During Spring 2017 I decided to take on a second allotment. This is a traditional plot in the sense of its size, a little over 10-rods, enough to be very near self-sufficient. When I've got it ready for planting the intention is to give up Plot 1 in favour of this new full-size plot. Follow my journey through my blogs below. One thing I'm interested in will be to grow seeds which would have been around during the Dig for Victory campaign in the 1940s. This has also be inspired by watching Harry Dodson and Ruth Mott on the TV series The Wartime Kitchen & Garden which was broadcast during the 1990s. #startinganewallotment #newallotment #homefront #digforvictory #wartimekitchengarden

Blog Diary

September, 2017

August, 2017

  • 19 August

    On the Ledge #1: All About Terrariums

    In the last decade, miniature worlds under glass have gone from zero to hero: time was when a terrarium was a dusty bottle on your nan’s nicknack table – now you see them everywhere, from coffee shops to office reception desks. In this very …

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July, 2017

  • 18 July

    Dig for Victory: First flowers going in

    helichrysum (everlasting straw flowers) and ladybird poppies

    I arrived on site just before 10am. Today the site superintendent makes the monthly plot inspections. I’ve been busy on the allotment this week and feel that I’ve done enough to show willing for the future. Before the superintendent arrived I noticed that a …

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  • 18 July

    Sean’s Kitchen Garden #1: Getting started

    The first in a new set of videos where I take on a new allotment with a view of planting seeds popular during the 1940s.

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  • 16 July

    Dig for Victory: Clearing for a new flower bed

    Beautiful flower bed and shed

    I left it a bit too late getting to the allotment this evening. There were many people tending their plots, apparently Thursday evening is the start of the weekend in these parts. I met my plot neighbour and a few other plot holders, some …

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  • 14 July

    Dig for Victory: Strimming the grass

    Wartime Kitchen Garden: Before trench and strimming

    Not much to report from the visit today other than I strimmed the grass. I would have liked to have strimmed far more but the battery ran out. With it being a new allotment I wasn’t sure what was under the grass so I …

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  • 13 July

    Dig for Victory: Starting to dig a boundary trench

    Wartime Kitchen Garden: Before trench and strimming

    Work continues around the little rickety shed. As one of the communal paths runs behind my shed it is unclear where my plot begins. Driving the spade into the very hard ground and turning it over will be enough for the time being to …

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  • 10 July

    Dig for Victory: Blackberries, Roses and Trees

    Wartime Kitchen Garden - Dig for Victory. Shed July 2017

    This afternoon I visited the allotment and started work around the shed. To the left there is an old climbing rose which is out-of-control. It looks like it hasn’t been pruned for many years and inside the structure there is a lot of dead …

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June, 2017

  • 9 June

    Dig for Victory: Making Plans for Structures

    This is the initial plan that I have for the top of the allotment. Just working out the location of the compost bins, water tank, mini-greenhouse, shed, seed bed and air-raid shelter (top right) – ideal for growing mushrooms!

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  • 9 June

    How to deal with a heatwave


    They may be quite rare in recent years but when the UK is hit by a heatwave, it comes in force. Here are just a few tips on how to deal with plants in hot weather. Here are just 4 effective ways of dealing …

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  • 6 June

    Dig for Victory: Back to square one

    I visited the allotment this evening and wasn’t surprised with what I saw. It’s been a fair while since I’ve been there. During the past few weeks I’ve been in-and-out of hospital trying to get to the bottom of the pain in my stomach, …

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May, 2017

  • 24 May

    RHS Increase Security at Chelsea Flower Show

    RHS officials have increased security at the world famous Chelsea Flower Show following the bomb attack in Manchester on Monday evening, leaving 22 dead and many more injured. On Tuesday Prime Minister Theresa May raised the UK terror threat to its highest possible level, …

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