Yacon dug up. Pleased with results 😀 #vegan #gardening #allotment #allotmentfun #garden #gardenersworld #vegetarian #gardeningtips #blog

The 4 Yacon plants were put out in April and as there had been some frost it was time to dig them up. Started digging some distance away so as not to damage anything.

Have put them in the conservatory for a couple of weeks.

This was the most from one plant.

A few of the tubers

The plant is part of the daisy family ad has a beautiful bu tiny flower.

The original plants

What they were like fully grown

One clump with the not too many tubers but was not in the best place

The 4 plants waiting for spring.

There are some tiny holes in a couple of the tubers so will have a look to see what’s been boring in. Could be wireworm apparently.

An article from the Guardian about the Yacon


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Some Celtuce has sprouted. Lots in fact. #vegan #gardening #allotment #allotmentfun #garden #gardenersworld #vegetarian #gardeningtips #blog

Have been checking the Celtuce seeds in the Greenhouse. Planted 16th October and now 27th. With 25 tiny shoots. It’s a bit late probably but might be ok in the greenhouse although might bring them into the conservatory. Have put them in the sunniest corner of the greenhouse which isn’t itself in the ideal position, with some reflective foam.

This spot, in a corner, was the only place to build the greenhouse, and has been here since buying it in Cumbria in March. Dismantled it and brought it back to Lancaster in a VW Touran and reassembled it. It’s 8 x 6 so just fit in the car with the longer bits vertically between the back door and along side and on top of front seat. I had left one seat behind the drivers seat for passenger.

At the moment, in addition to the Celtuce, there is Chard, Kale and lots of salad leaves in 3 stages of growth. There is also Kale here, as well as a few kale back at the allotment, but am spreading out the picking season.

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How dangerous are Laurel Hedges? #vegan #gardening #allotment #allotmentfun #garden #gardenersworld #vegetarian #gardeningtips #blog

Laurel hedging plants are available at reasonable prices and provide a cheap and decorative hedge. I had no knowledge of hidden dangers until I visited the Poison Garden at Alnwick, in Northumberland. The garden has 100 plants of varying deadliness and I was surprised to see the Laurel.

Apparently it has developed a defense of Cyanide which is released when animals start munching. Now that there are hedge trimmers, they replicate the action of eating by animals, but on a larger scale. To the extent that people have lost consciousness and fallen off ladders etc. even taking the cuttings in a car to the tip with poor ventilation – is enough to cause drowsiness and an accident.

This is a newspaper article describing the dangers.


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Rhubarb leaves can kill. But you knew that right?

The entertaining guide at the Poison Garden at Alnwick Castle told the tour group of a government information leaflet in WW1 which encouraged people to eat any green leaves. 15 people died so they withdrew the leaflet. In WW2 the same leaflet was issued and 5 people died. This is a link about the garden. https://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/step-inside-worlds-most-dangerous-garden-if-you-dare-180952635/https://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/step-inside-worlds-most-dangerous-garden-if-you-dare-180952635/https://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/step-inside-worlds-most-dangerous-garden-if-you-dare-180952635/

Many other interesting facts. Laurel hedges can give off cyanide as they have this defence for munchie animals but will also gas people off their ladder (and in a car full of cuttings on the way to the tip).


Many other interesting facts. Don’t handle Rue. Will give you 7 years photo sensitivity.


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It all went to pot. Allotment planting hopes were dashed. #vegan #gardening #allotment #allotmentfun #garden #gardenersworld #vegetarian #gardeningtips

I was going to plant Garlic Bulbs, Wild Garlic and Broad Beans today but a sequence of events stopped me planting. I don’t know about you but I really get a buzz when planting stuff.

First of all I was doing some research on the beans and ‘they’ say soak the beans overnight. I can’t remember doing that early in the year – but were they runner beans and French Beans? – I think they were and they turned out without soaking. Will try the soaking though. Will try a few beans in the ground as I don’t believe yet that they will grow this time of year😬Maybe keep the rest to Feb and plant in greenhouse. So beans were dry so not ready today.

The 2nd thing was I was expecting the garlic as had a text about a delivery but was something else I had ordered. It wasn’t worth going to the allotment with a few wild garlic bulbs so will go another day and plant away😀

Will post again if anything interesting turns up. The allotment has had a lottery grant for fence and gates but were not told about VAT, so £1,500 to find somewhere. The new gate is up though. Should be an interesting meeting in November. Sounds like £30 x 50 plots minus any funds in credit….

Ordered the Garlic from Sutton’s Seeds @Suttons_seeds BTW

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The Wild Garlic arrived, with a surprise😀 #vegan #gardening #allotment #allotmentfun #garden #gardenersworld #vegetarian #gardeningtips

18th October 2019.

Just waiting for the Sutton’s Seeds garlic variety pack and will be away to the allotment with the other half of the wild garlic and the winter broad beans.

I had ordered 15 of the wild garlic but on opening the packet there were 29. Which was unexpected. 👍

I have put the details on pics here as it was also a quick and tracked delivery so if you fancy some wild garlic leaves when there is little else to pick at Bluebell time then get ordering.

This is from @BBCcountryfile re wild garlic recipes.


Obviously there is garlic growing wild and it’s possible to forage. Be careful too near paths if it is an area where dogs are taken.

The damp border where I have planted 15 wild garlic/Allium bulbs near to a raspberry plant.

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The mysterious Yacon plant. Peruvian Root Vegetable. #vegan #gardening #allotment #allotmentfun #garden #gardeningworld #gardenersworld #gyo #growyourown #vegetarian #gardeningtips

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17th October. Shortly after bringing back the 2nd hand Greenhouse from Cumbria. (Another story there) I felt the need to fill it up. I saw an advert for Yacon Plants in Facebook Marketplace. I bought 4 and were £3 each but having read about them they seemed intriguing. They were on their own for a week or two


Anyway they are about 5′ tall a 4′ wide with tiny flowers which are out of all proportion to the massive plant. Looking forward to digging😀

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Blog 1. 17 Oct 2019. I should have started this back in January when I started my new allotment. There was a steep learning curve, and to be honest not everything worked and mistakes were made. However, I’ve stuck with it and despite having some doubts in the middle of the year, I am happier about what I’ve done and the plans for 2020 are a bit more organised.

Main learning points.

1 The @CharlesDowding #NoDig method is good

2 A net should cover all the Brassicas which will be planted in one place.

3 There are YouTube videos on every possible thing I need to know

That’s a good start.

Anyhow. Today I received some Celtuce seeds in the post from Premier seeds who I have found to have good prices and quick postage. Have planted some as over 1000 seeds in the packet to see if they will grow this time of year in the greenhouse

There was a great article in the Guardian which caught my attention. https://amp.theguardian.com/food/2019/oct/13/cooking-with-celtuce-the-supermodel-of-vegetables.

The next thing I’ve done is plant some Blackcurrant cuttings in various places

Finally went down to the allotment to plant more Blackcurrant cuttings and some kind person had left some clumps of Chives on the help yourself table so I have brought back a couple of clumps and planted near to the kitchen in a raised bed.