Can any veg grower resist a peek at someone else’s plot? Not me. I actually grazed the underside of my nose last year, straining to poke it over a fence for an eyeful of a stranger’s asparagus.
If you have an allotment, you have ample opportunity to ogle the competition, but for those of us who don’t and who find that Next Door is a desert of lawn and plastic toys, it can be difficult to work out if it’s you, or if this really is a bad year for leeks.
Other people’s blogs are a great way to peek over the garden fence.
Allotment Diary comes from a very exposed plot in Yorkshire. It’s got plenty of photos, keeps writing to a minimum, and gives details on planting and varieties used.
The anonymous owner (you can never be too careful when it comes to competitive growing) also keeps you abreast of his quest for the biggest onion, with plenty of tips for anyone wanting to try themselves. Now’s about the time to check if he’s anywhere near beating his best weight of 6lb 10oz.