a beautiful site. There was a large mount of burnable material which will be lit on Bonfire Night for their annual event which Jim has invited me to pop in. All set for Bonfire Night A nice sized bonfire While I was …

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September, 2017

  • 21 September

    Growing Pumpkins – How to Grow Pumpkins

    To produce a large fruit limit the number to 3 or 4 per plant. Harvest when the stems turn corky, store in a frost free environment.

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  • 4 September

    Final sowing of Vegetables this summer

    With most gardeners busy collecting harvests you would be forgiven in thinking that the growing season was over. There are still a few vegetables which you can sow in September and here I’ve compiled a list of plants which can be sown. Remember, sowing earlier in the month is better …

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August, 2017

  • 21 August

    TV Review: Land of the Giants

    Whenever a television production company makes a documentary about giant veg it usually shows the gardeners in a poor light – a bunch of twits locked in their own world talking to vegetables. BUT at last a television show has arrived which celebrates these dedicated growers and their achievements. LAND …

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  • 2 August

    A Possible New Allotment

    I’ve been unhappy on my London allotment for a while now. I feel that I’ve outgrown the space and need a new challenge and something bigger to grow more crops. A viewer of my youtube channel, Jim, lives in the next village and mentioned via social media that his site …

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June, 2017

  • 12 June

    Growing Leeks – How to Grow Leeks

    Freshly picked during the Winter from the allotment, they are a great addition to the Sunday lunch or Christmas table. VARIETIES Musselburgh: An extremely winter hardy variety. Good length, tasty white stems. A milder flavour substitute for onions in many culinary dishes. Thick, white, tasty stems. Extremely winter hardy. Traditionally …

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  • 11 June

    Cucumbers & Flowers #256

    It was very windy on the plot today so I spent some time in the greenhouse with my cucumbers and flowers.

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  • 9 June

    Dig for Victory: Making Plans for Structures

    This is the initial plan that I have for the top of the allotment. Just working out the location of the compost bins, water tank, mini-greenhouse, shed, seed bed and air-raid shelter (top right) – ideal for growing mushrooms!

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  • 9 June

    Planting Tomatoes & Harvesting

    In the greenhouse its time to plant the tomatoes and outside to take the first harvests.

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  • 6 June

    Dig for Victory: Back to square one

    I visited the allotment this evening and wasn’t surprised with what I saw. It’s been a fair while since I’ve been there. During the past few weeks I’ve been in-and-out of hospital trying to get to the bottom of the pain in my stomach, just under my left ribs. All …

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  • 6 June

    Millennials Have A Complicated Relationship With Travel

    Far far away, behind the word mountains, far from the countries Vokalia and Consonantia, there live the blind texts. Separated they live in Bookmarksgrove right at the coast of the Semantics, a large language ocean. A small river named Duden flows by their place and supplies it with the necessary …

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  • 4 June

    Stepping Back from Facebook

    During the past few years using Facebook has become more and more a part of my regular job in television production. Spending time on Facebook outside of work has become less important to me along with the need to ‘share’ every aspect of my life. In short, I’m come to …

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  • 3 June

    How to make Elderflower Cordial

    4kg Sugar (Granulated White) 4ltr Water 60 Elderflower Heads 6 Lemons 50g Citric Acid In a large pan, place the elderflowers with their heads facing down and cover with slices of lemon. In a second pan add the water, sugar and citric acid together. With a gentle heat stir all …

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  • 3 June

    Planting Cucurbits & Celeriac #254

    The greenhouse is starting to look empty as I plant the cucurbits (cucumber, courgettes, melons, squash) into their final growing positions in the garden along with the celeriac; plus a tip when growing onions.

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  • 3 June

    Dawn Chorus in June

    Filmed live from 4am. The dawn chorus in a London garden during early June.

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  • 2 June

    Gardening without digging is the way forward

    I left the hustle and bustle of London and headed to the quiet countryside of Somerset. After enjoying an evening meal and restful night at The Manor House in the beautiful village of Ditcheat, I headed off to visit Charles Dowding. Over the past 30 years Charles has pioneered the …

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May, 2017

  • 30 May

    Growing Sweetcorn – How to Grow Sweetcorn

    There is nothing more rewarding than breaking a cob of corn off the plant and cooking it within minutes of harvesting. VARIETIES SWIFT An early maturing, extra tender sweet corn with a high sugar content that gives a deliciously sweet flavour. It has a dwarf habit and improved performance in …

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  • 29 May

    Growing Runner Beans – How to Grow Runner Beans

    A very easy vegetable to grow and even a small amount of plants will give you a bountiful harvest. VARIETIES PAINTED LADY Bicoloured variety red-and-white flowers. Produces a heavy crop of medium length pods over a long season if picked regularly. The perfect choice for the flower garden where it …

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  • 27 May

    Dawn Chorus in May

    May dawn breaking over the allotments. Filmed live.

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  • 26 May

    Evening Sunset (LIVE) #252

    FILMED LIVE ON MY YOUTUBE CHANNEL Gentle walk around the plot as the sun sets beyond the rooftops.

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  • 26 May

    Meet Dolly & Doris

    Hello, we are sisters Dolly & Doris. Dolly has green eyes. Doris has amber eyes. We were found on a school playground, feral the shelter called us. After living a year at the shelter we’ve now moved in with Sean. It’s a nice house but we’ve been told to stay …

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  • 25 May

    This couple Quit Their Jobs To Travel The World In A Customized Bus

    Far far away, behind the word mountains, far from the countries Vokalia and Consonantia, there live the blind texts. Separated they live in Bookmarksgrove right at the coast of the Semantics, a large language ocean. A small river named Duden flows by their place and supplies it with the necessary …

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  • 24 May

    Transplanting Cucumbers

    The cucumber seedlings are now ready to be transplanted into their individual pots and beautiful seedlings they are, nice and strong.

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  • 24 May

    RHS Increase Security at Chelsea Flower Show

    RHS officials have increased security at the world famous Chelsea Flower Show following the bomb attack in Manchester on Monday evening, leaving 22 dead and many more injured. On Tuesday Prime Minister Theresa May raised the UK terror threat to its highest possible level, that of ‘critical’ – meaning an …

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  • 22 May

    Sowing Soapwort – Grow Your Own Soap

    Using the roots, Soapwort, will produce a lather in the bowl, so it is possible to grow your own soap! Keep it in check thought as it can quickly spread like a weed. Saponaria officinalis is a common perennial plant from the carnation family. This plant has many common names, …

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  • 18 May

    5 Ways To Travel Smarter In Vietnam, And Have Stories To Tell

    Far far away, behind the word mountains, far from the countries Vokalia and Consonantia, there live the blind texts. Separated they live in Bookmarksgrove right at the coast of the Semantics, a large language ocean. A small river named Duden flows by their place and supplies it with the necessary …

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  • 12 May

    Sowing Carrots & Parsnips then Disaster #248

    Finally got around to sowing the Carrots (Sweet Candle) and Parsnips (Gladiator). All was going so well until a visitor arrived on the plot…

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  • 12 May

    Sowing Carrots & Parsnips then Disaster

    Finally got around to sowing the Carrots (Sweet Candle) and Parsnips (Gladiator). All was going so well until a visitor arrived on the plot…

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  • 12 May

    Budapest’s Margaret Island, A Green Haven in Hungary’s Capital

    Far far away, behind the word mountains, far from the countries Vokalia and Consonantia, there live the blind texts. Separated they live in Bookmarksgrove right at the coast of the Semantics, a large language ocean. A small river named Duden flows by their place and supplies it with the necessary …

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  • 7 May

    Canon Picture Profiles, Get The Most Out of Your Video Features

    Far far away, behind the word mountains, far from the countries Vokalia and Consonantia, there live the blind texts. Separated they live in Bookmarksgrove right at the coast of the Semantics, a large language ocean. A small river named Duden flows by their place and supplies it with the necessary …

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  • 3 May

    Microsoft Wants to Make HoloLens the Future of Education

    Far far away, behind the word mountains, far from the countries Vokalia and Consonantia, there live the blind texts. Separated they live in Bookmarksgrove right at the coast of the Semantics, a large language ocean. A small river named Duden flows by their place and supplies it with the necessary …

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  • 2 May

    What’s on your bookshelf? #bookshelfchallenge

    I nominate FoodieLaura and Rickvanman, what’s on your bookshelf? Rickvanman https://www.youtube.com/rickvanman FoodieLaurie https://www.youtube.com/user/FoodieLauraTV Find my books at https://www.amazon.co.uk/Sean-James-Cameron/e/B001KHDXD8/ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_1?qid=1493723322&sr=8-1

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  • 1 May

    How to Use Auto AF Fine Tune on Your Nikon DSLR the Right Way

    Far far away, behind the word mountains, far from the countries Vokalia and Consonantia, there live the blind texts. Separated they live in Bookmarksgrove right at the coast of the Semantics, a large language ocean. A small river named Duden flows by their place and supplies it with the necessary …

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April, 2017

  • 28 April

    Barely Into Beta, Sansar Is Already Making Social VR Look Good

    Far far away, behind the word mountains, far from the countries Vokalia and Consonantia, there live the blind texts. Separated they live in Bookmarksgrove right at the coast of the Semantics, a large language ocean. A small river named Duden flows by their place and supplies it with the necessary …

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  • 25 April

    Microsoft’s Surface App Shows Accessory Battery Levels

    Far far away, behind the word mountains, far from the countries Vokalia and Consonantia, there live the blind texts. Separated they live in Bookmarksgrove right at the coast of the Semantics, a large language ocean. A small river named Duden flows by their place and supplies it with the necessary …

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  • 22 April

    iPhone 8 Leak Reiterates Apple’s Biggest Gamble

    Far far away, behind the word mountains, far from the countries Vokalia and Consonantia, there live the blind texts. Separated they live in Bookmarksgrove right at the coast of the Semantics, a large language ocean. A small river named Duden flows by their place and supplies it with the necessary …

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  • 20 April

    How to apply for an allotment?

    Sites are either owned by the local authority or from private landlords. Local authority sites are either classed as temporary sites or statutory sites. Statutory sites are protected by law. To apply for an allotment plot contact your local authority who will have a list of both authority and private …

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  • 19 April

    Microsoft Details Updates To The Bing Maps Web Control

    Far far away, behind the word mountains, far from the countries Vokalia and Consonantia, there live the blind texts. Separated they live in Bookmarksgrove right at the coast of the Semantics, a large language ocean. A small river named Duden flows by their place and supplies it with the necessary …

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  • 18 April

    The Art of Photography as Therapy for Your Clients

    Far far away, behind the word mountains, far from the countries Vokalia and Consonantia, there live the blind texts. Separated they live in Bookmarksgrove right at the coast of the Semantics, a large language ocean. A small river named Duden flows by their place and supplies it with the necessary …

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  • 17 April

    Transplanting Tomatoes into Bigger Pots with a Handy Trick

    My tomato seedlings are now getting too big for their little pots so they need to be moved on. To make the task easier I use the pot-in-pot method. It’s far easier to transplant established plants and can be used with lots of other plants.

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  • 16 April

    Busy Greenhouse Day & Peas #244

    Another busy week in the greenhouse.   Podcast details at http://seanjcameron.com/podcasts/

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  • 10 April

    London’s Oldest Allotments Recognised as Community Value

    Northfields Allotments on Northfield Avenue in Ealing dates back to 1832, making it London’s oldest surviving allotment but the site is under threat from developers.

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  • 3 April

    The Wright Stuff, Channel 5

    Responsible for creating a social strategy and digital schedule for this 2hr daily weekday debate show presented by Matthew Wright. Creating presences on various social media platforms and working closely with Channel 5 to develop social strands for each media outlet. Producing online content and monitoring stats to create topics …

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  • 3 April

    Behind-the-Scenes at Chelsea

    The Chelsea Flower Show is famous throughout the world as the premiere horticultural show. Set amongst the grounds of the Royal Hospital Chelsea in London, the show originally took place in Kensington in 1862 and was known as the RHS Great Spring Show. The move to its current location occurred …

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March, 2017

  • 31 March

    UK’s First Allotment YouTuber to Give Up Her Plot

    YouTube veteran Claire Burgess has made the unexpected announcement that she is giving up her allotment after 11 years. “After 11 years on my allotment it is time to bid it fair well. I’ve learnt so much, made some fantastic friends and I hope you have enjoyed coming along with …

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  • 20 March

    YouTuber to Stop Making Videos

    Popular YouTube channel Lavender & Leeks has announced there will be no more videos. Presented by Katie from her allotment in a small village in Hampshire, she announced that there will be no more videos for the next year but admits this could be carried over into two years. Talking …

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  • 19 March

    Broccoli, Salvia & Sweet Peas

    It’s been another day busy in the greenhouse as the March winds whipped around the allotment site. Today I transplanted my broccoli (calabrese) and the Savlia seedings plus sowed another batch of Sweet Peas.

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  • 18 March

    Tomatoes, Potatoes, Peas, Fruit

    Today I’ve been busy transplanting my tomato seedlings, sowing peas, planting potatoes and started planting some of my fruit bushes.

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  • 18 March

    Tomatoes, Potatoes, Peas, Fruit, Shallots

    Today I’ve been busy transplanting my tomato seedlings, sowing peas, planting potatoes, planting shallots (Longor) and started planting some of my fruit bushes.

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  • 18 March

    Working in Daytime Television

    Come with me and see what I get up to at work as a Digital AP on Channel 5’s The Wright Stuff, presented by Matthew Wright. The show is broadcast live every weekday morning on Channel 5 throughout the United Kingdom. Although the show starts at 9:15am until 11:15am, the …

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  • 15 March

    Canon EOS M10’s Successor Rumored To Be Known As The M100

    Far far away, behind the word mountains, far from the countries Vokalia and Consonantia, there live the blind texts. Separated they live in Bookmarksgrove right at the coast of the Semantics, a large language ocean. A small river named Duden flows by their place and supplies it with the necessary …

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  • 15 March

    World’s Best Teens Compete in Microsoft Office World Championship

    Far far away, behind the word mountains, far from the countries Vokalia and Consonantia, there live the blind texts. Separated they live in Bookmarksgrove right at the coast of the Semantics, a large language ocean. A small river named Duden flows by their place and supplies it with the necessary …

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  • 15 March

    The Wirecutter’s Best Deals: Save $50 on Apple’s 10.5-inch iPad Pro

    Far far away, behind the word mountains, far from the countries Vokalia and Consonantia, there live the blind texts. Separated they live in Bookmarksgrove right at the coast of the Semantics, a large language ocean. A small river named Duden flows by their place and supplies it with the necessary …

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  • 15 March

    Ryal Stomaz and Robbie Gibson Explore The World’s Nature Through Drone

    Far far away, behind the word mountains, far from the countries Vokalia and Consonantia, there live the blind texts. Separated they live in Bookmarksgrove right at the coast of the Semantics, a large language ocean. A small river named Duden flows by their place and supplies it with the necessary …

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  • 15 March

    Check Out Valve’s New VR Controller Prototype In Action

    Far far away, behind the word mountains, far from the countries Vokalia and Consonantia, there live the blind texts. Separated they live in Bookmarksgrove right at the coast of the Semantics, a large language ocean. A small river named Duden flows by their place and supplies it with the necessary …

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  • 15 March

    This Week in VR Sport: VR Sport Gets Its Own Dedicated Summit

    Far far away, behind the word mountains, far from the countries Vokalia and Consonantia, there live the blind texts. Separated they live in Bookmarksgrove right at the coast of the Semantics, a large language ocean. A small river named Duden flows by their place and supplies it with the necessary …

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  • 15 March

    An Iconic Greek Island Just Got A Majorly Luxurious Upgrade

    Far far away, behind the word mountains, far from the countries Vokalia and Consonantia, there live the blind texts. Separated they live in Bookmarksgrove right at the coast of the Semantics, a large language ocean. A small river named Duden flows by their place and supplies it with the necessary …

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  • 15 March

    Why Consumer Reports Is Wrong About Microsoft’s Surface Products

    Far far away, behind the word mountains, far from the countries Vokalia and Consonantia, there live the blind texts. Separated they live in Bookmarksgrove right at the coast of the Semantics, a large language ocean. A small river named Duden flows by their place and supplies it with the necessary …

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  • 6 March

    Dig for Victory: What was the Dig for Victory campaign?

    Within a month of World War II being announced the British government launched the ‘Dig for Victory’ campaign. UK residents were encouraged to grow their own food. For those with gardens, flowers were dug up and vegetables took their place. For those without gardens the call to take up an …

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  • 5 March

    Dig for Victory: All systems go!

    After meeting the allotment superintendent the deal was done. A 10-rod plot, as instructed by the government “will keep a family of five in vegetables for 8 months of the year”, cost me 16 shillings and 3 pence which is just under £60 in new money. I must write to …

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  • 5 March

    Dig for Victory: Digging for Victory!

    “Meet me at the allotment gates on Sunday at 11am.” – email from the site secretary Sunday arrived and despite a weather forecast consisting of rain and wind, I was greeted with blue skies and gentle breeze as I arrived at the locked allotments gate. Behind them lay a new …

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  • 5 March

    Greenhouse Pottering

    LIVE vlog from the greenhouse which includes planting shallots.

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  • 3 March

    Plant Potatoes in Containers for an Extra Early Crop

    For an extra early crop of potatoes, plant a few into a large pot and keep in a warm and light place such as the greenhouse.

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  • 3 March

    Dawn Chorus in March

    The birdsong of a March dawn chorus.

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  • 1 March

    Dig for Victory: New Year, New Project

    Before I started work in the TV and film industry, I worked as an Occupational Therapy Assistant at a hospital in Wales. The average age of the patients meant that there was a lot of talk surrounding the Second World War, the music of the era, the radio shows Gert …

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February, 2017

  • 26 February

    Planting first early Potatoes

    Today is a New Moon day which is good for crops that grow below ground, eg: potatoes, carrots, swede, etc. I planted 2 rows of early potatoes, v. Duke of York, in one of the raised beds. Yes it is early and I wouldn’t normally plant outside this early, but …

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  • 25 February

    Chitting Potatoes Explained

    During February and March you’ll hear many gardeners talk about ‘chitting’ potatoes, but what exactly is it and does it help? WHAT IS CHITTING? Chitting is a process of creating little shoots on the potatoes, where you’ll find their ‘eyes’. HOW TO CHIT? Traditionally gardeners use old egg boxes. They …

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  • 25 February

    #236: Celeriac, Fuchsia, Lupins & Storm Doris – February

    #stormdoris arrives on our plots as Vivi tried to straighten her beds while over in Sean’s greenhouse it’s time to sow celeriac and plant lupins and fuchsia. In the garden the first sign of Spring arrives when the daffodils come into flower.

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  • 23 February

    Storm Doris Day is here!

    LIVE video from the allotment as #stormdoris was hitting the UK.

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  • 11 February

    #235: Brighton & Snow! – February

    The first snow of the year falls on the allotment and Sean spends some time in the seaside town of Brighton, while back at the allotment Vivi is harvesting winter veg.

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  • 11 February

    Testing the new LIVE YouTube feature from the garden

    Testing the new feature which YouTube have given me, the ability to put out a LIVE video.

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  • 9 February

    Apple 12.9-inch iPad Pro and Microsoft Surface Pro Comparison

    Far far away, behind the word mountains, far from the countries Vokalia and Consonantia, there live the blind texts. Separated they live in Bookmarksgrove right at the coast of the Semantics, a large language ocean. A small river named Duden flows by their place and supplies it with the necessary …

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  • 9 February

    VR Health Group Is Rating How Many Calories Games Burn

    Far far away, behind the word mountains, far from the countries Vokalia and Consonantia, there live the blind texts. Separated they live in Bookmarksgrove right at the coast of the Semantics, a large language ocean. A small river named Duden flows by their place and supplies it with the necessary …

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  • 9 February

    MacBook Pro Squeezes Fans As iPad Pro Dominates

    Far far away, behind the word mountains, far from the countries Vokalia and Consonantia, there live the blind texts. Separated they live in Bookmarksgrove right at the coast of the Semantics, a large language ocean. A small river named Duden flows by their place and supplies it with the necessary …

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  • 9 February

    Thailand Earns Nearly 70 Awards in SmartTravelAsia.com

    Far far away, behind the word mountains, far from the countries Vokalia and Consonantia, there live the blind texts. Separated they live in Bookmarksgrove right at the coast of the Semantics, a large language ocean. A small river named Duden flows by their place and supplies it with the necessary …

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  • 9 February

    UPS Will Use VR Headsets To Train Student Drivers To Avoid Traffic

    Far far away, behind the word mountains, far from the countries Vokalia and Consonantia, there live the blind texts. Separated they live in Bookmarksgrove right at the coast of the Semantics, a large language ocean. A small river named Duden flows by their place and supplies it with the necessary …

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  • 9 February

    10 Predictions About the Future of Photography

    Far far away, behind the word mountains, far from the countries Vokalia and Consonantia, there live the blind texts. Separated they live in Bookmarksgrove right at the coast of the Semantics, a large language ocean. A small river named Duden flows by their place and supplies it with the necessary …

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  • 9 February

    How to Travel Europe by Bus for Under $600

    Far far away, behind the word mountains, far from the countries Vokalia and Consonantia, there live the blind texts. Separated they live in Bookmarksgrove right at the coast of the Semantics, a large language ocean. A small river named Duden flows by their place and supplies it with the necessary …

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  • 7 February

    RHS Vegetables for the Gourmet Gardener

    Ever thought of eating your Dahlia tubers or adding some Daylily to your stir-fry? Fancy growing Skirret? No idea what it is? Many people might be surprised to know flowers that they actively plant and care for year round are good for more than just staring at. There are a …

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January, 2017

December, 2016

November, 2016

September, 2016

  • 9 September

    The Best Spuds for Jacket Potatoes

    I’ve just returned home from the allotment. There were many people tending their plots this evening and we all commented on how dark it was getting at 7:30pm. With the light fading I rushed to harvest some potatoes for dinner. In my no-dig beds I planted a few rows of …

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  • 1 September

    Protect yourself against Allium Leaf Miner

    My leeks are looking beautiful at the moment. All standing straight like a line of Welsh soldiers waiting to be deployed to service in the kitchen. This time last year the scene was very different. All season they were doing well until mid-September. It wasn’t until I was using them …

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August, 2016

July, 2016

June, 2016

  • 30 June

    What is Sulphate of Ammonia?

    What is sulphate of ammonia and how to use it. This video is presented for information purposes only and does not necessarily mean an endorsement for use. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

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  • 23 June

    Growing Vegetables for Winter

    With summer not even on the horizon, the months of June, July and August are the time to turn our attention to what foods we’d like to be sitting down and eating for our Christmas Day dinner and throughout the Winter months. It’s time to start growing vegetables for winter. …

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  • 18 June

    Harvesting the Hedgerows with Craig Worrall

    During my recent visit to Harrogate last month I met Craig Worrall who describes himself as “passionate about collecting, eating, preserving and experimenting with wild foods”. As a child I used to explore the mountainsides picking windberries amongst the heathers then a few months later return to harvest the blackberries, …

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  • 12 June

    How to Make Tomato Soup

    With a bountiful harvest making tomato soup is the perfect way to eat.

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May, 2016

March, 2016

February, 2016

  • 24 February

    RHS plans new gardens

    I recently visited RHS Hyde Hall. To be honest I wasn’t aware this RHS garden even existed a few months ago. It’s based in Chelmsford, Essex. On arrival, I was expecting a large white Georgian house, but nothing, the ‘hall’ is in fact a traditional farm house. The name dates …

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  • 20 February

    The Walled Kitchen Garden

    I’ve always held a fascination with walled gardens. During the 1980’s the BBC produced a series called The Victorian Kitchen Garden. Based in Berkshire, the programme reconstructed a disused kitchen garden with the help of its previous Head Garden, Mr Harry Dodson, and ran it using Victorian techniques and practises. …

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January, 2016

  • 23 January

    What is Blood, Fish and Bone?

    What is blood, fish and bone and how to use it. This video is presented for information purposes only and does not necessarily mean an endorsement for use.

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  • 23 January

    What is Growmore?

    What is growmore and how to use it. This video is presented for information purposes only and does not necessarily mean an endorsement for use.

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  • 23 January

    What is Bonemeal?

    What is bonemeal and how to use it. This video is presented for information purposes only and does not necessarily mean an endorsement for use.

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November, 2015

October, 2015

  • 31 October

    Sit Back and Relax

    This week I was interviewed on BBC Radio Five Live about a report which hit the news regarding the health benefits of allotment gardening. Westminster and Essex universities conducted a survey of 269 people and split the group into those who did some gardening and those who didn’t. Their results …

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September, 2015

  • 7 September

    Growing Onions

    I lifted my onion crop a few weeks ago but there is no time to sit back and admire the harvest. Late September I’ll be planting onion sets which I’ll be cropping next year. When the foliage turns yellow and droops over, this is a sign that the crops is …

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August, 2015

  • 14 August

    Visiting YouTube Gardeners

    During Summer 2015, Sean travelled to various locations throughout the United Kingdom and met up with some gardening youtubers. To watch the individual videos visit https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL2ABCDB82349F0359

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  • 14 August

    Britain’s Best Allotment

    During the past few weeks I’ve spent most of my time driving around England looking at some beautiful allotments. I’ve been a judge in Britain’s Best Allotment competition as part of National Allotments Week which ends this weekend. It’s interesting to see people use their allotments not only a place …

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July, 2015

  • 16 July

    Transplanting in the Sunshine

    Today was a beautiful day (Friday). The sun was warm and the wind was light. Having lost so much time in recent months on other projects I wanted to really get something done today. Tackling the garden in chunks is the way forward, so today I decided to start with …

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June, 2015