Focus on unusual veg: Celtuce

One of the reasons I love having my allotment is that it gives me a chance to try growing and eating lesser known vegetables. The kind of veg that makes non-growers give you a confused look and ask “What is that?” Each year, I do my best to grow at least one variety of fruit…

It’s not blight! (but it is blossom end rot)

As the title of this post suggests, my tomatoes do not have blight (yet!) This is something that I am extremely thankful for. Blight is a horrible disease that will easily wipe out an entire crop of tomato plants, leaving you with nothing other than a feeling of defeat and frustration. I had not intended…

Flowers, flowers & more flowers

Though I have years of experience in growing vegetables, I must confess that I am something of a novice when it comes to growing flowers. This is surprising for a number of reasons. The first is that I adore flowers. I love taking a walk through a field filled with wild flowers, I can spend…

Growing a curry: Turmeric (part one)

Who doesn’t love a good curry? I am not talking about a supermarket ready meal or a blow-your-head-off, post pub Vindaloo, but a well balanced, homemade dish with an emphasis on flavour rather than overpowering spice. There are so many great curry recipes around that there really is one to suit almost every palate. When…

Creating my asparagus bed

Ever since I took over plot 7a in summer 2015 there was one thing which I knew I wanted. That one thing was an asparagus bed. I love those few short weeks in spring during which farm shops are boasting about their “fresh local asparagus”. I also love the taste of a few grilled spears…

The first harvest of 2018

I am sure most avid fruit and veg growers will understand exactly what I mean when I talk about the anticipation and excitement of the first harvest of the season. Those few days before a harvest is properly ready, when it is nearly there but just needs another day or two to grow a little…

Chillies: Why I love them & how I grow them

Since I took on my allotment four years ago I have grown a wide variety of fruit and vegetables. Some have worked well and some haven’t. When I first took on my plot, I was perhaps a little over-eager and I attempted to grow as many different kinds of vegetables as possible – even varieties…

How to scare your neighbours (aka World Naked Gardening Day)

Most of my friends will tell you that I am not particularly shy about my body. To be honest, if you have never caught a glimpse of me in my birthday suit then we are probably not very close friends at all. Let’s be clear though, it is not some kind of exhibitionist streak, I…

A Fine Day At Firle

One of the things that I love most about this time of year, other than getting out in my allotment and sowing seeds is that it is the time of year when garden shows and events begin again. I love to spend a spring or summer day strolling around a fair or festival in the…

Anyone for a cuppa?

  Anyone who knows me knows that I am always up for the chance to grow something new or slightly unusual. Imagine my delight when, while browsing though one of my gardening magazines, I came across an article about growing your own tea right here in the UK! At first I thought I was mistaken,…