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The Slug: A Growers NightmareThe Slug: A Growers Nightmare

Bolting Florence FennelBolting Florence Fennel

Problems Growing Florence Fennel

Bolting:

  • Crops start to flower and produce seeds prematurely; leaves are unusable.
  • This is most often caused by dry soil or hot weather but with fennel, it can be caused by day length and transplanting shock.

Remedy:  

  • Ensure the soil or compost in pots is kept moist, especially during hot, dry spells.
  • Using a temporary shade screen or sheets of shading material will help during very sunny weather.
  • Keep the soil moist at all times.

Slugs:

  • Slugs eat leaves and young shoots.

Remedy:  

  • It’s impossible to completely eradicate slugs and snails, so protect vulnerable plants.
  • Non-chemical controls including hunting by torchlight on mild, damp nights, or making traps consisting of a jar half-filled with beer sunk into the ground near plants.
  • Iron phosphate-based pellets are effective and less likely to harm other wildlife than other pellets.
 

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Category: Recipes

Oca or Potato Homity Pie Recipe

Homity PieHomity Pie

Homity pie is a traditional British open vegetable pie. The pastry case traditionally contains a filling of potatoes and an onion and leek mixture, which is then covered with cheese.  It has a history that dates back to the efforts of the Land girls of the Second World War and the restrictions imposed by wartime rationing.

 

Fagiolini in Umido

Fagiolini in UmidoFagiolini in Umido

 This is a great dish to use some of the abundant Green Beans that should be available in the summer months Fagiolini in Umido is an Italian dside dish simply means Green Beans cooked in Tomato.

 

Irish Stew with Parsnips

Irish Stew with ParsnipsIrish Stew with Parsnips
The Parsnips are by no means traditional in this recipe and are optional but my wife loves them so what you going to do? 

Category: The Growing Season

Jobs to do in June

Jobs to do in June

Summer should be here!

Usually the risk of frost has passed by now, and with longer days there comes more sunshine and time to be in your allotment. If the weather is dry, then water your seed drills well before sowing any seeds – this way the young plants will develop a good root system.

 

Jobs to do in May

Jobs to do in May

May is usually one of the busiest months

The soil is warm and the plants growing well. But watch out for a sneaky late frost.

 

Jobs to do in January

Jobs to do on the Allotment in January
January is generally a very cold month with hard frosts freezing the ground and when the ground isn't frozen it is generally too wet to do much although there are no guarantees with British weather. Looking through my diaries, snow isn't that likely for a prolonged period but you never know.

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