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Jesse Collings Room Opening - April 2022
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Jesse Collings Room Opening - April 2022
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Jesse Collings Room Opening - April 2022
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Jesse Collings Room Opening - April 2022
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Jesse Collings Room Opening - April 2022
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Fresh air, exercise, healthy produce and good company
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Enjoy home-grown flowers, fruit and vegetables
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Join us for BBQs and other social events
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Joy Simpson

I hope everyone is well and safe. These are such troubling times but it has to be said, an allotment is a real gift. Although I do have a garden at home, it is lovely to go up to the allotment and wor...
At the start of the year - just into lockdown - I wrote a post about collecting seed . I thought now was about the right time to do an update as we have finished harvesting much of the summer produce....
Dahlia Bright Eyes Dahlia seedlings Like everyone I am sure, my windowsills and green house are full to brim with seedlings that are almost ready to go out when this cold spell stops. What I want to d...
I think May is one of the months that the wildlife plot is at its best and this May was no exception. We had plenty of wildlife that I hadn't seen before on the plot, some that I managed to capture on...
I was working on the wildlife plot earlier this week when a couple stopped to chat. They were new to the site and really wanted to make their plot wildlife friendly. They have half a plot but realised...
It is asparagus time. Our soil is perfect for growing it - sandy and dry - and although you have to wait a few years for your first harvest, once you have the crop will continue for about 20+ years. I...
I haven't done as much work as normal on the wildlife plot this month as I am recovering from surgery and can't really do gardening of any sort. One thing I can do though is sow seeds so I have delaye...
There hasn't been much sunshine this month but when it has been sunny and the wind has stopped blowing, the bumblebees have been out. This is a queen buff-tailed bumble bee although queens have ginger...
It's been quite a busy time on the wildlife plot because November to March is really when I can make some of the bigger changes that I want to do before seed sowing and planting take over on my veg pl...
Happy New Year and hello to some sunshine at long last. It feels as if it has been very grey and damp for weeks and weeks but that has finally changed. I went down to the wildlife plot on a sunny afte...
One of the best things that I have done this year is to be part of the Vegetable Course. We have not only learnt how to grow vegetables but have also eaten a lot of cake, made scarecrows, eaten Jen's...
What a month it has been with two celebrations for us. The first relates to the Exmouth in Bloom It's Your Neighbourhood Award. The allotments received an 'Outstanding' for the Vegetable Course and th...
September marks a year on the wildlife plot. I can't quite believe it. I have to say it has been an absolute pleasure working on it and now that I know the garden a bit better, I am more able to see w...
The very last of my seeds that I have been waiting for are the leeks. They seem to have taken ages and there appears to be more than one way of producing new leeks.
I love it when there are free resources and you can make good use of them on your plots so here are my top 5 uses for wood chips. Use wood chips for paths . In fact a lot of us have already done this...
There is quite a lot to see on the plot this month as the weather warms up and the sun comes out. It may even mean we see fewer slugs and snails! Picking raspberries in the evening of the 13th of July...
One of the first jobs I did on the wildlife plot was to remove the raspberries from the bed at the side backing onto the outdoor area of Gorfin Hall. They had run halfway across the plot and I just do...
I have had to make a lot of decisions about the wildlife plot since September. Coppice all the hazels or just a few? I coppiced them all. Leave the Allium triquetrium to spread or remove it? REMOVE IT...
Finally, some of the biennial crops are starting to develop seed; beetroot and leeks in particular. It feels like a long time ago that I sowed this seed - about 14 months and they finish off my first...
I am not quite sure where April and May went but they do seem to have passed me by. However, I have been busy as have the bees on the phacelia. This is a buff-tailed bumble bee - it might be a worker...