Tuesday, 8 February 2011

Feed your soul, man!!!!

If you thought that having an allotment was all about feeding your belly then think again, it can also be used to make you feel good too. Don’t you just hate it when it gets to those perfect summer months and the allotment has worked well, too well and you are trying to think of more and more interesting ways to use up those runner beans and cabbages? Well, if you are fed up with the usual summer glut of veg, why not put a little land aside for growing cut flowers?

This is a great time of year for buying bulbs that produce great cut flowers. Dahlias, Lilies and Gladioli are all available at the moment. They need to be protected from the frost so make sure that are well protected until things warm up a bit or you could start them off in a greenhouse.

Cut flowers from bulbs are actually dead simple, just make sure that the ground is well manured, again a perfect February job, and as the plants grow make sure that you have plenty of supports for the plants to keep those stems nice and straight.

If you get really keen you could always enter a few prize blooms into your local flower show! If you are after a few tips, come down to Groves and have a chat with our resident expert Cyril. He is a local judge for many of the flower shows in the Bridport area!

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