updated november 2014

this month: what to do updated every month

next month: what to do updated every month

practical details on how to begin

Vegetable Guide

Companion Planting

Crop Rotation

herbs

weeds: common annuals& perennials

slugs and snails

a fresh, detailed, topical item of interest updated every month

photo review of the year

recipes from our chefs Basil and Doyle

fellow plotdiggers share their pictures with us

content and photos updated every month


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May Hi, if you grow or want to grow vegetables & fruit organically then this is the site for you. I have an allotment with raised beds (about four feet wide) so I never walk on the soil. I do not have edging boards since I discovered they just provided a hidey hole for slugs. Having raised beds helps me to rotate the crops to keep the ground free from disease.

Harvest

~Harvest basket~ Dec I keep my plot chemical free, partly because it's healthier but also because the produce tastes so good, especially when freshly picked. Experts say to keep the time from picking to cooking short with corn, asparagus and peas, but it's true of everything.



DecMy allotment is alive with flowers which attract insects, mainly Pot Marigolds, Californian Poppies and Poached Egg Plants. I have moderated the excesses of my early years when I think I was known as the "Flower Man", but the overall appearance is still rather chaotic compared to most which it is how I like it, because. I have never seen nature establish itself in straight lines, so unless there is a particular reason for it I donít try to plant in too regimented a way. I am also attracted to the idea of companion planting. Sceptics seem to wish to challenge its effectiveness, but I think that anything that looks and feels more natural has got to be beneficial and at the very least can't do any harm.

Chillis

~Chillis~ Dec 'This Month' is my plans for December, which is mainly general weeding and maintenance and 'Next Month' predicts what I'll be doing in January, guess what,mainly general mainenance. 'Dig This' is an archive of my thoughts on various subjects. The latest addition is on my approach to composting. My ideas about individual vegetables may be accessed in the 'Vegetable Guide.

Dec I hope you like my website. I update it each month with fresh information and photos. 100,000 hits was passed on 8 September 2009 and 50,000 hits on 15 February 2008. On 19 August 2012 the milestone of 200,000 hits was reached. You can see the hitmeter in the bottom left hand corner of this page. 250,000 was breached on Sunday 8 June 2014. HOORAY! On June 15 2009 a record number of hits for one day was recorded: 234. Someone googled 'How to start an Allotment' on 24 March and digmyplot was 1st out of 1,620,000.

I love to receive e mails, just click on Walter to send one, especially if you have a comment which will help improve the content. Walter is the carrier pigeon who is always in a flap below.


octoberI have started to record a little video every so often which takes a quick tour round the plot. The last one may be accessed here:

Allotment Tour July 17 2014


Updated November 26 2014clearNext update January 1 2015

May your plot grow with you.




updated november 2014 this month: what to do updated every month next month: what to do updated every month Vegetable Guide practical details on how to begin Companion Planting Crop Rotation herbs
weeds: common annuals& perennials slugs and snails a fresh, detailed, topical item of interest updated every month photo review of the year recipes from our chefs Basil and Doyle fellow plotdiggers share their pictures with us content and photos updated every month



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