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June, 2017

  • 29 June

    MuddyBootz Allotment #81 – Nets Explained, Potato Trials, Greenhouse Tour

    The different type of nets used on the plot are explained and we continue planting out Cauliflowers, and sowing Peas. The allotment greenhouse is fully planted and we reveal the results of the potato fertiliser trials. Sit back and ENJOY!!!!

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  • 27 June

    Product Review: Philips Solar LED Pendant with USB Charger

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    Recently there has been a lot of talk on social media (https://www.facebook.com/groups/2367055872/) about the Philips Solar LED Pendant with USB Charger, so I decided to buy one and see if all the hype was necessary.

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  • 25 June

    FAQs

    GENERAL WHAT IS AN ALLOTMENT? —————————- oOo —————————- RUSTY THE ALLOTMENT CAT WHERE DOES RUSTY LIVE? Rusty lives in one of the houses surrounding the allotments. HOW OLD IS RUSTY? I don’t know. He arrived on the allotments as a kitten around 2012. DO YOU HAVE A PICTURE OF RUSTY …

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  • 23 June

    Sean’s Allotment Garden #258: Harvests, Flowers & Monty Don

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    This week on Sean’s Allotment Garden I’ve been busy bringing in the harvests and enjoying the flowers which are in bloom, last week i headed to Birmingham to meet up with other YouTubers at BBC Gardeners’ World Live where we bumped into Monty Don. Check out my blog at http://seanjcameron.com …

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  • 22 June

    How to Grow Calabrese / Broccoli from Seed to Plate

    This is how I grew my calabrese / broccoli and very nice it tasted as well. Sowed January 2 in an unheated greenhouse. Transplanted March 19 into individual pots. Planted outside April 30. First harvest June 18, final harvest June 22. The harvests were quite close together so a point …

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  • 21 June

    Heatwave leaves Gardener with second-degree burns *GRAPHIC*

    One man not enjoying the current heatwave the UK is experiencing is gardener Greg Binnie. The 20-year-old spent seven hours on Saturday cutting grass outdoors in Dumfries, which has left him with second-degree burns. “It’s torture,” he told Newsbeat. “It’s hard to describe the pain. It’s like there’s a crack …

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  • 21 June

    How to Make Pea Pod Soup

    When harvesting peas don’t throw away the pods but keep them and turn into a bowl of beautiful pea pod soup.

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  • 21 June

    How to Blanch and Freeze Peas

    The harvest of the peas has began so it’s into the kitchen to blanch and freeze the pea harvest. Keep the pods and you can make Pea Pod Soup, see the video at http://seanjcameron.com/make-pea-pod-soup/

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  • 20 June

    Funeral of Harry Dodson, The Victorian Kitchen Garden

    More than a decade after his death, the ashes of Harry Dodson have returned to his home in Blackmoor, Hampshire. On Monday, June 19, at 2pm, Reverend Dom Clarke hosted a service at St Matthew’s Church, Blackmoor, to mark the interment of Mr Dodson’s remains. Mr Dodson, who died aged …

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  • 15 June

    Sean’s Allotment Garden #257: June Tour & Future Chat

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    Vegetables to sow now for a winter harvest http://seanjcameron.com/growing-vegetables-winter/ Check out my blog at http://seanjcameron.com which also includes guides on how to grow vegetables, herbs, flowers and fruit. ✩ My Instagram – http://instagram.com/seanjamescameron ✩ My FaceBook Page – http://www.facebook.com/seanjcameron/ ✩ My Twitter – http://twitter.com/seanjcameron Support these videos by donating to …

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  • 13 June

    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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  • 13 June

    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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  • 13 June

    Detecting the first signs of black fly on Broad Beans (Fava Beans)

    Blackfly won’t harm the crop but it will reduce the amount you harvest. The first sign of blackfly arrive is an increase in ant activity on the broad beans. A way of stopping blackfly is by removing the growing tips.

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  • 13 June

    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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  • 12 June

    Growing Beetroot – How to Grow Beetroot

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    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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  • 12 June

    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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  • 12 June

    Growing Leeks – How to Grow Leeks

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    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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  • 12 June

    Jerusalem Artichoke Soup

    Freshly harvested Jerusalem artichokes from the garden and straight into the kitchen to make soup. You will need: Jerusalem Artichokes x 1kg, wash and slice Carrots x 2, slice Leeks x 2, slice Onion x 1, peel and slice Milk x 1 litre Salt, pepper, mint sauce to taste What …

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  • 12 June

    Growing Jerusalem Artichokes – How to Grow Jerusalem Artichokes

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    Plant it and forget about it, it’s that easy but plant in a permanent position. They grow to around 6ft and make a very good wind barrier. VARIETIES Fuseau: A novel winter alternative to potatoes, with a unique and delicious taste. Larger and smoother tubers than the common ‘knobbly’ variety, …

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  • 12 June

    Growing Tomatoes – How to Grow Tomatoes

    A very easy vegetable to grow and even a small amount of plants will give you a bountiful harvest. VARIETIES coming soon SOWING PLANTING Companion Planting TOMATOES prefer to be planted with Parsley, Basil, Carrots, Chives, Garlic, Marigolds, Foxgloves, Sweetcorn, Asparagus. TOMATOES dislike being planted with Potatoes, Kohl Rabi, Fennel, …

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  • 12 June

    Growing Garlic – How to Grow Garlic

    October and November are the months to plant your autumn garlic. Thank you to The Garlic Farm for supplying me with the cloves. http://www.thegarlicfarm.co.uk Plant garlic in rows in any well drained soil in full sun. It is important that the soil does not become waterlogged so incorporate plenty of …

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  • 11 June

    Cucumbers & Flowers #256

    It was very windy on the plot today so I spent some time in the greenhouse with my cucumbers and flowers.

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  • 9 June

    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

    Planting Tomatoes & Harvesting

    In the greenhouse its time to plant the tomatoes and outside to take the first harvests.

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  • 6 June

    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, just under my left ribs. All …

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  • 5 June

    Ways to reduce pest damage by understanding pests

    Keep pests off your plants with covers of mesh, fleece and netting of different mesh size. I show some crops which may need protection. Healthy plants attract less pests: I suggest ways of increasing health such as sowing at the most favourable time, according to each vegetable – see here …

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  • 4 June

    Harry Dodson Funeral to be Held – Decade after Death

    MORE than a decade after his death, the ashes of Harry Dodson will be heading home to Blackmoor. On Monday, June 19, at 2pm, Reverend Dom Clarke will host a service at St Matthew’s Church, Blackmoor, to mark the interment of Mr Dodson’s remains. Mr Dodson, who died aged 85 …

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  • 4 June

    Stepping Back from Facebook

    During the past few years using Facebook has become more and more a part of my regular job in television production. Spending time on Facebook outside of work has become less important to me along with the need to ‘share’ every aspect of my life. In short, I’m come to …

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  • 4 June

    How to Stop Cauliflowers Turning Yellow

    Cauliflower curds, the edible white part, can turn yellow if they are exposed to sunlight. To stop this gather all the outer leaves and tie them together by either using garden twine or, even better, use an elastic band as they can expand themselves as the plant grows bigger. The …

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  • 3 June

    How to make Elderflower Cordial

    4kg Sugar (Granulated White) 4ltr Water 60 Elderflower Heads 6 Lemons 50g Citric Acid In a large pan, place the elderflowers with their heads facing down and cover with slices of lemon. In a second pan add the water, sugar and citric acid together. With a gentle heat stir all …

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  • 3 June

    Planting Cucurbits & Celeriac #254

    The greenhouse is starting to look empty as I plant the cucurbits (cucumber, courgettes, melons, squash) into their final growing positions in the garden along with the celeriac; plus a tip when growing onions.

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  • 3 June

    Dawn Chorus in June

    Filmed live from 4am. The dawn chorus in a London garden during early June.

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  • 2 June

    An Artists Allotment with Greg Becker

    I filmed it many years ago but still love the feel and the story behind it.

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May, 2017

  • 31 May

    Visiting Tamara’s Plot #253

    A walk around Tamara’s allotment which was originally owed by Geoff for the previous 12 years.

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  • 30 May

    Growing Sweetcorn – How to Grow Sweetcorn

    There is nothing more rewarding than breaking a cob of corn off the plant and cooking it within minutes of harvesting. VARIETIES SWIFT An early maturing, extra tender sweet corn with a high sugar content that gives a deliciously sweet flavour. It has a dwarf habit and improved performance in …

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  • 29 May

    Growing Runner Beans – How to Grow Runner Beans

    A very easy vegetable to grow and even a small amount of plants will give you a bountiful harvest. VARIETIES PAINTED LADY Bicoloured variety red-and-white flowers. Produces a heavy crop of medium length pods over a long season if picked regularly. The perfect choice for the flower garden where it …

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  • 28 May

    Growing Potatoes in Pots for Early Harvest

    Dan started potting up some first early potatoes in early February: “Trying to get a really early harvest of potatoes by planting early into small pots and then growing on in a frost free greenhouse or polytunnel. I use 2 seed potatoes in a 15 litre pot and plant about …

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  • 28 May

    How to make Elderflower Champagne

    The elderflowers are in full bloom at the moment. Many years ago Jonathan Wallace came to visit me and we make some elderflower champagne, it was wonderful. We drank some a month later and the rest was kept for around 6 months. All bottles were drunk within the day it …

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  • 27 May

    What is Hardening Off?

    Seeds and plants raised on the windowsill or in the greenhouse need to be ‘hardened off’ before planting into their final growing positions in the garden. Hardening off is the process of putting plants outside during the day but returning them indoors for the night. This helps the plants acclimatise …

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  • 27 May

    Dawn Chorus in May

    May dawn breaking over the allotments. Filmed live.

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  • 26 May

    Evening Sunset (LIVE) #252

    FILMED LIVE ON MY YOUTUBE CHANNEL Gentle walk around the plot as the sun sets beyond the rooftops.

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  • 26 May

    Meet Dolly & Doris

    Hello, we are sisters Dolly & Doris. Dolly has green eyes. Doris has amber eyes. We were found on a school playground, feral the shelter called us. After living a year at the shelter we’ve now moved in with Sean. It’s a nice house but we’ve been told to stay …

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  • 24 May

    Transplanting Cucumbers

    The cucumber seedlings are now ready to be transplanted into their individual pots and beautiful seedlings they are, nice and strong.

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  • 24 May

    Receiving a 28 Day Letter

    Within the allotment world there is a phrase which puts fear into the heart of any gardener – the ’28 Day letter’. If you have been sent a 28 day letter it usually means that your plot isn’t meeting the standards of that allotment site. You will have 28 days …

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  • 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, that of ‘critical’ – meaning an …

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  • 22 May

    Sowing Soapwort – Grow Your Own Soap

    Using the roots, Soapwort, will produce a lather in the bowl, so it is possible to grow your own soap! Keep it in check thought as it can quickly spread like a weed. Saponaria officinalis is a common perennial plant from the carnation family. This plant has many common names, …

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  • 21 May

    Sean’s Travels: Visiting an Allotment Open Day

    Today I took a trip on the bus to an allotment site open day. This site holds open days twice a year and it’s always good to chat with other gardeners about what is growing well and what is not germinating this year. There is also a chance to buy …

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  • 19 May

    Mid-May Tour 2017

    It’s finally raining after 12 weeks of sunshine!

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  • 18 May

    Harvesting the Greenhouse Pot Potatoes #250

    The Potatoes, v. Red Duke of York, in the greenhouse have been growing for 12 weeks now but the supplier claims that they can be harvested as early as 10 weeks. So let’s have a look at what I’ve got.

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  • 15 May

    Planting the Runner Beans (Pole Beans) #249

    It looks like the last frost has now passed so it’s time to plant out the Runner Beans, v. Firestorm.

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  • 12 May

    The Jam Maker’s Garden

    The Jam Maker’s Garden is a beautifully presented book which gives clear instructions and confidence to the make the many recipes. The book has a little gardening section but it’s mainly about how to use fruit, vegetables and herbs in the kitchen. First it shows the basics of making jams …

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  • 12 May

    Sowing Carrots & Parsnips then Disaster #248

    Finally got around to sowing the Carrots (Sweet Candle) and Parsnips (Gladiator). All was going so well until a visitor arrived on the plot…

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  • 8 May

    Is Aaron Hickman the new Joe Maiden?

    When Joe Maiden died in September 2015 BBC Radio Leeds lost their best-loved gardening presenter. Joe appeared every Sunday morning for three hours with presenter Tim Crowther and the audience loved him. You could hear the twinkle in his voice as he recounted endless gardening tales and his wealth of …

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  • 5 May

    May Tour 2017 – Sean’s Allotment Garden #247

    It’s May, so time for another monthly allotment tour.

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  • 2 May

    What’s on your bookshelf? #bookshelfchallenge

    I nominate FoodieLaura and Rickvanman, what’s on your bookshelf? Rickvanman https://www.youtube.com/rickvanman FoodieLaurie https://www.youtube.com/user/FoodieLauraTV Find my books at https://www.amazon.co.uk/Sean-James-Cameron/e/B001KHDXD8/ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_1?qid=1493723322&sr=8-1

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April, 2017

  • 30 April

    Heating the Greenhouse & Planting Out #246

    This week we have a really hard frost, hopefully the last of the season, so I was busy making sure the greenhouse kept above freezing in order to protect all the seedlings I’ve got. I also meet up with Tamara on her plot, this is the allotment which Geoff had. …

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  • 26 April

    Why does Rhubarb grow a flower head?

    Although we prominently use rhubarb in desserts and cordials, it is actually classed as a vegetable. Every Autumn I dispose of the compost from hanging baskets and pots over the rhubarb crown with a few handfuls of chicken manure pellets. Rhubarb is a hungry crop and needs feeding otherwise you’ll …

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  • 23 April

    First day of weeding and strimming

    First full afternoon on the allotment. The sun even had some heat in it as I set about strimming the grass and weeds down to the ground. I made a start of removing some of the weeds but the ground is so dry after no rain for 6 weeks it …

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  • 23 April

    Frost, Spinach, Savoy Cababges #245

    A hard frost arrived this week so there was a need to cover tender crops including my potatoes, but with no fleece at hand I had to use something else. In the greenhouse the Savoy Cabbages are transplanted and the first sowing of Spinach is complete.

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  • 21 April

    First Tour of the Allotment

    First tour of the allotment. There isn’t much to see other than grass, weeds, grass, oh, and more grass. It’s always a good idea to take lots of photographs and video before you tackle any new allotment, they are great to look back on to see how much hard work …

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  • 20 April

    Different types of Allotments

    There is no set layout to an allotment. Traditionally the method was to have straight lines of plants, row after row, but in recent years allotments are become more of a mix for leisure and gardening. Visit your allotment at different times of day to work out where the sun …

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  • 20 April

    How to apply for an allotment?

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    Sites are either owned by the local authority or from private landlords. Local authority sites are either classed as temporary sites or statutory sites. Statutory sites are protected by law. To apply for an allotment plot contact your local authority who will have a list of both authority and private …

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  • 20 April

    What is an allotment?

    Vivi's Allotment in May

    An allotment is an area of land which is rented on a yearly basis to local residents and community groups. The purpose of an allotment is to grow your own food, whether that is fruit, herbs or vegetables. Flowers can be grown on an allotment but they are mostly for …

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  • 19 April

    First Video and Seeds

    The first in a new playlist of videos following my journey as I take on an old allotment and rebuild it using the leaflets and information distributed during the 1940s as part of the Dig for Victory campaign. The job of cleaning the site and sowing the first seeds, Broad …

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  • 18 April

    Sowing Sweetcorn

    Traditionally my final frost is usually during the second week in May so now is the time for me to start planning the sweetcorn harvest.

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  • 17 April

    Transplanting Tomatoes into Bigger Pots with a Handy Trick

    My tomato seedlings are now getting too big for their little pots so they need to be moved on. To make the task easier I use the pot-in-pot method. It’s far easier to transplant established plants and can be used with lots of other plants.

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  • 17 April

    Planting Roses

    How to plant roses.

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  • 17 April

    How to Make Elderflower Champagne

    Jonathan Wallace shows me how to make elderflower champagne.

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  • 17 April

    Lavender Growing Guide

    Learn how to grow the perfect lavender with Shropshire Lavender’s Robin Spencer as he explains the principles of growing lavender – the complete guide.

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  • 16 April

    Busy Greenhouse Day & Peas #244

    Another busy week in the greenhouse.   Podcast details at http://seanjcameron.com/podcasts/

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  • 16 April

    Chatting to Herb Expert Jekka McVicar

    Extended interview with Jekka McVicar, the UK’s foremost Herb Expert, Author and Broadcaster. For further information visit Jekka’s website at https://www.jekkasherbfarm.com

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  • 13 April

    Listen to the Podcast on the Go!

    Sean’s Allotment Garden podcast gives practical down-to-earth gardening advice mainly about growing your own food, plus interviews with leading gardeners, celebrities and visiting gardens/events. Launching April 2017 on Android, iOS and Windows. To listen to the podcast first you will need to download the Acast app for your device, click …

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  • 13 April

    Podcast #1: Rhubarb, Runner Beans and Matthew Biggs, The Great British Village Show

    In addition to news and events, this week the rhubarb needs harvesting and in the greenhouse Sean is sowing the first of the Runner Beans. We also chat with author and panelist of BBC Radio 4’s Gardeners’ Question Time Matthew Biggs about his latest book. ✩ Subscribe for more videos …

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  • 12 April

    April Tour 2017 – Sean’s Allotment Garden

    Time for another walk around the allotment garden to see the changes since last month.

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  • 10 April

    London’s Oldest Allotments Recognised as Community Value

    London’s oldest allotment site has received official recognition from Ealing Council as an asset of community value (ACV) under the Localism Act 2011. Northfields Allotments on Northfield Avenue in Ealing dates back to 1832, making it London’s oldest surviving allotment. The site’s classification as an ACV recognises its importance to …

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  • 3 April

    Behind-the-Scenes at Chelsea

    The Chelsea Flower Show is famous throughout the world as the premiere horticultural show. Set amongst the grounds of the Royal Hospital Chelsea in London, the show originally took place in Kensington in 1862 and was known as the RHS Great Spring Show. The move to its current location occurred …

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  • 2 April

    Tomatoes, Cornflowers, Potatoes, Cauliflowers

    This week Vivi came to give me a hand to help clean the new flower and fruit garden. Jobs include transplanting tomatoes and cauliflowers, sowing cornflowers, earthing-up the greenhouse potatoes in containers; plus Vivi is erecting her climbing bean sticks and her broad beans are in flower. Rusty is also …

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March, 2017

  • 31 March

    UK’s First Allotment YouTuber to Give Up Her Plot

    YouTube veteran Claire Burgess has made the unexpected announcement that she is giving up her allotment after 11 years. “After 11 years on my allotment it is time to bid it fair well. I’ve learnt so much, made some fantastic friends and I hope you have enjoyed coming along with …

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  • 26 March

    Zinnia, Tulips, Marigolds, Shark Fin

    This weekend has been beautiful, wall-to-wall sunshine, weekend. Featured… Zinnia, tulips, marigolds, sunshine, seedlings, shark fin melon.

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  • 20 March

    YouTuber to Stop Making Videos

    Popular YouTube channel Lavender & Leeks has announced there will be no more videos. Presented by Katie from her allotment in a small village in Hampshire, she announced that there will be no more videos for the next year but admits this could be carried over into two years. Talking …

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  • 19 March

    Broccoli, Salvia & Sweet Peas

    It’s been another day busy in the greenhouse as the March winds whipped around the allotment site. Today I transplanted my broccoli (calabrese) and the Savlia seedings plus sowed another batch of Sweet Peas.

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  • 18 March

    Tomatoes, Potatoes, Peas, Fruit

    Today I’ve been busy transplanting my tomato seedlings, sowing peas, planting potatoes and started planting some of my fruit bushes.

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  • 18 March

    Working in Daytime Television

    Come with me and see what I get up to at work as a Digital AP on Channel 5’s The Wright Stuff, presented by Matthew Wright. The show is broadcast live every weekday morning on Channel 5 throughout the United Kingdom. Although the show starts at 9:15am until 11:15am, the …

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  • 13 March

    Clearing by the shed

    Late afternoon and I make a start clearing the area by the shed. There are a number of pallets but they are so old they fall apart as soon as I touch them. As I move old plastic bags I’m discovering lots of wildlife, newts and frogs, and little baby …

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  • 9 March

    March Tour 2017 – Sean’s Allotment Garden #237

    Quick walk around my allotment garden in March.

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  • 6 March

    What was the Dig for Victory campaign?

    Within a month of World War II being announced the British government launched the ‘Dig for Victory’ campaign. UK residents were encouraged to grow their own food. For those with gardens, flowers were dug up and vegetables took their place. For those without gardens the call to take up an …

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  • 5 March

    All systems go!

    After meeting the allotment superintendent the deal was done. A 10-rod plot, as instructed by the government “will keep a family of five in vegetables for 8 months of the year”, cost me 16 shillings and 3 pence which is just under £60 in new money. I must write to …

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  • 5 March

    Digging for Victory!

    “Meet me at the allotment gates on Sunday at 11am.” – email from the site secretary Sunday arrived and despite a weather forecast consisting of rain and wind, I was greeted with blue skies and gentle breeze as I arrived at the locked allotments gate. Behind them lay a new …

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  • 3 March

    Making compost from garden and other wastes, the principles and some results

    Charles Dowding explains green and brown ingredients, using coffee and other wastes including roots of perennial weeds and blighted leaves. What size pieces to add, what temperatures you need and may expect. How long to leave heaps before turning or using, “I show you compost in different stages, of varied …

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  • 3 March

    Plant Potatoes in Containers for an Extra Early Crop

    For an extra early crop of potatoes, plant a few into a large pot and keep in a warm and light place such as the greenhouse.

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  • 3 March

    Pensioner Evicted after Dog Dies

    A pensioner is being evicted from an allotment for burying his dead dog on the site. John Johnson, 69, was told to dig up the body of border collie Max last month after complaints from other tenants. He compiled with the order from council chiefs, but has been told he …

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  • 3 March

    Dawn Chorus in March

    The birdsong of a March dawn chorus.

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  • 2 March

    Woman 80, found murdered in allotment

    Detectives have launched a murder inquiry after the body of a 80-year-old woman was found on an allotment site she helped to run in north London. The body of “fragile” pensioner Lea Adri-Soejoko was found by police officers in a garden lock-up on the Colindale allotments after she had been …

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  • 1 March

    New Year, New Project

    Before I started work in the TV and film industry, I worked as an Occupational Therapy Assistant at a hospital in Wales. The average age of the patients meant that there was a lot of talk surrounding the Second World War, the music of the era, the radio shows Gert …

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February, 2017

  • 26 February

    Planting first early Potatoes

    Today is a New Moon day which is good for crops that grow below ground, eg: potatoes, carrots, swede, etc. I planted 2 rows of early potatoes, v. Duke of York, in one of the raised beds. Yes it is early and I wouldn’t normally plant outside this early, but …

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  • 25 February

    Chitting Potatoes Explained

    During February and March you’ll hear many gardeners talk about ‘chitting’ potatoes, but what exactly is it and does it help? WHAT IS CHITTING? Chitting is a process of creating little shoots on the potatoes, where you’ll find their ‘eyes’. HOW TO CHIT? Traditionally gardeners use old egg boxes. They …

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  • 25 February

    #236: Celeriac, Fuchsia, Lupins & Storm Doris – February

    #stormdoris arrives on our plots as Vivi tried to straighten her beds while over in Sean’s greenhouse it’s time to sow celeriac and plant lupins and fuchsia. In the garden the first sign of Spring arrives when the daffodils come into flower.

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  • 11 February

    #235: Brighton & Snow! – February

    The first snow of the year falls on the allotment and Sean spends some time in the seaside town of Brighton, while back at the allotment Vivi is harvesting winter veg.

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  • 11 February

    Testing the new LIVE YouTube feature from the garden

    Testing the new feature which YouTube have given me, the ability to put out a LIVE video.

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