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Claire's Allotment

Posted By: 23/02/2011 08:57:00

This week I have a bit more news to update you with. Also this week welcomes the return of 'Claire's Allotment' which has been away for far too long.

For those of you who are new to the newsletter, Claire's Allotment is a YouTube channel I came across a few years ago and decided to include on the newsletter. If you have time browse around the rest of her videos as they contain a lot of useful information.

Over the past two weeks I've been hard at work sowing seeds into Jiffy 7's, which are little pellets of compressed compost with a small hole hole in the top for a seed. I started using them last year and they worked really well. Once the seedlings a larger enough to pot up you drop the seedling and the Jiffy 7 into a pot and fill with compost and you don't end up damaging any of the plants like you would if you where pricking out. They can work out quite expensive but I found a shop on Ebay that was selling them by bulk so I bought a huge sack full. Now I have trays and trays of plants growing away in my cold frame so hopefully the weather will dry up a little so I can get the beds prepared. Although I did hear we are due to have snow next week, but I am hoping it's an early April Fool joke. I have also heard rumours this week of a high chance of a hot and dry summer coming up, better get my umbrella ready then.

As this is the last week of March you should have quite a range of seedlings growing already, but If you've been too busy to start sowing already never fear as the garden centre's and seed companies are providing a huge amount of Plug plants. One of the special offers I've added this week has 180 plants of different varieties ready to be delivered by the end of April. So all you have to do is get the plot ready to go, and the day they turn up, you plant them out. I know that sounds like cheating, but if you're working really hard and you don't have time to sow the seeds, this is a great option for you.

This week my search for Pigs and Lambs is continuing and I'm getting a few leads locally for some animals. I did have a link sent to me by Rob for some Micro Pigs, which I have never heard of before, but then I do live in Darkest Dorset. I could not believe that someone has managed to sell Piglets for £700 each. That has just got to be one of the best farm diversification stories I have ever heard of. I have even been told Paris Hilton has one, and so do the Beckhams. Although I don't think Paris can be carrying it around in a handbag as the movement of pigs is strictly controlled by DEFRA. I don't think I'll be getting any of them this year, even if they are George Forman grill sized.

Have a great week, and watch out for the snow.

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