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  1. MYHarvest is a research project funded by the EPSRC and being run jointly between the UK universities of Sheffield, Loughborough, Newcastle and Exeter.


    In the project, researchers from the University of Sheffield aim to collect data of fruit and vegetable yields grown by allotmenteers, private gardeners and community gardeners.  By measuring production by unit area of ground this data could help determine the extent to which own-grown food contributes to UK food security and sustainability today.  This will help in future decisions regarding how much green space in our cities is required for own-growers such as those who contribute to the project now.


    Take part - it's easy!

    Record information about one or more fruit or vegetable crops that you grow.  Even if the yield is lower than expected, the data is still valuable. 

    Information on each crop must include the area of ground on which it was grown and the weight of the harvest.  These can be given in metric or imperial units but be sure to tell them which you have used!

    Harvest results can be sent to the team either by post or via email, whichever is easier.


    Contact details for MYHarvest

    University of Sheffield
    Department of Animal & Plant Sciences
    Western Banks
    S10 2TN

    Email data or questions to
    [email protected]
    Main website:


  2. Yes! The Projects are back!!

    This is a simple project which can be constructed in a very short time - less than an hour - and with a small amount of TLC from you will last for several months.

    You will need:

    Spring flowers - bulbs e.g. Narcissus 'Tete-a-Tete' (miniature daffodil), grape hyacinth, Iris reticulata (miniature iris)
                          - plants e.g. forget-me-not, pansy, viola, primulas (including primroses, auriculas and cowslips)
    Potting Compost
    Garden pot or tub
    A few crocks or stones
    All-purpose slow-release fertiliser - about a handful

    Get Planting!

    1. Place the pot in its display position or as near as possible. Filled pots, particularly once wet, are very heavy
    2. Place a few crocks or stones in the bottom of the pot so the holes are covered but water freely drains through. In spring when we have short sharp showers this is espcially important. 
    3. Fill the tub to halfway up with potting compost.
    4. Plant bulbs in groups near the centre of the pot so when grown they add height to the display or at intervals around the edge for a more formal display. Bulbs are usually planted at a depth of twice their height so adjust compost level at stage 3 to suit.
    5. Add more compost to about 2" below the lip of the pot, mixing in slow-release fertiliser.
    6. Make holes in the compost and plant the rest of the plants, firming in as you go.
    7. Top up the compost leaving 1" below the lip and water gently with a rose on your can, until a tiny amount comes out of the bottom of the pot. This way you know that all the soil is wet.

    Remember to check on it every few days, dead-heading flowers and watering as necessary.

    Pictures to follow...