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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.

Tuesday, 3 July 2012

Just when you think you have got the plot tidy, the weeds nearby start to seed

One of the on-going problems with allotments is that of neglected plots.

 In the past this was caused mostly by no takers on vacant plots. Now though, there are waiting lists for most allotment sites.

 However now the 'weedy wonders' are caused by a different problem. Just how do the weeds take over an under worked plot so quickly?  Allotments left for a couple of months soon become mainly weeds. The trouble is that even with the best intentions an allotment holder can have times when they cannot keep up the maintenance of the patch.

Another cause is that if someone intends to give up their allotment the time between their decision and the allocation of the plot to someone new can take months. This is because traditionally in some areas there are certain months of the year for starting the tenancy.

The problem of next door becoming overgrown and weed seeds blowing onto a tidy plot can affect some long established and very well kept plots. As they say 'one year's weed seven years seed'. Just when you are thinking you have 'almost cracked it' along comes nature with another plan.

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