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Claire's Allotment

Posted By: 23/02/2011 08:57:00

This week I have a bit more news to update you with. Also this week welcomes the return of 'Claire's Allotment' which has been away for far too long.

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Spring is Sprung

Posted By: 23/02/2011 08:49:00

Well I don't know about you, but the weather here in Dorset has been great over the past week.

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Officially Spring

Posted By: 23/02/2011 08:47:00

Ready........ Steady......... and I'm almost prepared for the madness of Spring and what's more I think I've got everything organised touch wood.

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Real Spring?

Posted By: 23/02/2011 08:46:00

It may not seem like it but we are a few weeks away from the start of Spring.

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False Spring

Posted By: 23/02/2011 08:45:00

What a funny week it's been weather wise, one minute Spring is here and the birds are singing their little heads off and the next minute they're covered in snow as Winter returns.

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First look at Winter Damage

Posted By: 23/02/2011 08:44:00

This week I ventured around the allotments to inspect the damage and pace out my plans for this year.

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Too wet to garden

Posted By: 23/02/2011 08:42:00

Well another quiet week for me in the garden.

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Garden Prep

Posted By: 23/02/2011 08:41:00

Thanks to everyone for the feedback on using black polythene as a mulch. It sounds like it is going to be a very successful option this year.

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Armchair gardening

Posted By: 23/02/2011 08:40:00

With the ground still too wet or to cold to even walk on, all I can do at the moment is look at the allotments and visualise my plans for this year.

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Rat Catcher

Posted By: 23/02/2011 08:39:00

A bit of a rushed newsletter today as I'm busy in the garden de-ratting the chicken shed.

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First Snow

Posted By: 23/02/2011 08:38:00

We had our first snow yesterday in Dorset, it wasn't much certainly not enough to make a snowball from but it did look very festive.

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Rain has gone

Posted By: 23/02/2011 08:35:00

Finally the rain has stopped and today is the first chance I have had for a while to get outside and do some work.

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Rain, rain go away....

Posted By: Paul 08/12/2009 09:41:00

Thanks to all the rain we've been having I have now finished all of the 'indoor' jobs and I'm now waiting for a few dry days so I can spread the last of the manure on the allotments.

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Dead Hedge

Posted By: Paul 08/12/2009 09:40:00

Over the past few weeks I have been working on a garden project where I have had to remove a large amount of dead trees.

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Happy Bonfire night!

Posted By: Paul 08/12/2009 09:39:00

For everyone outside of the UK who thinks I've gone mad celebrating a garden task, I haven't.

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Clocks fall back

Posted By: Paul 08/12/2009 09:38:00

We are almost at the end of October and even though the weather is still fairly warm in most areas of the UK the inevitable cold is just around the corner.

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Clearing & Tidying

Posted By: Paul 08/12/2009 09:36:00

Clearing and tidying are the jobs of the moment and this week I am going to prune the blackcurrant bushes and raspberry canes.

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Early Autumn frost

Posted By: Paul 08/12/2009 09:34:00

This week we had ourfirst frost. Most of the country has already had several but for us in the warm south west the frosts are quite late.

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Frosty Mornings

Posted By: Paul 08/12/2009 09:32:00

A chilly start for most of us today with the overnight temperatures dropping quickly.

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Leaves & Wind

Posted By: Paul 08/12/2009 09:31:00

October already, and for the gardener the first things that come to mind when you say the word October are leaves and wind.

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Autumn Equinox

Posted By: Paul 08/12/2009 09:29:00

The Autumn Equinox has just occurred on Tuesday and for most of usour nights are now longer than the days.

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Autumn Jobs

Posted By: Paul 08/12/2009 09:27:00

Autumn is my favorite time of the year, while the harvesting heralds the end of a years work in the garden the autumn is also the start of the next gardening year.

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Harvesting

Posted By: Paul 08/12/2009 09:26:00

The coming weekend looks to be a perfect one for gardening so what should you be doing?

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The start of Autumn

Posted By: Paul 08/12/2009 09:24:00

How to make Marrow Chutney

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Onion & Garlic Sets

Posted By: Paul 07/09/2009 09:08:00

With September looming ever closer yesterdays weather was very autumnal and an early reminder of what can be expected over the next few months.

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Courgette & Marrow Recipes

Posted By: paul 24/08/2009 14:17:00

Thanks to everyone who sent in recipe suggestions for Courgette's and Marrows.

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A glut of Courgettes

Posted By: paul 24/08/2009 14:16:00

What am I going to do with all my Courgette?

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Building a Cloche

Posted By: paul 24/08/2009 14:15:00

Two days without rain in the last week thats what we've had here. So much for a BBQ Summer!

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Holidays and watering

Posted By: Paul 24/08/2009 14:12:00

Firstly and apology to everyone for the date errors on last weeks Moon Planting guide.

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St Swithin's day

Posted By: paul 24/08/2009 14:07:00

Yesterday was St Swithin's day, and according to the saying...

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Sheep and Harvesting

Posted By: paul 24/08/2009 14:04:00

What a week it has been, busy, busy, busy. Non stop with both the garden and the animals. Firstly the broody hen was joined by another broody hen, and 24 hours later one of the eggs hatched. The chick immediately assumed the new broody hen was it's mother and she stopped being broody and got off the old eggs. So the original broody hen is still sitting on loads of eggs which haven't hatched yet, whilst the newcomer is off with one of her brood. What's worse is both broody hens are Light Sussex, and the chick is a Blue Maran. Hen's are so daft!

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Bantams and Brassicas

Posted By: paul 09/07/2009 10:13:00

I have come to realize I have chicken envy. I have eight perfectly good full sized chickens which lay six eggs a day in summer. Yet I find myself wanting to get some Bantams.

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Pesky Pigeons

Posted By: 26/06/2009 10:02:00

This week I'm having a 'downer' on Pigeons.

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Jun 18 2009

Posted By: 26/06/2009 10:01:00

What a busy week it's been, at last some rain has arrived to give me a break from the watering, and thankfully we only had some light drizzle compared to the rest of the country which was suffering with torrential rain.

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Jun 11 2009

Posted By: 26/06/2009 10:01:00

Sheep are the funniest farm animals by far, or that's what I've decided anyway.

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Jun 4 2009

Posted By: 26/06/2009 10:00:00

It's no good, the salad bed is producing too much rocket I can't eat it all, so I am admitting defeat and will turn some of it in into Rocket Pesto, or 'Pesto di rucola' if you want it to sound more edible.

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May 28 2009

Posted By: paul 04/06/2009 07:08:00

I love this time of the year, I end up eating so much fresh salad I'm starting to feel like a Rabbit.

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May 21 2009

Posted By: paul 04/06/2009 07:06:00

Another eventful week in the life of he Gardeners' Calendar editor, (Ooh! that does sound posh).

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May 16 2009

Posted By: paul 16/05/2009 08:23:00

This week I will start off with a progress report on the Raised Salad Bed.

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May 7 2009

Posted By: Paul 08/05/2009 07:24:00

Sad news to start the week with, the two chicks hatched last week have gone.

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Apr 30 2009

Posted By: Paul 08/05/2009 07:24:00

What Thursday again? Already? What happened to the the week?

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Apr 23 2009

Posted By: Paul 08/05/2009 07:23:00

Another cracking week weather wise, no frost, heavy dew overnight and beautiful sun during the day.

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Apr 16 2009

Posted By: Paul 08/05/2009 07:22:00

I hope you have had a great Easter break, mine was quiet with plenty of opportunity to get out in the garden and on the allotment.

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Apr 9 2009

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Apr 2 2009

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Mar 26 2009

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Mar 19 2009

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Mar 12 2009

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Mar 5 2009

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Feb 26 2009

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Feb 19 2009

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Feb 12 2009

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Feb 5 2009

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Jan 29 2009

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Jan 22 2009

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Jan 15 2009

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Jan 8 2009

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Jan 1 2009

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Dec 18 2008

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Dec 11 2008

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Dec 4 2008

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Nov 27 2008

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Nov 20 2008

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Nov 13 2008

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Nov 6 2008

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Oct 30 2008

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Oct 23 2008

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Oct 16 2008

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Oct 9 2008

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Oct 2 2008

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Sep 25 2008

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Sep 18 2008

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Sep 11 2008

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Sep 4 2008

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Aug 28 2008

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Aug 21 2008

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Aug 14 2008

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Aug 7 2008

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Jul 31 2008

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Jul 24 2008

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