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Time for a tidy

With September here, Lucy has made time to tidy up the beds on her allotment ready for Autumn, between de-weeding and dismantling frames she has still found time to carefully dry the pre-accession seeds ready to be sorted along with the other contestants for our Heritage Seed Library...
 

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Think it’s time to hibernate? Think again…

Many think that autumn is the time to step back from the garden, with a focus on tidying and ‘putting the garden to bed’. But there’s still plenty to keep you growing organically through the crisp autumn days, regardless of how big or small your growing space is. Here are our top five tasks:

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Frugal Gardening

Making the most of this seasons produce

According to WRAP. 70% of UK food waste is from households, and we certainly don't want to be adding our homegrown produce to that pile. Join Anton for his final blog in the series as he shares how to make the most of every last bit of homegrown produce.

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The Organic Gardening Podcast

Chris Collins meets Garden Historian, Caroline Holmes

This month, Sarah is taking a well-earned break and her colleague Hannah has stepped in to present this episode with Chris. They chat about September in the organic garden, take time to reflect on the successes and failures of the year so far. Chris shares his advice for new growers to keep a passion for their new-found hobby going throughout the year, and they also talk all things houseplants, including how valuable they are as therapeutic greenery for those with little or no outside space.

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Chris Collins, one man & his organic plot April

The autumnal balcony is a hive of activity

First and foremost the autumn colours that we'll be surrounded by is one of nature’s greatest displays. Chris Collins tells us why a balcony garden should contribute to this despite their size, so there is no excuse to pack up and go inside for the winter...

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New report explores the risks of a disrupted nitrogen cycle

The Soil Association has launched a new report: Fixing Nitrogen, exploring the risks a disrupted nitrogen cycle poses to our future, tackling big unanswered questions and presenting solutions that could fix the nitrogen problem.

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Frugal Gardening

Preparing for Autumn

It's an easy trap to fall into, to just focus on summer produce and forget about production for the winter. It is always better to be looking forward rather than dwelling too long on our achievements, so hopefully, with our eight raised beds and glasshouse, we are reasonably well-prepared.

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Inspiring the next generation...

Lucy has realised that her attitude to growing has changed over time...
Join Lucy this week as she reflects on how her approach to teaching and inspiring her children to grow on the allotment.

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Will it be a world record?

Lucy's latest 'On the allotment' blog describes how the sunflowers on her plot have exceeded her expectations of having one or two flowers. Will her thirteen headed sunflower be a world record?

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Making use of home-grown crops

This week Lucy is bursting with pride as she plates up her first full home-grown salad, and shares her brilliant solution to her never-ending supply of courgettes!

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