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,…

Feeling a little behind

Back in December I made the decision that this year I was going to completely redesign my allotment. Though I was fairly happy with the general layout, the plot had a certain slant to it that wasn’t pleasing to my overly critical eye. I was certain that if I re-dug the whole plot that I…

Getting Kids growing!

I am a firm believer that Children should be taught about where food comes from from an early age. In my opinion, schools seem to focus so heavily on the more academic subjects, such as English and Maths that other subjects such as gardening can be overlooked. Of course, I understand the importance of good…

Creating my little wildlife pond

As a young child, there is one thing that sticks in my mind that I always wanted in our back garden, but never got. For many children that may have been grand ideas of a swimming pool or elaborate play area, for me, it was a pond! I can remember enviously looking into the depths…

All work and no play! Cultivating plot 7a

It was late July 2015 when I received the keys to my new plot and I was eager to get it looking like a “proper” allotment as quickly as possible. I knew I had missed the window for planting most things that year, but the weather was glorious and I was keen to get going….

Plot 7a how it all began!

I have always had a passion for growing fruit and vegetables. If I am honest, I have more of a passion for growing them than I actually do eating them, though things are slowly changing on that front! My love of gardening stemmed from childhood. I was lucky enough to live in a house with…