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Growing Your Own Fruit and Vegetables

We grow our own fruit and vegetables for our meals for as much of the year as we can. Without a greenhouse we have to buy shop food in the winter months but in the spring, summer and autumn we often have enough to share with family and friends.

Read about growing your fruit and vegetables here on my growing your own food pages.

Wednesday, 25 May 2011

What can you do about the dry spell?

We seem to have reached a point when work cannot progress at the allotment because of the dry spell. Even earthing up the potatoes further  is practically impossible with the sandy soil looking more like a layer of concrete. Any time spent there is just eaten up by weeding and watering.

As an emergency measure I may try planting some seeds by the 'puddling' method. Which means I will dig a shallow trench and then fill it with water when it has drained to leave a muddy trench I will plant the seeds and cover them.

Other then that I can only think of planting into a trench filled with compost.

Even then keeping them watered to germinate and develop will take more then usual efforts.

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a healthy potato plant in flower

a healthy potato plant in flower
photo of potatoes in flower

home grown carrots.. grown from seed

home grown carrots.. grown from seed
photo of my first bunch of carrots 2009

Even a small batch of mixed fruit can be useful

Even a small batch of mixed fruit can be useful
Home Grown Fruit can be made into delicious compote