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What Tomatoes to Grow in 2018?

I’m a member of an internet tomato seed swap. The simple idea is that a number of you collect your own seed, bag them up and send them to somebody who (very kindly) gathers them al up and sends them … Continue reading

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Recipe: Butternut Squash & Potato Corn Chowder

This is a simple to make rich soup, reheats in the microwave well and freezes. Ingredients in italics we’ve grown ourselves (maybe from the freezer). Ingredients Butter & Oil 3 Onions finely chopped  750g Potatoes cut onto small chunks 750g Butternut Squash 600g Sweetcorn blitzed … Continue reading

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Can a Waterbutt of water affect the temperature in a Polytunnel?

I’ve seen a number of discussions as to whether putting a waterbutt filled with water in the polytunnel would help to avoid frosts and (possibly) encourage earlier growth by raising the average temperature in the polytunnel. Whilst there was a … Continue reading

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Recipe: Sausage Casserole

This is a simple to make meal for two which is simple to double (or more) up, reheats in the microwave well and freezes. It also makes a good base for a soup. Ingredients 1 tblsp Oil 250g Sausages 1 … Continue reading

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Pruning Autumn Fruited Raspberries

Yesterday I went to the allotment to prune my Autumn Fruiting Raspberries. Raspberries are possibly one of the few reasons why I want to keep my allotment. This year we picked a total of 17kgs of fruit, about half of … Continue reading

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Tomato Zhefen Short

Medium sized red heritage tomato on determinate plants. Description Zhefen Short is said to be a “tasty 3-inch slightly oval pink tomato that grows on 3ft – 4ft plants. Good juice, sweet/acid balance and great taste. Excellent for a short … Continue reading

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Tomato Yellow Stuffer

Yellow bell shaped open pollinated tomato on indeterminate plants. Description Yellow Stuffer has yellow, bell-pepper shaped tomatoes with a large cavity and few seeds.. The indeterminate, regular-leafed, plants produce a good crop of bell-pepper shaped yellow fruit, ideal for stuffing … Continue reading

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Tomato Yellow Pigmy

Yellow cherry heritage tomato on compact determinate plants. Description Yellow Pigmy is a small yellow cherry tomato that grows on a small determinate plant. Similar in some respects to Tumbling Tom Yellow. Its tasty and worth growing for the fact … Continue reading

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Tomato Yellow Brandywine

Yellow beefsteak heritage tomato on indeterminate plants. Description Yellow Brandywine is a beefsteak tomato with possibly the best flavour of all the yellow tomatoes. In 2012 we also grew Azoychka as a yellow beefsteak. Azoychka was slightly more productive but … Continue reading

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Tomato White Zebra

White striped medium sized open pollinated tomato on indeterminate plants. Description This is said to be a white striped tomato. However, when we grew it (in 2014) our plant (just one) produced standard red tomatoes so we assumed that the … Continue reading

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