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The Growers Diaries: Danni Gallacher

Danni Gallacher

Danni Gallacher is an organic, no-dig grower, crafting and maintaining an incredible permaculture style allotment at her site in Meersbrook, Sheffield.

Started growing 2014
Favourite plant to grow Strawberries
Biggest learning curve Protecting from pests
Favourite CANNA product BIOCANNA Bio Terra Plus

This season has been a bit of a weird one!

My allotment is next to the woods which means wildlife eats everything, this gives you extra challenges in keeping everything safe. I was originally a massive house plant fan and since I ran out of space, I moved to the garden and then into my allotment. I never dreamed of owning of a garden or allotment but 4 years later here I am. Two years ago I began sharing my journey on Instagram and people resonate with my real and honest posting which I really like.

My site is organic no dig and I use permaculture which is working with nature as much as possible! Working with nature rather than against it is how I like to garden. Putting plants in positions where they need it, growing different vegetables in patches and letting them grow together to prevent pests and making the environment a little bit healthier.

Growing food for myself is a great bi-product of my growing, it isn´t my main reason for having my allotment space – it is also great for my mental health and being outside in nature.

I trialled BIOCANNA last year on my tomato bed, testing BIOCANNA vs non BIOCANNA and I noticed a massive difference in a better yield and greater harvest. Also that my soil was much better condition after using the BIOCANNA substrate, noticing a difference in the organic matter coming through and making a difference to my plants as a result.

I like gardening because it is similar to skateboarding! It teaches you patience and that you can´t get everything at once; you have to put time, effort and dedication into seeing an end result.

I have found new plants popping up around my pond, I don´t know what they are and I didn´t plant them! But it feels like a homely place.

This month my strawberries have been growing really well. I have been running a 50/50 experiment with BIOCANNA Flores, half my strawberries are in BIOCANNA and the other half are not. I have noticed how much bigger the BIOCANNA plants are, since they have started flowering I would guess they are triple the amount of flowers than the other half.

I am growing my onions in a bath tub this year. They are not doing very well as I get leaf-miner every year. You can see the marks where the fly lays its eggs and then little miners burrow down into the leaf and gets into the bulb which ruins all your onions.

Broad bean flowers smell like sweetpeas, they have a really lovely perfume! My parsnips have germinated really well, I followed a trick I found on Instagram where you put down a plank of wood after you have watered and sewn, which essentially keeps in the moisture a bit more. Sometimes you hear about hacks and you are unsure if they will work, but it really worked!

All the plants inside in my greenhouse are going to be planted out in the allotment in the next few weeks. Then the beds inside are going to be filled with BIOTERRA and it will be where I plant my tomatoes.

I have got a plant variety called Melon Mangomel – it is meant to be a mango tasting melon and it is what I will train up the beam in the greenhouse.

My immediate plans is just getting out the stuff in the greenhouse and getting it all into the beds so it will be a task for sure!

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