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May, 2017

  • 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

    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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  • 22 April

    8. 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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  • 21 April

    7. April Tour (Video)

    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?

    allotment in summer

    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

    6. Introduction and First Seeds Sown (Video)

    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

    Starting the 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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  • 28 March

    Family pick roadside daffodils – police involved

    An outraged dad has slammed a police officer who confiscated a handful of daffodils from his daughters after they picked them from the roadside for Mother’s Day. David Taylor had been visiting his mum in Mansfield when he and his daughters decided to pick the flowers in the “spur of …

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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

    5. Making a start 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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  • 12 March

    4. 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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  • 9 March

    March Tour 2017 – Sean’s Allotment Garden #237

    Quick walk around my allotment garden in March.

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  • 5 March

    3. 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

    2. 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

    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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  • 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

    1. New Year, New Project

    With my allotment now covered in raised beds, it makes the task of looking after it very easy. But with that it bring a lot of spare time. So how will I fill this spare time I hear you wonder (you bet had otherwise this post ends now). Before I …

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February, 2017

January, 2017

December, 2016

  • 28 December

    Benefits of a Hard Frost

    For the gardener it’s heartbreaking to open the curtains in the morning to find the garden covered in frost. As the winter sunshine hangs low in the sky, frost can linger in the garden or on the allotment for the majority of the day. However disheartening, there are benefits for a prolonged …

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  • 27 December

    A Year of DIY on the Allotment

    Looking back at all the DIY tasks we’ve done on the allotment garden this year.

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  • 16 December

    Peter Thoday remembers The Victorian Kitchen Garden

    An exclusive interview with Peter Thoday, presenter and narrator of the successful 1980’s television series The Victorian Kitchen Garden, The Victorian Flower Garden, The Victorian Kitchen and The Wartime Kitchen & Garden. Peter talks about his time filming the series and recalls memories of Harry Dodson and Ruth Mott.

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  • 13 December

    Down like a sack of spuds

    As the afternoon Winter light faded into darkness I was walking to my local high street, the usual visit to the supermarket, bank and post office. Suddenly I felt a numb pain in my right foot, I had been laying down for the previous few hours, maybe it was that. …

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  • 8 December

    Vivi harvests carrots and parsnips #228

    Vivi decides to make soup so lifts some carrots and parsnips – what whoppers!

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  • 1 December

    December Tour 2016

    Final tour of Sean’s Allotment Garden in December.

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November, 2016

October, 2016

  • 17 October

    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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September, 2016

  • 29 September

    Clarke Rotary Soil Sieve

    I found this product was very easy to put together and use. Much easier than using a hand sieve and it quickly sieves the soil into a beautiful texture, good enough for sowing seeds directly. A product review of the Clarke Rotary Soil Sieve which I bought from http://amzn.to/2dlqB9v

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  • 18 September

    My YouTube Channel Through the Year

    new youtube channel

    Today is the anniversary of when I created my YouTube channel on September 18, 2010! These are images showing how the channel has changed over the years in line with new designs issued by YouTube.        

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  • 9 September

    Will Adam Frost replace Monty Don?

    “Do you think Adam Frost is slowly being introduced as the new presenter of BBC Gardeners’ World to replace Monty Don, is he the new Geoff Hamilton?” This week I was asked that question while attending a gardening event. In the first of the hour long episodes of Gardeners’ World …

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August, 2016

  • 4 August

    Remembering Geoff Hamilton

    Today marks the 20th anniversary since the death of Geoff Hamilton, one of the best gardening presenters in recent decades. Geoff had a relaxed manner and made gardening accessible and encouraged everyone to “have a go”. If a few pennies could be saved Geoff was the first to point out …

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July, 2016

  • 25 July

    Garden Rescue

    BBC Garden Rescue with Charlie Dimmock and The Rich Brothers

    This month the BBC screened their newest gardening show. Garden Rescue is broadcast weekday afternoons on BBC 1. Presented by Charlie Dimmock of Ground Force fame, she is teamed up with the award-winning designer duo the Rich Brothers, Harry and David. During the 40 minute programme, Charlie and the Rich brothers compete …

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  • 16 July

    Midsummer harvests of no dig potatoes and multi-sown onions

    Advice on when and how to harvest. Watch me simply pull potatoes from undug, unloosened soil, and see the high yield of onions per square foot. More at http://www.charlesdowding.co.uk. Filmed and edited by Edward Dowding.

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June, 2016

May, 2016

  • 17 May

    Vivi released from Hospital

    Earlier today Vivi was admitted to A&E following breathing problems. I thought I’d pulled a muscle in my chest……but, as it got worse, I thought I should be a good nurse and get it checked out. Vivi was released a few hours later to reveal that she had fractured three …

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  • 2 May

    Highgrove: A Garden Celebrated

    Written by Bunny Guinness, Highgrove: A Garden Celebrated is a commemoration of the gardens of His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales. H.R.H. The Prince of Wales has been gardening at Highgrove for 35 years. This book spans a typical year and each chapter concentrate on every month and introduced …

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  • 2 May

    Organic Gardening Bible by Bob Flowerdew

    Mention the name Bob Flowerdew and you think Mr Organic. Bob’s enthusiasm and love for all things organic is reinforced in his latest book, Bob Flowerdew’s Organic Gardening Bible. With the advent of internet blogs the role of the book has become less important for many people but this book …

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April, 2016

  • 16 April

    Making rhubarb crumble cake

    The rhubarb harvest has started! INGREDIENTS 25g butter 25g demerara sugar 50g plain flour 100g butter 100g caster sugar 100g self-raising flour 300g rhubarb 2 eggs 1 drop vanilla essence 1 tbsp demerara sugar

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  • 4 April

    Making Lentil and Sausage Casserole

    You will need 10 Chipolata sausages, 1 Pepper, Half a Courgette, 10 Cherry Tomatoes, Sprigs of Thyme, 250g Pre-Cooked Puy Lentils, 150ml Chicken Stock. Heat frying pan adding a little oil; add the sausages, cooking for 4 minutes (or until done); add the vegetables and cook until they soften; add …

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March, 2016

February, 2016

January, 2016

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