I'm delighted Grow Your Own Magazine has chosen Veg Plotting as one of the first blogs to feature since its recent revamp. For those of you arriving here after reading your copy this month (or indeed any Saltburn allotmenteers arriving via their local magazine), it's lovely to see you and I hope you'll quickly feel at home :)
You'll see to the right there's some summary Pages to help you get started which includes a bit about me plus an introduction to my garden and allotment plot. Below this there's a selection of some of my Popular Posts: I see quite a few people lately are discussing whether tomato grafting is any good, so you may like to have a look at my post on this topic.
If you wish to home in on a particular subject, there's a Search box you can use at the top left of the page. This is just like Googling, except the search and results are restricted to what's here on my blog. Staying on the left hand side, but further down, you'll also find a Labels section, which shows the broad topics I write about and the number of articles written for each of them. Using Search or Labels will present you with a series of appropriate articles I've written in reverse date order and you can simply page through them as you like.
Last week I showed my proposed plot plan for 2011, so you can have a look at what I'll be growing this year plus a few of the projects and experiments I'm hoping to complete. You may also like to see my Allotment Dreams written in early January. What are your hopes for your plot this year?
As it's early in the year I've been catching up with my reading and there's a couple of book reviews you may be interested in: Digging for Victory is a detailed look at the well known WWII campaign and is quite an eye opener. Organic Vegetable and Fruit Growing and Preserving Month by Month is the latest opus from Garden Organic's former directors.
Next week I'll be telling you about a fantastic workshop I went to in Oxford recently given by Seeds of Italy, so you may like to look out for that.
Grow Your Own also mentions my trips to Dyrham Park and RHS Wisley last year. I went to a perry pear day at Dyrham Park in October which was fascinating and I'll certainly be returning to Wisley again - at less of a gallop - to look at their orchards and vegetable plots.
I do hope you'll enjoy your visit and would like to come back sometime. With this in mind I've provided a number of options on the left hand sidebar to make it easier for you to not miss a thing. If you have a Google account set up, then the Follow facility is for you. Or if you already read blogs using another reader such as Bloglines, then you might like to Subscribe to my RSS feed. Finally, there's an Email subscription option which will pop my latest article into your inbox whenever I publish something.
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