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Andy does gardening with a hedge trimmer, HOW TO Cut a Conifer - Available for Hire!

Wednesday, March 28th, 2012

Not the hedge trimmer, me, if you want me to do this to your conifer let me know!

It’s fantastic my Stihl HS45 Petrol Hedge Trimmer, goes through hedges like butter, here’s an example, Lindsey wanted the conifer bush reducing in height in front of the window.

BEFORE

BEFORE - NOTE THE HEIGHT

AFTER

AFTER - PROPER JOB!

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Andy’s Allotment

Wednesday, March 21st, 2012

These are pictures of My Allotment, Plot 1 at Gravel Pit Allotments.

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Hopefully, can do something like this again…

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Andysworld! Advent Calendar - Dec 9 - Gravel Pit Allotment Association site

Friday, December 9th, 2011

Just before it started to snow today, at approx 2pm, I was taking pictures of the Gravel Pit Allotment Association Site, which I believe, and I’m now a Trustee off, as we our a Registered Charity. The top soil has raised the level, we are currently waiting for the top soil to settle.

it was a lovely day, and I went for a quick walk with my new Wellington Boots!

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Community Allotments in the shire! - £24,000 has been secured from the Big Lottery Fund’s Local Food scheme

Friday, August 5th, 2011

I’m not sure, if I had, told many people, because I had a “gagging order”, but now I can say, “We are delighted to announce that a grant of almost £24,000 has been secured from the Big Lottery Fund’s Local Food scheme and we can now begin to action the plans for community allotments in the village……”

read more here at the Gravel Pit Allotments Website

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Aubergines and Chillies

Wednesday, June 22nd, 2011

We cook with a lot of aubergines and chillies, so why not grown your own. I’ve had success for many years with growing chillies, but never had aubergines plants fruit, I think it’s been too cold in the plastic greenhouse, so these seem to be doing well in the porch, which gets to temperatures at 46 degrees C in the sunshine!

Chilli plant

Chilli plant

Aubergine or Eggplant for our International visitors

Aubergine or Eggplant for our International visitors

Aubergine or Eggplant for our International visitors

Aubergine or Eggplant for our International visitors

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Welcome to my New Secret Garden

Wednesday, November 10th, 2010

Lets say the magic word - “Herbidacious”, and welcome to my New Secret Garden

           Entrance to my Secret Garden

I’m very fortunate, I’ve been after some land, to grow vegetables on for a while, we still await the outcome of funding for our local allotment association.

A neighbour in the hamlet has kindly agreeded to let me have part of the garden to cultivate and grow vegetables, because the garden is very large and it’s too much for them to maintain. This area of the garden used to be culivated and used as a vegetable plot, 10 years ago.

I’m very excited, don’t know, when I’ll find the time, but it’s very close to where I live. It’s going to be a lot of work, but follow the journey here, it starts now…but well worth it I’m sure.

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Andys Secret Garden

Sunday, November 7th, 2010

Maybe this deserves a new blog, but I’ll keep it here, coming soon …

Andys Secret Garden pictures shortly…

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Andysworld! wishes you a Happy Halloween for 2010

Sunday, October 31st, 2010

And in a traditional Andysworld! style - Happy Halloween 2010 readers where-ever you may be in the world tonight - take care.

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ps I hope you put your clocks back!

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Grasshopper

Saturday, July 10th, 2010

There are eleven species of grasshopper native to Britain. They vary in length from 20 to 30mms depending on the species. I cannot recall the last time I saw a British Grasshopper. So I’m pleased to have seen this on on my Chilli plants, and I’ve photographed it for you!

British Grasshopper

British Grasshopper (click for close-up)

This could be a young Common Field Grasshopper, Chorthippus brunneus?

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Time to Chit!

Sunday, March 14th, 2010

Chitting Potatoes on egg boxes!

Chitting Potatoes on egg boxes!

If you’ve not got any egg boxes to chit on, then ask at your local market! You may get them free!

If you’ve not already done so or started, you’ve almost got time left whilst the stockists have still got seed potatoes left on the shelves, to chit them. This year I’m trying the following varieties.

  • First Earlies Vale’s Emerald
  • Second Earlies Organic Orla
  • Maincrop Organic Lady Balfour
  • Salad Juliette
  • Salad Anya

I’m growing Maincrop Organic Lady Balfour and Salad Anya again this year, because I had an excellent crop last year.


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