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7 Ways to Jump the Allotment Waiting List

It can be frustrating to be on a waiting list for an allotment, waiting year after year to fulfill your dreams of growing your own food. In some parts of London you can wait 25 years! The UK average is around 4 years. Here are just a few ways of …

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Growing Rhubarb – How to Grow Rhubarb

The first few sticks of rhubarb in late Spring are beautiful. Look after your plant and it will look after you with bountiful harvests throughout the summer and can be stored for use throughout winter. Very easy to grow. VARIETIES Victoria: An easy-to-grow old favourite. Ideal for beginners as it …

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Growing Parsnips – How to Grow Parsnips

Once you get them to germinate, parsnips are quite easy to look after as they require very little attention. Always use fresh seeds as they are difficult to germinate. VARIETIES Gladiator: The long tapering, wedge shaped roots with smooth white skin, have considerable canker resistance. Highly recommended for both the …

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Growing Broad (Fava) Beans – How to Grow Broad Beans

Broad Beans (Fava Beans) can be sown either in late Autumn for overwintering for an early crop the following Spring or sown in early Spring for a Summer harvest. A very good crop for introducing children due to their large seed and fast growing nature. VARIETIES AQUADULCE CLAUDIA: A long …

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Growing Beetroot – How to Grow Beetroot

beetroot

The leaves can be used in salads as well as the more familiar globes. VARIETIES Boltardy: Smooth-skinned roots of fine colour,Beetroot Boltardyare ideal for exhibition. Resistant to bolting and recommended for early sowing. (Globe or Round type.) RHS Award of Garden Merit winner. Recommended by the National Institute of Agricultural …

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Growing Carrots – How to Grow Carrots

A very easy vegetable to grow and even a small amount of plants will give you a bountiful harvest if protected with microfleece. VARIETIES Eskimo: The most frost-tolerant variety bred so far. On well-drained soils, you can leave some roots in the ground through the winter and dig as required. …

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Growing Leeks – How to Grow Leeks

Leeks

Freshly picked during the Winter from the allotment, they are a great addition to the Sunday lunch or Christmas table. VARIETIES Musselburgh: An extremely winter hardy variety. Good length, tasty white stems. A milder flavour substitute for onions in many culinary dishes. Thick, white, tasty stems. Extremely winter hardy. Traditionally …

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