Lemon & lime marmalade

Like many fellow gardeners, I have a love of cooking and especially creating jams, preserves, salsas and chutneys. I love the act of combining a few fresh ingredients with some sugar, vinegar or oil and turning them into something completely different which can be stored away and enjoyed weeks or even months down the line….

P is for…..

Potential! At least, that’s the kind of word you use to describe something that looks a bit of a mess but may scrub up alright with hours of hard work, isn’t it? Let me introduce you to my latest crazy impulse, allotment plot number 3a. I actually took on plot 3a at the end of…

I wish my wallet was as deep as my weeds

Those of you who follow me on my various different social sites will notice that I have taken a little time off lately. Ok, that’s a lie, I have taken a lot of time off. Somehow time has just sped past at such an alarming rate and all of a sudden we are at the…

First steps into coastal foraging

For as long as I can remember I have enjoyed foraging through hedgerows. The simple delights of finding a bumper crop of elderflower or an unspoilt patch of blackberries is always guaranteed to bring a smile to my face. However, despite having lived in a seaside town for five years now, I had never paid…

Making lavender infused oil

I know many people associate the smell as somewhat “old fashioned” or “Granny-ish”, but I absolutely love the smell of lavender. That deep, intoxicating scent that fills your nostrils and for me, instantly transports my mind to a quintessential English country garden in spring. This love of lavender lead to me planting my own little…

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

In addition to this blog post, I also documented the process of creating my asparagus bed in a Youtube video. If you would like to watch me creating the bed, then click here Ever since I took over plot 7a in summer 2015 there was one thing which I knew I wanted. That one thing was…