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Guy Barter

  • Date Joined: 15 Jan 2007

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  • Weekend Allotment Tasks

    Guy Barter on 12 Mar 2010 at 01:53 PM

    After a week without significant rain the soil is in good condition for raking down into seedbeds and sowing. Almost all the digging is now done, but with a quarter of the plot put down to crops for winter and over-wintering for spring cropping there is still much clearing and subsequent cultivation... Read More...

  • This weekend

    Guy Barter on 15 Jan 2010 at 05:28 PM

    People have asked what are you going to do in your allotment this weekend? Since, where no snow actually lingers, it is covered with 5cm of mud on 5cm of frozen soil the answer is very little. None of the produce will get any better from now on so it is dig and use root crops (carrots, celeriac, parsnips... Read More...

  • Dry, wet, dry, wet

    Guy Barter on 26 May 2009 at 12:51 PM

    The spring has been very kind so far. Two weeks ago we had a useful bit of rain that helped wash the newly planted Brussels sprouts plants into the ground. Before that we had some dry weather that provided an opportunity to wipe out weeds and sow more seeds. When the rains came, the seeds, especially... Read More...

  • Winter roots

    Guy Barter on 08 Dec 2008 at 08:33 PM

    Root crops, potatoes, squashes, pumpkins, sweet potatoes and other crops have all been gathered and stored a frost free shed. Yields have been truly excellent – a wet summer is a very good summer for sandland gardeners in dry southern districts. However, lack of warmth has meant that the storage potential... Read More...

  • Tide turned

    Guy Barter on 09 May 2008 at 11:15 PM

    At last the tide has turned and I can now sow at will in good weather and with warm moist soils – perfect. Carrots for winter harvest were sown this weekend. For rotational reasons they are not grown on my raised beds this year but in open ground. This sandy soil is ideal for carrots, but it is also... Read More...