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Welcome to our Kilner Allotment

18/08/2014

Come and take a seat in our beautiful, fruitful Kilner allotment. We have been hard at work, planting, watering and maintaining our fruit and vegetables over the past couple of months and now we are seeing our hard work pay off. The thought of biting into food that you have taken the time and effort to grow yourself, is amazing.

Check out the size of this squash!

Growing food isn’t always easy. We have been challenged with gale force winds and torrential downpours, which can ruin the best farmer’s crops! If you want to protect your hardwork, harvest as much crop as you can and support shoots with posts and garden twine, wrapped around in a figure of 8. A little bit of luck will go a long way too!

Courgettes are now ready to pick, so we have preserved some in olive oil, to enjoy at a later date.

If you are attempting to grow your own veggies at home or in an allotment, here are our favourite top tips.

Growing tips and tricks

  • Pick, pick and keep picking! Beans, courgettes and peas all produce more and more quickly if you pick regularly.

  • Squash (Kabocha, Butternut, Marina De Chioggia etc.) as the fruits develop, place a brick under them to raise them off the soil so that as they grow larger they do not get a ‘soggy bottom’ and the slugs are less likely to attack.

  • Snip off any leaves that are shading fruit.

  • Water really well, even if it has rained. Most plants need the equivalent of an inch of rainfall per week to thrive.

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