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This is completely new to me so I will follow some instructions I found in a very old gardening book. But a few ideas from all of you might be useful. No good googling it as there are too many (experts) just putting anything down. I have a friend who has a Howgate Wonder which is a very fine apple and they still have some stored from last year as they always have a bumper crop. Good cooker but then turns into a nice eater with age. I do not have any room left for another tree so I am going to graft  some of the cuttings onto one already in the orchard and make it produce two varieties, like a family tree. Who has had any success at this?
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My remaining sprouts were just sitting in the ground getting bigger and bigger so this morning I got them all up and brought the stalks home. Any ideas for interesting things to do with the massive ones?
February 22, 2018, 08:02:43 by galina | Views: 144 | Comments: 5

We were 'in the smoke' yesterday for a hospital visit and a conference and walked through Regents Park between the two locations.  OH spotted 'allotment' on one of the signs and of course we had to check that out.

Very surprising, right in the middle of London, there is an organic demonstration and teaching allotment open to the public.  Allotments are never that inspiring at this time of year, but all the same very interesting.  First was the very benign climate, their rhubarb was out fully and ready to harvest and their autumn sown broad beans were developing flower buds!  They had a good selection of kales and also purple sprouts, leeks, beetroots, carrots, garlic, herbs.  Standouts were rainbow chards in all colours.  And a very nice array of oriental vegetables from choy sum, mitsuna, red mustard to shungiku greens and more. 

Well kept fruit trees and soft fruit bushes and a good compost making display, including various composters and a comfrey liquid 'tube'

Well worth a visit, foc and a real surprise that we stumbled upon by accident.   :wave:
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February 21, 2018, 12:33:26 by TheEssexYorkshireman | Views: 198 | Comments: 5

Good afternoon fellow allotmenteers. I've acquired 4 x 50L bags of Plagron's Batmix soil, will this be suitable for digging in to the plot?

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