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THE CULTIVATED PLOT: NO GOING BACK

Gardening writer and photographer Graham Strong sets the scene as he charts the progress of his family’s ‘forever’ allotment from war on weeds to pristine patch
By early July 2018 we had established the bones of an attractive plot that was a pleasure to maintain

Having thought that my digging days were over and with my wife, Sally, recovering from five hours of open heart surgery, we decided that the best therapy would be to take on an overgrown, 600 sq metre allotment just a short walk from home. That’s two or even three times bigger than the average. With my parents’ garden in North Wales to maintain, a six-acre wood in South Wales, a quarter of an acre plot at home with every inch under cultivation and an existing allotment, it was a close call. My brother said it was either visionary or total folly. My sister? Well, she likes to have a ‘project’ on the go too! I thought of that mantra you see on the back windows of 4 x 4s, ‘One Life, Live it!’, though I suspect they are referring more to going off-road than gardening. The war on weeds started in earnest in the winter of 2017-2018.

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Welcome to Kitchen Garden Magazine In this issue: ON THE VEG PATCH This month Joyce Russell takes over our jobs on the plot feature. Joyce is busy tending to leeks, preparing bean trenches, sorting seeds and lifting celeriac IN THE GREENHOUSE KG regular Martin Fish moves into the greenhouse and polytunnel from this issue and is having a winter clean up, preparing the soil for spring crops and pruning grapes THE CULTIVATED PLOT In the first part of his new series, Graham Strong gets his new plot into shape for spring sowings MEET THE BLOGGERS This month we meet Hayley Moisley, a young blogger with a bright future in the world of allotment gardening