Solving the Potato Famine – Albeit a little late …

Despite the frustration of the weeds taking a hold on the allotment again, I was not deterred. I covered the weeds throughout the allotment with tarpaulin and left them for the winter.

Learning from my mistakes, the ground was then covered with tarpaulin. This keeps the weeds under control over winter and killed the grasses.

Learning from my mistakes, the ground was then covered with tarpaulin. This keeps the weeds under control over winter and killed the grasses.

Whilst this was happening there were plenty of jobs to be on with. For instance, I put up a second hand shed (with a lot of help from my Dad) that  I had acquired from a friend and set up some shelving  for my seeds to grow (when the weather improved). Continue reading

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What is it all About?

I wanted to try gardening – the only problem was the lack of a ‘garden’. Not to be deterred I set about taking over balcony space outside our flat in the middle of a town. I made mistakes: I killed flowers, failed to successfully grow vegetables, wrecked seedlings, over- and under-watered to name but a few hiccups. And despite all my attempts at reading up about what to do, somehow I managed to make all of these errors.

What went wrong? There were a number of reasons: doing too much too fast, over-watering when I had forgotten to water for days before, over-sewing seeds etc. But by far the biggest issue I found was no matter how much of a beginner’s guide books, articles and website claimed to be, I still found myself confused.

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